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KenLayton commented about AMC opening Northwest's first all-digital cineplex on Jul 22, 2008 at 12:13 pm

This is NOT the first all television theater to open in the Puget Sound area. Galaxy Theaters opened a 10 plex months ago in Gig Harbor (and it’s having equipment problems). Cinetopia has a theater complex in Vancouver that’s been open for almost two years.

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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Jul 15, 2008 at 11:11 pm

Any target opening date yet?

Has the theater finally got a website yet?

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KenLayton commented about Alameda Theatre cuts corners with non-union workers on Jul 9, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Yes, DLP would come under the “video technicians” union of IATSE.

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KenLayton commented about On Line LIVE Theatre Renovation website on Jul 7, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Hmmm….. no movies it appears.

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KenLayton commented about Big-screen giant Imax eyes digital future on Jun 25, 2008 at 12:48 pm

With such cost savings, will the ticket prices go down?

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KenLayton commented about Theater wanted on Jun 24, 2008 at 10:02 am

Elma Theater in Elma, Washington is for sale.

www.elmatheater.org

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KenLayton commented about Wanted: Pair of projectors and pair of Altec A7 speakers on Jun 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Regal usually has their own crew from Knoxville, Tennessee pull out equipment from theaters they close. When they closed the Capital Mall 4 plex here in Olympia a couple of years ago, Regal had American Cinema Equipment pull the equipment out. I was there for that one.

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KenLayton commented about Wanted: Pair of projectors and pair of Altec A7 speakers on Jun 12, 2008 at 10:24 am

Contact American Cinema Equipment (www.cinequip.com) in Portland, Oregon. They have a huge warehouse of used projection/sound equipment.

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KenLayton commented about First films in over 40 years in Flatonia on Jun 10, 2008 at 10:04 am

So, this will be real (reel) movies or just some videos/dvds?

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KenLayton commented about Sony to offer HDTV events in movie theaters on May 28, 2008 at 10:17 am

Sony should be showing The Partridge Family and I Dream of Jeannie on the big TV screen.

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KenLayton commented about DTS Digital Cinema business sold to Beaufort on May 19, 2008 at 10:02 am

Kinda confusing. Does this mean the digital audio division or the television division?

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KenLayton commented about A car dealership with a movie theater? on May 12, 2008 at 10:03 am

I’m surprised the Indian casinos haven’t done the same thing….yet.

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KenLayton commented about IMAX sells $18 million worth of shares on May 7, 2008 at 12:42 pm

I thought IMAX has always been about the big FILM experience not the big tv experience.

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KenLayton commented about Wanted: CP-500 or CP-65 on May 6, 2008 at 12:37 am

From my fellow techs they have all loved the old CP-65. Still very reliable. They have also said the new CP-650 is extremely reliable too and is holding up quite well in commercial use. However, the 650 is still very expensive to purchase and you will need a laptop to setup/configure/test/save settings.

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KenLayton commented about Wanted: CP-500 or CP-65 on May 5, 2008 at 10:07 am

Actually the CP-65 is probably the best processor ever made and still commands a high resale price on the used equipment market. The CP-500 was a very expensive processor when new and is still up there in price on the used market.

Sometimes people do sell these processors on the forums at film-tech.

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KenLayton commented about Onalaska Theatre on May 5, 2008 at 12:32 am

First I’ve ever heard of a theater in this town.

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KenLayton commented about How to fly a screen for live shows? on May 2, 2008 at 11:00 am

Oh yes, I forget to mention, with these types of screens you should put your movie speakers on wheels and the speaker cables should have a method of unplugging from a connector on the wall. This is so that you can wheel the speakers out of the way when not needed. Be sure to paint alignment markings on the stage floor so the speakers can be placed back in the correct spot again. Label the speakers something like, “screen left”, “screen center”, etc too.

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KenLayton commented about How to fly a screen for live shows? on May 2, 2008 at 10:55 am

Here’s a link to Da-lite screens' line of rope and pulley styles:

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KenLayton commented about How to fly a screen for live shows? on May 2, 2008 at 10:38 am

Roll up screens have been used in some theaters with limited space. These are also known as “rope and pulley” (similar to a window shade but without the spring loaded retractor) style screens. They unroll under their own weight as you operate the rope. Only takes one person. There are also electric “roll down” screens operated by a key switch on the wall to prevent unauthorized access.

Both of the above types of screens are usually found in school auditoriums, but they have worked out well in theaters that have used that type of screen. Naturally you can get perforated screens in this style also. Screen manufacturers have all types of mounting styles and surfaces available.

Roll up, roll down, rope and pulley types also have a length of steel ¾" conduit running through the bottom loop of the screen. This is used as a weight to help provide tension on the screen surface to pull out wrinkles and flatten the surface. To keep the whole screen from “flapping in the breeze” you attach a steel cable or chain (nothing fancy) with a turnbuckle and a dog leash latch which you hook onto an eye bolt screwed to the wall. So this allows one person to roll up/down a screen and secure it in place in just five minutes!

I’ve also seen a local college that had limited space on there stage that used a vertically mounted roll up mechanism that allowed the screen to roll back into a “pocket” in the corner of a stage wall. The pocket was on the left stage wall at the right hand side of the screen had part of a chain link fence frame with wheels on the bottom. Took longer to set up than the others mentioned above, but it did work very well for them for 50 years. Eventually this college tore that old theater down and built a ‘performing arts center’ instead and eliminated movies altogether.

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KenLayton commented about Twilight Theatre on Apr 28, 2008 at 10:16 am

The CBS TV Morning is broadcasting from Greensburg, Kansas all this week (April 28-May 2, 2008). They are showing all the reconstruction going on in town and how they are putting things back together again. So far no mention about the theater. Hope someone can get them to show the theater now or at least give everyone an update on what’s happening with it.

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KenLayton commented about Re-Opening a historic single-screen, but need help! on Apr 28, 2008 at 10:00 am

First thing is to jump over to www.bigscreenbiz.com and read-read-read everything there.

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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Apr 24, 2008 at 4:04 pm

Here’s the latest newspaper story about the theater:

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KenLayton commented about Adjusting a mechanical chaser controller on Apr 14, 2008 at 10:51 am

If the gap is too close you’ll burn those new contacts up in no time due to excessive arcing. I think I set the ones I repaired several years ago to 4 business cards thickness.

If you get yourself a cheapo two wire extension cord, you can chop off the female end and use what’s left of the cord as a power cord to power the chaser on your work bench before putting it back in the sign.

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KenLayton commented about Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Apr 9, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Typically the “ban” on movies is on first run movies.

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KenLayton commented about Where to see Indiana Jones? on Apr 8, 2008 at 5:56 pm

I believe the single screen CHEHALIS THEATRE in Chehalis, Wash. has it booked. Excellent picture and sound at this theater!