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Movie magic in giant mural

Kamloops' Paramount Theatre is getting a new coat of paint – or rather paints.

Work on a massive mural has begun, featuring seven different panels.

Local artist Zach Abney is well on his way to creating the largest mural in Kamloops, along with assistant Nancy Kuchta, all based on films shown at the theatre.

The mural is part of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association's back alley gallery, even though most of it won't be in an alley.

"This one is a little bit different since it faces the street," Abney says. "It actually wraps all the way around the building. It goes right down the alleyway, and then there's one more little panel around the back there, too."

The panels will depict scenes from films including Cinema Paradiso, Strictly Ballroom, Raging Bull, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Sweet Hereafter, The Grizzlies, and What We Do In The Shadows.

"This mural, I really wanted it to have a little bit of design language," Abney says. "The whole idea is that it's people that are remembering scenes from films that they've watched that the Kamloops Film Society had put on."

The mural will take about eight weeks to finish.



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