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Knott's Builds Pavilion for Its New Dog and Dolphin Show

June 22, 1986

Traveling circuses and carnivals used to ballyhoo their performances with "dog and pony shows." Knott's Berry Farm is neither a circus nor a carnival, it does not travel and it has no dog-and-pony show. What it does have is a "dog and dolphin show."

Two new features are showing in Knott's new Pacific Pavilion: "Splashdance '86," consisting of agile aquabatics by two dolphins and a sea lion, alternating with "Snoopy's Diving Doggies," called by the park's publicity department "a madcap carnival of cavorting canines." It consists of six pups playing pool-side pranks and plunging from a 10-foot board.

The $1-million Pacific Pavilion seats about 1,000 people on three sides of a 54-by-45-foot pool, 14 1/2 feet deep, shading them under bright canvas. The fourth side is a proscenium stage. Behind the pavilion is a 28-by-12-foot pool, six feet deep that serves as a "green room" for the dolphins to rest in between performances.

The pavilion is called a "bright example of exposition architecture" by Knott's resident architect, Jon Pugh, who directed its conception and design by the park's design and planning department. He amplified:

"In planning the Pavilion, we went back to the classic Beaux Arts-style, adding a few touches of our own to bring it into the 1980s. We looked at existing Beaux Arts classics for inspiration--particularly those magnificent buildings erected in San Francisco for the Pan-Pacific Exposition of 1915."

Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, is open every day except Christmas. The new shows are playing several times daily.

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