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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Aug 18, 2007 at 8:49 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.

KenLayton commented about Rodeo Drive-In on Aug 15, 2007 at 12:14 pm

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

KenLayton commented about The new concert venue or the new television? on Aug 14, 2007 at 11:38 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”.

KenLayton commented about Substandard soundtracks on Aug 14, 2007 at 11:31 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.

KenLayton commented about 35MM Projectors for sale on Aug 13, 2007 at 11:08 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?

KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Aug 11, 2007 at 8:29 pm

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

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

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

KenLayton commented about Roxy Theatre on Aug 11, 2007 at 10:18 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.

KenLayton commented about G Theatre on Aug 11, 2007 at 10:12 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).

KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Aug 10, 2007 at 7:13 pm

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

KenLayton commented about MobMov on Aug 3, 2007 at 12:43 pm

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

KenLayton commented about Tacoma Mall Twin Theatre on Aug 1, 2007 at 12:34 pm

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.

KenLayton commented about Raymond Theatre on Aug 1, 2007 at 12:30 pm

Theater has reopened.

KenLayton commented about Tacoma Mall Twin Theatre on Aug 1, 2007 at 11:48 am

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

KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Jul 24, 2007 at 12:29 pm

I found a theater in Pacific Beach that I hadn’t even known existed on the Jones site.

KenLayton commented about Need cup holders for theater seats on Jul 3, 2007 at 11:26 am

You want Cy Young Industries. they manufacture about 90% of the cupholders and cupholder retrofits out there for theater seats.

Check out –> Cinema Products –> Cupholders

KenLayton commented about Somerville Theatre Summer Film Series on Jun 30, 2007 at 11:11 am

So….are all these actually going to be 35mm prints or are they shown on video (yuch)?

KenLayton commented about DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTERMANIA Sept. 7-8 on Jun 21, 2007 at 11:14 am

I’m a little confused here. In one paragraph you say these are 35mm film prints. Yet in another sentence you refer people to a DVD site. So is this going to be a film presentation or just another big screen tv showing?

KenLayton commented about Valley 6 Drive-In on Jun 20, 2007 at 6:56 pm

It’s been “down for repairs” almost two years from what I understand.

KenLayton commented about Wanted: 16mm Carbon Arc Projector on Jun 18, 2007 at 11:09 am

You might have some luck on the forums at and

KenLayton commented about Sky-Vue Drive-in construction under way on Jun 8, 2007 at 6:40 pm

A 35' by 70' screen? That’s the dreaded 2:1 ratio (something to be avoided).

KenLayton commented about New life for Rivoli on May 25, 2007 at 8:27 am

I see in the pictures there’s a huge Altec-Lansing “Voice of the Theater” loudspeaker on stage (that’s good!). I hope these folks consider showing movies once in a while.

It looks like they have some work ahead for them in getting the building working again. How’s the roof? Is it leaking? Has the place been broken into? Any vandalism? Who was the last company to show movies there? Was this a Moyer theater at one time?

KenLayton commented about Question about film rentals on May 22, 2007 at 10:20 pm

Film distributors want the most money they can get from film rentals. Having only 35 seats ain’t gonna do it.

KenLayton commented about Star-Vu Drive-In Opens May 18 on May 6, 2007 at 5:13 pm

Wow! That certainly is great equipment. That Strong Highlight 2A console should give you plenty of light and that Smart DI processor is a wise choice to feed your transmitter.

KenLayton commented about Star-Vu Drive-In Opens May 18 on May 6, 2007 at 11:05 am

How about pictures of the projection equipment? Projector make and model? Soundhead make and model? Lamphouse make, model & wattage? I assume you’re using a platter? Is this a 7 day a week operation or just Fri-Sat-Sun?

Your theater website doesn’t really give much information on it and a suggestion would be to include the following:
street address
phone number
what movies are showing now or comming soon
theater pictures/history
food menu