Monday, March 21, 2011

Aladdin Theater

I met up with our local urban sketching group for coffee then sketching, then for lunch at the Twilight Cafe, when we chatted and passed around our sketch books. The rain clouds threatened but withheld their store, and the sun even peeped out for a few minutes that day! It felt great to sketch outside for a change especially since I had such good company.

I sketched this familiar landmark in SE Portland. The sign has a certain charm for me, although I don't think I have ever been inside the theater. I see from their website that the theater has gone through several big changes through the years, from a vaudeville house in the 20's to specializing in family movies in the 50's, then to X-rated movies in the 70's and 80's. In 1993 it was renovated and started a new life as a venue for live music, as it continues now. I'll have to check out the inside sometime.


  1. These are great! Your Aladdin Sketch makes me realize its similarity to the Hollywood Theater. They both have that exotic look to them.
    Wonderful sketch of Alanna, too. I knew it was her even though you didn't give her quite as much hair as Luna did.

  2. Very nice sketches, Janene. I love the portrait of Alanna and the title sounds like you drew her at twilight. That's much more romantic sounding than the actual place.

  3. Wow! I didn't realize you had sketched me...although now that i think about it, i think i did catch you looking at me :) I love the sketch! yay!

  4. Vicky, I noticed the similarity too. Both are kinda funky/exotic!
    Bill, the title does sound much more romantic than the actual place, although it was rather dark in there.
    Alanna, I think you were too busy sketching me to notice me sketching you. ;-)

  5. Great work Janene! Sorry I couldn't make it to the sketch crawl after all. Sounds like you all had a good time!

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