Pelican Diner

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

“The Pelican Diner”

St. Pete Beach, Florida

The familiar style Silver Diner, at 7501 Gulf Blvd, in St. Pete Beach, Florida opened in 1951 and became an icon of American History for decades. In the 1990’s, I participated in several street festivals, located within a block of the diner. Everyone that ate at the diner seemed to know each other, because of the morning rituals of breakfast or lunch.  I took many pictures of the diner after the show closed and returned the next year with the painting and prints, which were a popular item for the locals.

The Pelican Diner closed in 2001.  I had heard that the owners ran the diner for all those years and were unable to continue.  The Diner was sold in 2003, with the intentions of moving it to another location and reopening.  The last information I have, is the diner is sitting in storage somewhere, but that corner on Gulf Blvd, no longer has the familiar aroma in the morning of bacon and sausage.

Other Silver Diners I have painted are:  Rosies Diner, Rockford, MI;    Rosies Diner #2, Rockford, MI;    Inside the Silver Diner – RedInside Silver Diner – Pink.

Other St Pete places I have painted are:

Biff Burger

28th Street Drive in Theatre

Ted Peters Smoked Fish

Pelican Diner

 
Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston
Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)
 
8″ x 12″ Black Edge………. $109.17
8″ x 12″ White Edge………. $109.17
8″ x 12″ Wrapped Edge………. $109.17
 
 
12” x 18” Black Edge ………. $168.07
12” x 18” White Edge ………. $168.07
12” x 18” Wrapped Edge ………. $168.07
 
 
16” x 24” Black Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
16” x 24” White Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
16” x 24” Wrapped Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
 
 
20” x 30” Black Edge………. $314.34
20” x 30” White Edge………. $314.34
20” x 30” Wrapped Edge………. $314.34
 
 
24” x 36”Black Edge ………. $335.65
24” x 36”White Edge ………. $335.65
24” x 36”Wrapped Edge ………. $335.65
 
24” x 36” ………. $1,295.00 Original Painting
 

 

 

28th Street Drive-In Theatre

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

28th Street Drive-in Theatre

St. Petersburg, FL.

For those of us that remember the teenage years with outdoor drive-in theatres, we have heard many stories about what happened at those theaters.  The painting depicted here, in St. Pete, Florida, shows how some of us saved a few bucks, by hiding in the trunk of the car, until after we were inside the theatre.  I’m sure you never did that! 

Those were just rumors, right? They eventually got smart and just charged by the carload, instead of per person.  There are less than 500 outdoor theatres left in the country.  Most have been converted to shopping centers and housing communities.

Other outdoor theatre paintings I have done are: Tri-way Outdoor Theatre, Plymouth, INFt. George Drive-in Theatre, Southgate, MI  

Other St Pete places I have painted are:

Biff Burger

28th Street Drive in Theatre

Ted Peters Smoked Fish

Pelican Diner

 
Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston
Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)

11″ x 14″Black Edge………. $141.82

11″ x 14″ White Edge………. $141.82

11″ x 14″ Wrapped Edge………. $141.82

 

 

18″ x 24″Black Edge………. $237.96

18″ x 24″ White Edge………. $237.96

18″ x 24″ Wrapped Edge………. $237.96

24″ X 30″ original painting on stretched canvas not available.

 

 

Chicago Theatre

Copyright Larry Johnston

Copyright Larry Johnston

The Chicago Theatre,

Downtown, Chicago, Illinois.

There was a time when I started painting neon signs in the paintings, so while I was in Chicago, I couldn’t help but to photograph the Chicago Theatre. Little did I know at the time, the hit movie “Chicago” would be released to the theatres within a year of when the painting was finished. The painting became the center of attention shortly thereafter. The movie came out in 2002 and has become one of my favorites, especially the music soundtrack.

The Chicago theatre, was built in 1921 for 4 million dollars, which included ornate architecture and beautiful murals above the stage and on the ceiling.  The vertical “Chicago” sign outside measured six stories high.

The theatre closed in 1985 and was saved from demolition and reopened in 1986 with a gala performance by Frank Sinatra.

The Chicago, is one of several theatres I have painted from around the country. Other Theatres I have painted are: The Palace in South Bend, IN; The Reese in Plymouth, INFox in Detroit, Atlanta’s Fox, Fox #2 in Atlanta;  The Los Angeles Theatre; Loew’s Theatre in Jersey City, NJ, Warner Theatre, Elkhart and the Lerner Sign in Elkhart, Indiana.

Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)
 
8″ x 12″ Black Edge………. $109.17
8″ x 12″ White Edge………. $109.17
8″ x 12″ Wrapped Edge………. $109.17
 
 
12” x 18” Black Edge ………. $168.07
12” x 18” White Edge ………. $168.07
12” x 18” Wrapped Edge ………. $168.07
 
 
16” x 24” Black Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
16” x 24” White Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
16” x 24” Wrapped Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
 
 
20” x 30” Black Edge………. $314.34
20” x 30” White Edge………. $314.34
20” x 30” Wrapped Edge………. $314.34
 
 
24” x 36”Black Edge ………. $335.65
24” x 36”White Edge ………. $335.65
24” x 36”Wrapped Edge ………. $335.65

 

 
24″ X 36″ original painting on canvas not available.