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KenLayton commented about Roxy Theatre on Oct 25, 2006 at 6:38 am

Looks like a different street. Doesn’t appear to match anything on Mashelle Ave, but that street view does look like Main street. I believe that the theater shown in the 1942 photo is now a storefront.

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KenLayton commented about Santa Clarita theater shortage on Oct 24, 2006 at 12:54 pm

According to the figures quoted in the article, 22 screens serving 168,000 people is more than enough screens. You need 10,000 people per screen to have a good business. Not really enough people to support all those screens. No wonder the other theaters closed.

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KenLayton commented about Stromberg Carlson theater amplifiers on Oct 5, 2006 at 5:56 am

I’ve never heard of Stromberg-Carlson making a theater amplifier. This must be rare.

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KenLayton commented about Northern/ Western Electric Mirrophonic sound systems on Oct 4, 2006 at 6:26 am

Projector manufacturer Motiograph licensed the Western Electric Mirrophonic system. Quite a few systems got installed. I remember seeing lots of theater ads in the microfilmed newspaper collections in the theater ads. at the bottom of the ads would usually be a phrase like, “featuring Mirrophonic sound system”.

This equipment is very valuable now. It fetches big bucks if you look at ebay. Many Japanese audio collectors pay real big money for these systems and components.

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KenLayton commented about What I need to start a second run theater on Oct 3, 2006 at 7:36 pm

All these questions are answered in the FAQ at the forums of www.bigscreenbiz.com

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KenLayton commented about How to buy old theater on Oct 3, 2006 at 5:28 am

Suggest checking out the forums at www.bigscreenbiz.com

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KenLayton commented about FIM buying and booking agents on Oct 3, 2006 at 5:27 am

All the theater chains already have their own buying/booking departments.

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KenLayton commented about What I need to start a second run theater on Oct 3, 2006 at 5:17 am

Check the forums at www.bigscreenbiz.com

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KenLayton commented about MovieLand investigation on Sep 28, 2006 at 5:59 am

If you want to come up here (I’m in Olympia) the Puyallup 6 Cinemas in Puyallup, Wash is still for lease. Would make a nice brew pub theater and it’s clean & mostly intact.

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KenLayton commented about MovieLand investigation on Sep 28, 2006 at 5:57 am

Was there still any projection & sound equipment there?

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KenLayton commented about Cinemas adapt in changing times on Sep 26, 2006 at 5:02 am

In other words making it just like in your own home. The addition of tv commercials (that you can’t mute!) has ruined the “theater” industry. No resaon to even go there anymore.

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KenLayton commented about Regent Theatre for sale!!! on Sep 19, 2006 at 4:57 am

What is the number of screens? Does it have digital sound?

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KenLayton commented about State Theatre RFP on Sep 18, 2006 at 6:00 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 5:30 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 1:00 pm

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 12:19 pm

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 12:46 pm

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 8:34 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 6:35 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 1:35 pm

Digital VIDEO

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KenLayton commented about New Harkins to go digital on Aug 26, 2006 at 7:24 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 5:08 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 12:55 pm

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 6:46 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 5:48 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.