1960s cinema ad inspiration for Crestview restaurant's window art

COney Island window

Coney Island's new window art features an anthropomorphic hotdog familiar to 1960s movie theater audiences. The work was created by Baker resident and Coney Island hotdog aficionado David Schroeder (inset).

LISA SCHROEDER / Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 at 11:49 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Anyone who's sung along with the "Let's all go to the lobby" concession stand movie promos will instantly recognize the new motif on Coney Island's front window.

Baker artist David Schroeder said the iconic dancing hotdog —accompanied by dancing popcorn boxes and candy in 1960s movie theatre advertisement films — inspired him.

Restaurateur Julia Phillips asked Schroeder, a longtime friend and Coney Island hotdog aficionado, to come up with a window design. After preparing a scale drawing for Phillips' approval, he enlarged it, taped the pieces together to make full-sized art, and traced it on the window with a marker.

Over four nights, working three to four hours each evening after his job at the Sandestin Hilton, Schroeder made his design come to life on the Main Street eatery's window.

"I'd work all day, go home, get my kids situated and then go paint," he said.

While it was Schroeder's first storefront painting, he has been dabbling in art since his youth. "I've done everything — from drawing, painting and tattooing — a lot," he said. "I've been doing it all my life."

"I love what he's done. I like the bright colors and it captures the eye," Phillips said. "It's a completely different take on what we had before."



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