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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.
This sucks. This was a nice theater too.
About a year ago these folks had some new old stock T-25 amplifiers:
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.
McRae Theatre Equipment in Seattle, Washington may have one.
Same goes for American Cinema Equipment in Portland, Oregon.
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?
A friend drove by this theater last week. The readerboard now says:
“reopening soon — movies return in November”
Here’s a picture of the marquee as of Sept 18, 2007:
It still has no wiring, no electricity, no neon, and the readerboard that faces north has no glass panels in it.
Here’s all you’d ever want to know:
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).
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.
Yup it’s closed.
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.
The theater has an old time western “Saloon-Hotel” facade.
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.
And today Tom Moyer has a net worth of 625 million dollars. He made his in the theater industry.
At the time of closing, Regal Cinemas was operating it. It made money, but they did not want to operate any discount theaters.
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.
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.
The state is now widening the highway in front of the theater to add a left turn lane at the entrance to the theater.
Opera should be enjoyed by live performances on a real stage not watched on the big tv. The next thing you know there’ll be commercials in the opera. “We’ll return to the Metropolitan Opera after these mesaages”.
What makes you think analog soundtracks have problems? I have seen digital soundtrack problems where one or two reels of a print have a bad digital audio track or a bad DTS disk. Lately to me it seems the digital audio tracks have been having the problems alot more than analog. Of course there are theaters who play digital audio mostly and neglect maintenance on the analog backup. So when the digital audio drops out to analog, suddenly it sounds bad. Mostly from lack of adjustment of buzz track and Dolby tone.
And what makes you think that video projection will save money? Exhibitors will be locked into expensive service contracts on those big tv projectors. These machines require larger, more powerful xenon lamps just to match brightness levels with film projectors. Larger lamps mean more expensive to purchase lamps, lamps that only last half as long, lamps that require more electricity to operate, lamps that require much greater cooling. These things also require much cleaner electric power than a film projector. Exhibitors will have to throw away those expensive video ‘projectors’ every couple of years due to obsolescence or changes of formats/standards.
Every movie theater in the world must put on a good show or the customers would disappear. Video projection is not going to guarantee putting on a good show. Only a skilled projectionist with properly maintained projectors will guarantee a good show.
So you abandonded the tried-and-true (and reliable) 35mm film format and went to big screen tv huh? You’ve traded the movie-going experience for the living room experience. Why don’t remove the theater seats in the ‘auditorium’ and replace them with couches?
My favorite is also the second one. It just seems to fit the theater like a glove.
The “G” in the theater’s name is from the Ghosen family who built it and operated it until 1990 or so.