Comments from KenLayton

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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.

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KenLayton commented about Fox Theatre on Aug 25, 2007 at 9:30 am

It looks like all that’s being done there now is simply painting the marquee. It’s been two years now and there’s still no electrical work been done to the marquee nor has the neon or light fixtures been put back. Over a year ago the entire bottom fell out of the marquee on the sidewalk. That part has not been fixed either.

It’s been almost two years since the last movies were shown here.

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KenLayton commented about Puyallup Cinemas on Aug 21, 2007 at 4:15 pm

And today Tom Moyer has a net worth of 625 million dollars. He made his in the theater industry.

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KenLayton commented about Puyallup Cinemas on Aug 21, 2007 at 3:31 pm

At the time of closing, Regal Cinemas was operating it. It made money, but they did not want to operate any discount theaters.

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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Aug 19, 2007 at 10:56 pm

www.cyyoungind.com will refurbish the seats on location and install cupholders if desired.

I thought John would contact me for information and help too. Ever since his first few contacts, I have not heard from him in a while. My friend Daryl Lund at the Chehalis Theater has 10 screens worth of projection & sound equipment (some snack bar stuff too) in his storage facilities. In fact my friend Dave Fazende also has some projection equipment and seats available.

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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Aug 18, 2007 at 5:49 pm

I think a better idea is have the Aberdeen theater set as a McMenamin’s type brew pub theater. The D&R could be made a twin or triplex theater with the main floor able to show movies or have plays/stage shows. Make the movies an “all seats $3” and you’d clean up in that town. No one goes to that overpriced 10 plex in the mall.