Mark Adamany keeping busy

• Local mural artist designs, paints murals for Star Theater in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Local mural artist Mark Adamany has been busy lately, but you won’t always find him around town. In addition to his murals for residences and businesses in Rockford, Adamany undertook an ambitious project to design and paint murals for the interior of Star Theater in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The multiplex movie theater, complete with domes and vaults, reflects the Star Company’s philosophy.

“They want to make the theater a destination in its own right…like a museum,” Adamany says of the company.

Adamany’s design for the theater’s interior was inspired by favorite movies such as the Indiana Jones series and the Star Wars trilogy. He wanted to show images moving from the past, present, and into the future.

Moviegoers find themselves inside an Egyptian temple with trompe l’oeil windows and crumbling domes. Beyond a desert scene of pyramids and palm trees (with alien spacecraft hovering overhead) stretches outer space. Planets, galaxies, and the earth along with symbols of movie genres: a pirate ship, a biplane, and spaceships complete the scene.

The process of creating the murals on the 6,000-plus square feet of the theater took about six months. Adamany spent a solid month on research for the space, a month on design and nearly three months of studio work before the two-month period of the actual painting on location took place.

Deadlines, budget issues, and the technical difficulty posed by painting an 18-foot ship on the curved interior of the dome were all challenges the artist faced. He found the experience “difficult and rewarding.”

In addition to receiving numerous awards for his work in the past, Adamany has won first place in Signs of the Times, an international sign design competition, for his work in the Star Theater.

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