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It’s interesting to read the comments on that November 2007 newspaper story, especially the last one.
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.
The rest of the theaters in this chain are at www.oasiscinemas.com
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
I contributed some of the photos and information to Arthur Allen’s Drive-ins of Western Washington site.
City of Olympia sign ordinances are very restrictive. I’d be very surprised if a vertical sign was allowed.
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.
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.
Abandoned asylums sometimes have theaters.
Isn’t there any projection equipment there now?
Try the forums at www.bigscreenbiz.com as many theater owners hang out there.
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.
Here’s a link to the story and pictures of the new marquee all lit up:
Here’s a link to the story and full color picture:
That new marquee is fantastic! So much wonderful neon!
“The townâ€™s only movie theater was built in 1942 and had to shut down this spring because its projector could no longer show modern movies.”
Projector could no longer show modern movies. What a crock! 35mm picture standards are still the same. There would have been no need to replace the projector. The only changes that theater would have had to make is to install a red LED reverse scan reader in the soundhead in order to play “cyan dye” analog soundtracks. The price for the unit they need and installation by a theater tech would be less than $1,000. In fact they would not have needed to shut down for the installation of it. A good tech could have installed the reader in an hour or two
Theaters are pricing themselves out of business. It’s gotten too expoensive to go to the movies. Don’t forget how expensive gasoline has gotten just to get to the theater.
You’ll be bombarded with trailer after trailer for sequel after sequel and remake after remake anyway. Considering that the theaters get paid for showing commercials, admission should be free.
True this footage may exist elsewhere, but perhaps this footage is in better shape or has different shots or better sound then what’s out there. Might be worth checking with the film archives at UCLA too.
Looks like the fire-proof nitrate era projection booth is relatively intact.
Good story. My friend Dave Fazende is the operator of the theater.
Will these showings be on 35mm film?
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.
I still have equipment in the projection booth I need to get out.
No movies at all?
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.