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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.

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:

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.

KenLayton commented about Reminder: Keep comments on topic! on Sep 2, 2006 at 8:34 pm


That’s odd about 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.

KenLayton commented about Now showing: Too much on Aug 29, 2006 at 6:35 am

Another example of overbuilding. When will they ever learn?

KenLayton commented about New Harkins to go digital on Aug 26, 2006 at 1:35 pm

Digital VIDEO

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

KenLayton commented about Roxy Theater on Aug 15, 2006 at 4:57 am

The auditoium interior is very similar to the State Theater in Olympia, Washington.

KenLayton commented about Vintage Box Office Magazine issues on Aug 10, 2006 at 5:07 am

Donate them to where they will be cared for properly.

KenLayton commented about Showbox Theater fire on Aug 9, 2006 at 12:15 pm

According to tv news reports today, the fire department confirmed the fire was started by a motor that caught fire inside an HVAC unit. Damage estimates are $250,000 to the building, but the building is still open for business while repairs take place.

KenLayton commented about Theater screen material wanted on Aug 9, 2006 at 5:44 am

Theater screen manufacturers will make screen material in any size needed as all theaters are different. Contact these folks:

Harkness Hall (540) 370-1590

Hurley Screen (410) 838-0036 (in Maryland)

Technikote Screen (718) 624-6429

KenLayton commented about Cinemark Buys Century Theatres on Aug 8, 2006 at 12:30 pm

I heard the rumored purchase price was 1 Billion!

Well I guess that means Century is down the crapper now.

KenLayton commented about Looking for a theater for sale in Southern California on Aug 7, 2006 at 11:56 am

I beleive the Theater in Blythe, Calif is for sale.

KenLayton commented about Urgent - Theaters Wanted on Aug 7, 2006 at 6:01 am forums (“The Lobby” section) has a thread going on theaters for sale/lease with quite a few listings now. Worth checking out.

KenLayton commented about Mount St. Helens Cinedome on Jul 22, 2006 at 7:06 am

A few years ago they installed conventional 35mm theater projectors in addition to the Imax stuff. The Imax movies weren’t generating enough revenue so they reverted to regular 35mm first run movies.

By the way, the asking price for this theater is way too high!

KenLayton commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinema on Jul 21, 2006 at 5:09 am

It was indeed operated by General Cinemas Corp.

KenLayton commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinema on Jul 21, 2006 at 5:08 am

Lincoln Plaza 8 is available for lease or sale. This theater had THX certified auditoriums. I’d sure like to see this theater reopened. Someone is taking good care of the place now. The grounds are meticulously trimmed/cleaned and the building is kept free of graffitti/vandalism.

KenLayton commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinema on Jul 20, 2006 at 6:05 pm


You’re thinking of the Tacoma Mall Twin theater that was demolished two years ago. Krispy Kreme replaced that theater.

This 8 plex Lincoln Plaza has been closed for several years.

KenLayton commented about New stewards for Needles Theater on Jul 17, 2006 at 5:06 am

This is very good news indeed! I wish you good luck and much success with this project. If there are no large chain-owned theaters in your area, I’ve heard that Regal Cinemas has sometimes donated equipment (projection, sound, seats, concession, etc.) to projects like this. You need to contact Regal Cinemas corporate HQ in Knoxville, Tennessee and talk to the west coast operations person about getting a donation. Regal just donated some equipment to the single screen Roxy Theater in Morton, Washington (check out their theater at

KenLayton commented about Drive-ins to go digital? on Jul 17, 2006 at 4:33 am

Norelco didn’t say the power went out. He said the storm knocked out the video system. Video projectors like the computer that controls it are sensitive to power line spikes/noise and brownouts. The storm probably scrambled/corrurpted/damaged the video system. Probably blew out the main computer control board and power supply I would think. This would certainly not have affected a film projection setup.

In my area of the country, Washington state, any power outages we experience at theaters is usually after 9 pm.

KenLayton commented about Valley 6 Drive-In on Jul 14, 2006 at 12:30 pm

You owe it to yourself to check out the Rodeo 3 drive-in over on highway 3 next to the Bremerton airport. The picture and sound quality will blow you away. They have brand new playground equipment for the kids too. They also have an extensive menu of food to please every taste.