Comments from KenLayton

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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.

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KenLayton commented about Rodeo Drive-In on Aug 15, 2007 at 9:14 am

The state is now widening the highway in front of the theater to add a left turn lane at the entrance to the theater.

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KenLayton commented about The new concert venue or the new television? on Aug 14, 2007 at 8:38 am

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”.

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KenLayton commented about Substandard soundtracks on Aug 14, 2007 at 8:31 am

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.

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KenLayton commented about 35MM Projectors for sale on Aug 13, 2007 at 8:08 am

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?

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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Aug 11, 2007 at 5:29 pm

My favorite is also the second one. It just seems to fit the theater like a glove.

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KenLayton commented about G Theatre on Aug 11, 2007 at 8:07 am

The “G” in the theater’s name is from the Ghosen family who built it and operated it until 1990 or so.

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KenLayton commented about Roxy Theatre on Aug 11, 2007 at 7:18 am

The theater was completely gutted and expanded. The interior was completely changed. What was a movie theater only (had no real stage or dressing rooms) now has a full stage and primarily serves as a playhouse with movies taking a backseat.

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KenLayton commented about G Theatre on Aug 11, 2007 at 7:12 am

Schedule is Friday, Saturday, and Monday only. There are no shows on Sunday as this is a Mormon town. Yes, there is a tiny balcony. There is a cry room but it is converted to theater manager’s office. Bathrooms are very tiny. Theater was built around 1936 and is equipped with Century “C” projector heads and RCA 1040 soundheads. Was lit with carbon arc lamphouses, but in 2002 converted to xenon (Strong Super Lume-x lamphouses).

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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Aug 10, 2007 at 4:13 pm

Was it Esco Pacific sign company taking the marquee down? If so, I understand it will be repaired or replicated.

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KenLayton commented about MobMov on Aug 3, 2007 at 9:43 am

And absolutely none of these are authorized licensed showings. What’s worse is these are all videos and not even real film projection.

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KenLayton commented about Tacoma Mall Twin Theatre on Aug 1, 2007 at 9:34 am

The Krappy Kreme doughnuts is doing considerably less business than the theater ever did. The Mall was stupid to have ever demolished this wonderful theater.

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KenLayton commented about Raymond Theatre on Aug 1, 2007 at 9:30 am

Theater has reopened.

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KenLayton commented about Tacoma Mall Twin Theatre on Aug 1, 2007 at 8:48 am

The Krispy Kreme doughnuts store that replaced this theater is deserted nowadays.