Comments from KenLayton

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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Dec 22, 2007 at 10:59 pm

Here’s a link to the story and pictures of the new marquee all lit up:

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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Dec 21, 2007 at 9:00 pm

Here’s a link to the story and full color picture:

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That new marquee is fantastic! So much wonderful neon!

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KenLayton commented about Sherburn theatre reopens on Nov 28, 2007 at 8:21 am

“The town’s only movie theater was built in 1942 and had to shut down this spring because its projector could no longer show modern movies.”

Projector could no longer show modern movies. What a crock! 35mm picture standards are still the same. There would have been no need to replace the projector. The only changes that theater would have had to make is to install a red LED reverse scan reader in the soundhead in order to play “cyan dye” analog soundtracks. The price for the unit they need and installation by a theater tech would be less than $1,000. In fact they would not have needed to shut down for the installation of it. A good tech could have installed the reader in an hour or two

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KenLayton commented about Movie ticket prices...good for the box office, bad for moviegoers on Nov 13, 2007 at 9:45 am

Theaters are pricing themselves out of business. It’s gotten too expoensive to go to the movies. Don’t forget how expensive gasoline has gotten just to get to the theater.

You’ll be bombarded with trailer after trailer for sequel after sequel and remake after remake anyway. Considering that the theaters get paid for showing commercials, admission should be free.

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KenLayton commented about Information on value of 1936 fight 35 mm film on Nov 5, 2007 at 9:57 am

True this footage may exist elsewhere, but perhaps this footage is in better shape or has different shots or better sound then what’s out there. Might be worth checking with the film archives at UCLA too.

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KenLayton commented about Last of fire-twisted beams removed from Lebowsky Center on Nov 4, 2007 at 10:35 am

Looks like the fire-proof nitrate era projection booth is relatively intact.

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KenLayton commented about West Seattle movie house to be grand again on Nov 2, 2007 at 9:06 am

Good story. My friend Dave Fazende is the operator of the theater.

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KenLayton commented about November Movies at the Palace Theater on Nov 1, 2007 at 8:22 am

Will these showings be on 35mm film?

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KenLayton commented about Fox Theatre on Oct 28, 2007 at 10:11 pm

No, it now has around 500 nearly new seats (with cupholder armrests) installed on the main floor and around 200 older good condition used seats installed in the balcony. New stair/step lighting has been installed in the balcony. Alot of cleaning and painting has been done to the auditorium. The dividing walls in the balcony that made up the two small theaters is gone so that the theater is a single screen again. Movies in 16mm can be run in the lower projection booth. The main heater in the basement is fully functional again. It puts out 3,000,000 BTU.

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KenLayton commented about Fox Theatre on Oct 28, 2007 at 10:12 am

I still have equipment in the projection booth I need to get out.

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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Oct 26, 2007 at 5:22 pm

No movies at all?

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KenLayton commented about Fox Theatre on Oct 25, 2007 at 9:50 pm

Well it was just in The Chronicle newspaper (Centralia, Wash. www.chronline.com)) dated Tuesday October 24, 2007. The City of Centralia has taken back the Fox Theater from the Opera Pacifica group. The city had not been paid any money since 2003 from Opera Pacifica.

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KenLayton commented about Old Town Cinema on Oct 24, 2007 at 9:33 am

This sucks. This was a nice theater too.

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KenLayton commented about Ballantyne t-25 amplifiers wanted on Oct 17, 2007 at 9:37 am

About a year ago these folks had some new old stock T-25 amplifiers:

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KenLayton commented about Ballantyne t-25 amplifiers wanted on Oct 17, 2007 at 9:32 am

I used to fix tons of those for Tom Moyer’s theaters. There were lots of those amplifiers here in the Pacific Northwest.

Too bad this request didn’t come two years ago. I had a dozen of these rebuilt and ready to go stored at Lacey Cinemas. When the theater closed (a new 16 plex opened down the street) nobody wanted these amplifiers and I had no place to put them so off to the dumpster they went. I even had a test jig that I built to service these amplifiers. It got stolen several years ago.

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KenLayton commented about Platter system wanted on Oct 16, 2007 at 9:44 am

McRae Theatre Equipment in Seattle, Washington may have one.

Same goes for American Cinema Equipment in Portland, Oregon.

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KenLayton commented about ISO: Wilma Theatre info on Sep 28, 2007 at 8:24 am

Is this the theater Andy Crow and Rat did the 16mm movies at? Did or does this theater have a Bell & Howell model 140 carbon arc 16mm projector in the booth?

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KenLayton commented about Dragonfly Cinema on Sep 24, 2007 at 3:56 pm

A friend drove by this theater last week. The readerboard now says:

“reopening soon — movies return in November”

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KenLayton commented about Fox Theatre on Sep 22, 2007 at 11:40 pm

Here’s a picture of the marquee as of Sept 18, 2007:

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It still has no wiring, no electricity, no neon, and the readerboard that faces north has no glass panels in it.

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KenLayton commented about Intermission Films on Sep 14, 2007 at 9:57 am

Here’s all you’d ever want to know:

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KenLayton commented about Miami Planetarium needs American Seating parts on Sep 13, 2007 at 9:55 am

And you contacted the manufacturer American Seating in Grand Rapids, Michigan to check on parts availability?

Another source of seating parts is Cy Young Industries (www.cyyoungind.com).

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KenLayton commented about Capitol Theater on Sep 11, 2007 at 9:41 am

A big shakeup at this theater last week. It was reported in the Olympian newspaper (Olympia, Wash.) that the board of director suddenly dismissed long time (21 years) Technical Director Jeff Bartone. As a result, a bunch of volunteers also walked out in sympathy and left no one to operate the projector. Several showings were cancelled.

I thought Jeff was doing a good job there and the board was wrong to dismiss him.

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KenLayton commented about Mount St. Helens Cinedome on Aug 27, 2007 at 11:20 pm

Yup it’s closed.

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KenLayton commented about Kelso Theater Pub on Aug 25, 2007 at 9:34 am

I hear that they finally got that mew marquee, but that’s it’s dinky and modern. I haven’t been their to verify it though.

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KenLayton commented about G Theatre on Aug 25, 2007 at 9:32 am

The theater has an old time western “Saloon-Hotel” facade.