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KenLayton commented about State Theatre RFP on Sep 18, 2006 at 3:00 am

A combination of live stage productions and movies should work well in this type of facility. A restored theater can revitalize a downtown area just as the restored single screen Chehalis Theater does for downtown Chehalis, Washington (shown on both cinematreasures and cinematour websites).

Remember also that much damage to a building can be done by not addressing pidgeon/bird problems, roof problems, and vagrants. One would hope that you address these immediate problems first and formost, lest the building decay beyond practical repair.

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KenLayton commented about Movie theater start-up experience? on Sep 18, 2006 at 2:30 am

First you should read all over the FAQ at the forums at www.bigscreenbiz.com as that will give you information on theater operation/costs. Then go visit www.mcmenamin.com which is the Pacific Northwest’s most successful (and well-liked) “brew-pub” and dinner/movie operator.

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KenLayton commented about Drive-in theater plan cruises on Sep 14, 2006 at 10:00 am

It didn’t say the picture area of the screen, just the size of the structure.

The picture size for that size of a drive-in should be 40 feet by 94 feet.

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KenLayton commented about Cinema Ad Firm to roll out digital equipment on Sep 11, 2006 at 9:19 am

Oh great—-more of the television experience. :rolleyes:

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KenLayton commented about Reminder: Keep comments on topic! on Sep 3, 2006 at 9:46 am

A paid site wouldn’t work for me. I’m dirt poor and just make paying rent on my apartment. I’ve been in the theater industry 30 years and have seen many old, closed, deserted, restored, open theaters. I’ve contributed information on some Washington state theaters and to have to pay to contribute/discuss theaters would lock me out.

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KenLayton commented about Reminder: Keep comments on topic! on Sep 2, 2006 at 5:34 pm

Gabby:

That’s odd about Cinematour.com. It is run from film-tech and neither site allows aliases. If you know someone using an alis you should inform the moderators at those sites.

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KenLayton commented about Now showing: Too much on Aug 29, 2006 at 3:35 am

Another example of overbuilding. When will they ever learn?

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KenLayton commented about New Harkins to go digital on Aug 26, 2006 at 10:35 am

Digital VIDEO

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KenLayton commented about New Harkins to go digital on Aug 26, 2006 at 4:24 am

Yes I have seen one because I installed one of these stupid video projectors in a theater. It sucked bigtime and it looked so phony.

I would never ever pay to see this video crap in a theater. I pay to see a film not a video.

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KenLayton commented about New Harkins to go digital on Aug 25, 2006 at 2:08 am

All big screen television. Bring in the beer, pizza, and chips. Let’s watch the football game.

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KenLayton commented about Fate uncertain for Beverly Drive-In on Aug 24, 2006 at 9:55 am

This theater should be rebuilt. It’s needed now more than ever.

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KenLayton commented about Downtown Marshalltown built around Orpheum on Aug 16, 2006 at 3:46 pm

Ah yes, Marshalltown——the home of late actress Jean Seberg. I hope the theater project is successfull.

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KenLayton commented about Eltrym Historic Theater to close on Aug 15, 2006 at 2:48 am

This is terrible news. I know that the owner was fighting with the city over fire sprinklers. The city would rather have a closed business I guess.

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KenLayton commented about Roxy Theater on Aug 15, 2006 at 1:57 am

The auditoium interior is very similar to the State Theater in Olympia, Washington.

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KenLayton commented about Vintage Box Office Magazine issues on Aug 10, 2006 at 2:07 am

Donate them to www.film-tech.com where they will be cared for properly.

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KenLayton commented about Showbox Theater fire on Aug 9, 2006 at 9:15 am

According to tv news reports today, the fire department confirmed the fire was started by a motor that caught fire inside an HVAC unit. Damage estimates are $250,000 to the building, but the building is still open for business while repairs take place.

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KenLayton commented about Theater screen material wanted on Aug 9, 2006 at 2:44 am

Theater screen manufacturers will make screen material in any size needed as all theaters are different. Contact these folks:

Harkness Hall (540) 370-1590 www.harknesshall.com

Hurley Screen (410) 838-0036 www.hurleyscreen.com (in Maryland)

Technikote Screen (718) 624-6429 www.technikote.com

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KenLayton commented about Cinemark Buys Century Theatres on Aug 8, 2006 at 9:30 am

I heard the rumored purchase price was 1 Billion!

Well I guess that means Century is down the crapper now.

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KenLayton commented about Looking for a theater for sale in Southern California on Aug 7, 2006 at 8:56 am

I beleive the Theater in Blythe, Calif is for sale.

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KenLayton commented about Urgent - Theaters Wanted on Aug 7, 2006 at 3:01 am

Bigscreenbiz.com forums (“The Lobby” section) has a thread going on theaters for sale/lease with quite a few listings now. Worth checking out.

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KenLayton commented about Mount St. Helens Cinedome on Jul 22, 2006 at 4:06 am

A few years ago they installed conventional 35mm theater projectors in addition to the Imax stuff. The Imax movies weren’t generating enough revenue so they reverted to regular 35mm first run movies.

By the way, the asking price for this theater is way too high!

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KenLayton commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinema on Jul 21, 2006 at 2:09 am

It was indeed operated by General Cinemas Corp.

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KenLayton commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinema on Jul 21, 2006 at 2:08 am

Lincoln Plaza 8 is available for lease or sale. This theater had THX certified auditoriums. I’d sure like to see this theater reopened. Someone is taking good care of the place now. The grounds are meticulously trimmed/cleaned and the building is kept free of graffitti/vandalism.

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KenLayton commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinema on Jul 20, 2006 at 3:05 pm

Corey:

You’re thinking of the Tacoma Mall Twin theater that was demolished two years ago. Krispy Kreme replaced that theater.

This 8 plex Lincoln Plaza has been closed for several years.

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KenLayton commented about New stewards for Needles Theater on Jul 17, 2006 at 2:06 am

This is very good news indeed! I wish you good luck and much success with this project. If there are no large chain-owned theaters in your area, I’ve heard that Regal Cinemas has sometimes donated equipment (projection, sound, seats, concession, etc.) to projects like this. You need to contact Regal Cinemas corporate HQ in Knoxville, Tennessee and talk to the west coast operations person about getting a donation. Regal just donated some equipment to the single screen Roxy Theater in Morton, Washington (check out their theater at www.firemac.org))