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KenLayton commented about Is a free movie theater feasible? on Apr 4, 2008 at 9:54 am

And don’t forget the city and state will get involved.

KenLayton commented about Time-O-Matic Chaser light control box repair on Apr 3, 2008 at 8:50 am

Also try Signatrol (no website, now goes to some company in England making data loggers) at 714 Garfield Park, Danville, Illinois 61832 phone: (217) 446-1160, Fax: (217) 446-1166

They make the model 20 and 30 high speed border chasers. Again you might be able to use parts from their model to fix yours or simply purchase a new chaser. Most sign ordinances will allow you to repair the chase function by installing replacement parts (like a new chaser altogether, hint hint). It’s hidden inside the sign anyway.

KenLayton commented about Time-O-Matic Chaser light control box repair on Apr 3, 2008 at 8:36 am

You could buy a new replacement chaser from a competitor company like FMS Corporation ( and their model 33 chasers/flashers. Maybe the contacts from their chasers will work in yours?

KenLayton commented about $35 tickets for luxury movie theater on Apr 2, 2008 at 9:48 am

$35 for a ticket! How much will the city take in admissions tax?

KenLayton commented about Time-O-Matic Chaser light control box repair on Apr 1, 2008 at 9:59 am

Have you contacted the manufacturer?

Time-O-Matic (Watchfire Signs)
1015 Maple Street
Danville, Ill. 61832-0850
Phone: 1-800-637-2645 or (217) 442-0611 (redirects to

Model two was made in two version: 3 circuit (model 2-6133 or 16378) and 4 circuit (model 2-6144 or 16379).

The parts you are looking for are:

4240 Movable M2 contact & lead assembly (the moving contact)

54047 Stationary M2 contact stud assembly (the fixed contact)

Other parts are:

26507 Universal replacement coil kit, 115 volt 50/60 hz (contains only one coil in the kit)

54099 Model 2 torsion spring

5096 Nylon block for 2-6133 & 2-6144

2410 M2 Ball bearing & eccentric assy for 2-6133 & 2-6144

2430 M2 Shaft & ball bearing assembly

KenLayton commented about Equipment for Seattle theater on Mar 28, 2008 at 9:48 am

McRae Theatre Equipment is located right there in Seattle and they have plenty of equipment for sale. They’ll have exactly what you need. Their phone number is (206) 285-8393 and fax is (206) 285-8375. Tell them Ken Layton in Olympia sent you.

KenLayton commented about Is converting to stadium seating right for you? on Mar 26, 2008 at 10:07 pm

If conventional sloped floor seating is laid out and staggered properly, there won’t be a person’s head in front of you.

KenLayton commented about Is converting to stadium seating right for you? on Mar 26, 2008 at 9:21 am

A well laid out conventional sloped floor seating is superior to stadium any day. Plus handicaps can sit just about anywhere and you don’t have to install elevators.

Stadium seating sucks.

KenLayton commented about Regal to possibly end newspaper listings on Mar 17, 2008 at 8:56 am

Yes, even ‘directory’ listings in the paper are paid advertising. Several years ago, Regal and other major chains greatly cut back on big display ads. The cost was simply getting to be to great.

Considering they bombard you with the same damn trailers in the lobby as you see umpteen billion times before a movie, there’s no need for the newspaper anymore.

KenLayton commented about Aberdeen Theatre on Mar 16, 2008 at 10:55 pm

ken mc:

That’s a copyrighted photograph from page 67 of the book, “Movie Palaces: Survivors of An Elegant Era” by Ave Pildas (ISBN 0-517-53857-1

KenLayton commented about 10,000 Screens to be converted to show 3-D movies on Mar 14, 2008 at 9:43 am

Another gimmick to jack up prices. It’s too expensive to go out to the movies now.

KenLayton commented about Plan for Regal, AMC, Cinemark to go all digital on Mar 12, 2008 at 10:02 am

And at a substantial increase in both ticket prices and snack bar prices to pay for the big tv sets.

KenLayton commented about Dragonfly Cinema on Feb 20, 2008 at 9:12 am

It’s interesting to read the comments on that November 2007 newspaper story, especially the last one.

KenLayton commented about Small town theatre has indy success on Feb 20, 2008 at 9:09 am

longislandmovies is right. The Plaza Twin (now called Historic Orchard) is only 5 miles away from the now closed Charleston Theater in Bremerton. The Charleston tried art house movies and went broke. They even gave away tickets trying to get people to the theater. It didn’t work and the theater closed. For goodness sake, Port orchard and Bremerton area is a Navy town. There are so many military folks and military jobs there. Military people aren’t interested in artsy-fartsy movies.

The city of Tacoma on the other hand has a great art house (the Tacoma Grand Theater) with three screens. It does great business and they program it well.

KenLayton commented about Dragonfly Cinema on Feb 19, 2008 at 3:01 pm

The rest of the theaters in this chain are at

KenLayton commented about Capitol Theater loses its marquee on Feb 3, 2008 at 9:23 am

And now Art Zabel former owner and who’s family built the Capitol Theater has passed away at age 91. It was announced in Feb 2, 2008 Olympian newspaper

KenLayton commented about Lacey Drive-In on Feb 1, 2008 at 10:57 am

I contributed some of the photos and information to Arthur Allen’s Drive-ins of Western Washington site.

KenLayton commented about Capitol Theater on Jan 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm

City of Olympia sign ordinances are very restrictive. I’d be very surprised if a vertical sign was allowed.

KenLayton commented about The WGA strike: When will it end and do we really care anymore? on Jan 21, 2008 at 8:50 am

Yeh those same striking writers gave us those stinkers like Bewitched, Underdog, and Pluto Nash as examples.

High production costs are making it harder and harder to make a movie in the USA. It’s high time the studios moved all production to Mexico where costs are considerably cheaper. In fact I’d be willing to say there are probably tons of talented and creative writers in Mexico that would give us fresh ideas and stories.

KenLayton commented about U.S. movie theaters going digital on Jan 16, 2008 at 9:36 am

Those big screen tv’s are still too expensive for theaters to buy. It looks like you’re watching a soap opera on those things.

KenLayton commented about ABC Wakefield uncovered on Dec 30, 2007 at 9:53 pm

Abandoned asylums sometimes have theaters.

KenLayton commented about Drive-in in need of projector on Dec 27, 2007 at 9:21 am

Isn’t there any projection equipment there now?

KenLayton commented about Looking for help making a Business Plan on Dec 26, 2007 at 8:21 am

Try the forums at as many theater owners hang out there.

KenLayton commented about ABC Wakefield uncovered on Dec 25, 2007 at 10:45 am

Yes, I also would have liked to see pictures of the inside of the projection booth (box), lobby, and restrooms.

That flood must have been because there was no electricity to run the sump pumps.

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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