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KenLayton commented about 7th Street Theatre on Feb 6, 2007 at 4:55 am

Lane Youmans:

Why are the movie speakers NOT behind the screen? Why was a huge picture window cut into the front wall of the projection booth?

Those seats don’t need reupholstering, they need to be replaced with new seats with cupholders. You would be surprised that people don’t tell you about bad seats—-they just never come back.

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KenLayton commented about 7th Street Theatre on Jan 28, 2007 at 1:22 pm

I agree 100% Ron.

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KenLayton commented about 7th Street Theatre on Jan 26, 2007 at 7:53 pm

Also, the bathrooms are sorely neglected and really in need of major repairs.

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KenLayton commented about 7th Street Theatre on Jan 26, 2007 at 7:50 pm

Ron:

Did they move the projectors too? Or are they still in the original projection booth? Sounds to me like the ‘faction’ that wanted stage shows must have won out over the calmer heads that wanted movies done right. I’ve been squaking for several years that they need to fix the ceiling and do something about those “hard-as-a-rock” seats!

The acoustics there were already fine without a $90,000 sound system. Have you heard the rumbling from the new HVAC unit on the roof? When it’s running it reverberates throughout the whole auditorium. Sounds just like somebody running a Coleman generator inside the building.

It’s a pity that a nice place like this is being ruined by incompetence.

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KenLayton commented about Purchase a bulb on our marquee on Jan 26, 2007 at 6:14 am

Um…where are the pictures inside the projection booth showing what projection and sound equipment you already have in place? Your “technical photos” should always include the projection booth equipment and movie speakers behind the screen.

Many times some simple upgrades or kits are all that’s needed. You may not need to shell out big bucks.

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KenLayton commented about Drive-In Theatre fanzine News on Jan 22, 2007 at 2:21 pm

http://driveintheatrealliance.4t.com

I don’t think it gets any updates though.

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KenLayton commented about The State Theatre reaches impasse on Jan 15, 2007 at 5:08 am

This is horrible news. Sounds like this theater will suffer the worst fate you could possibly imagine: demolition by neglect! It’s a pity that the owners are so short-sighted and greedy.

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KenLayton commented about Kelso Theater Pub on Jan 15, 2007 at 5:03 am

The food is very good there.

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KenLayton commented about Looking for vintage seat end piece on Jan 11, 2007 at 5:44 am

Those are the end ‘standards’ for American (American Seating Co.) model “Bodiform” seats. These were very popular in the late 1940’s to early 1950’s.

BTW, the “LEV” means the seat was designed to be installed on a level (flat) floor such as the stepped floor of a balcony. If the seat were made for a sloped for instead of a “LEV” there’d be a number which indicates the degree of floor slope.

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KenLayton commented about Survey reveals new factors in moviegoing decline on Jan 11, 2007 at 4:51 am

“Dissatisfaction with the movie-going experience”. You see…commercials are having an effect!

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KenLayton commented about New Hong Kong drive-in aims to attract on Jan 10, 2007 at 5:06 am

Screens are too narrow. Sounds like they got the dreaded 2:1 screens.

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KenLayton commented about Lakewood Theatre on Jan 6, 2007 at 7:57 pm

Updated leasing information as of Jan 2007:

Gramor Development LLC
John Graham
(206) 284-4066 or (206) 284-4060
www.gramorgroup.com

Theater is part of the “Lakewood Colonial Center” on Gramor’s website.

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KenLayton commented about Information wanted on theater equipment on Dec 11, 2006 at 12:11 pm

Shoot me an email and I will give you his phone number.

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KenLayton commented about Information wanted on theater equipment on Dec 11, 2006 at 5:33 am

What an excellent opportunity to restore and reopen a single screen movie theater. Check out the Chehalis Theater in Chehalis, Washington. Same vintage as your theater and I helped to restore and reopen it. It shows first run movies 365 days a year and is very successful.

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KenLayton commented about Movie chain discriminates vs. blind, deaf, suit claims on Dec 6, 2006 at 5:25 am

Another case of big government run amok. Why can’t government leave private businesses alone?

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KenLayton commented about Theater renders movie ratings totally useless on Nov 21, 2006 at 7:18 am

The ratings system is voluntary. Always has been. A theater can choose to either use or not use the system. In my opinion the ratings system today is totally useless anyway.

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KenLayton commented about Avalon Theatre on Nov 15, 2006 at 7:39 am

Bad news….all work stopped and building put up for sale.

Hodges Commercial Real Estate
626 Columbia St. NW, Suite 1-A
Olympia, Wash. 98501
Phone: (360) 943-5079
Contact: Larry Gilliam at extension # 209

www.hgdre.com

There’s a pdf file about this building but it makes absolutely no mention of it’s life as the historic Avalon Theater, only it’s last life as Griswold Office Supply. Check out the link at:

www.hgdre.com/pdf/308-310_4th_Ave.pdf

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KenLayton commented about Kerasotes behavior classes on Nov 10, 2006 at 5:39 am

The adults need a code of conduct too. Everyone should be REQUIRED to be dressed formally, leave their cells off, and be respectful.

However, the theaters should also have a code of conduct too. Tthey should not show commercials, provide a top notch presentation every single show, and keep prices down.

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KenLayton commented about What I need to start a second run theater on Nov 6, 2006 at 6:28 am

That is something that a film booker or studio rep could answer.

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KenLayton commented about Projection and sound equipment price quotes on Nov 6, 2006 at 5:23 am

Most theater equipment dealers have tons of great condition used projection, sound, seating, and snack bar equipment available. Many make good package deals. One excellent company is American Cinema Equipment (www.cinequip.com) in Portland, Oregon. Be sure to telephone them, explain what you’d like to do/need, and they can quote you a nice package deal.

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KenLayton commented about Films at the Sedgwick takes Baby Steps on Nov 4, 2006 at 5:07 pm

There’s plenty of good condition used 16mm and 35mmfilm projection equipment available. Just check with your nearest theater equipment dealer.

If you show videos then you should state that in your advertising with a phrase like “shown on video” or “video presentation”.

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KenLayton commented about Films at the Sedgwick takes Baby Steps on Nov 4, 2006 at 6:31 am

You’re showing videos——for shame. You need a projection booth and motion picture film projectors. Then you can legitimately book (and pay film rental) on 16mm or 35mm films.

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KenLayton commented about Fox Theatre on Oct 28, 2006 at 6:44 pm

Yes there is (rather was) a Liberty Theatre in Centralia. It was located about 4 blocks north of the Fox Theater and was also located on Tower Ave. (also on the same side of the street as the Fox. The Liberty was a huge theater. Either the same seating capacity as the Fox or just a tad bit larger. The Liberty closed in the mid 1950’s, sat vacant for a few years, then was converted into a church. That’s what it is now, a church. For years the Liberty’s projecting sign over the sidewalk was still there except that the church had removed the “Liberty Theater” neon and substituted “church” in neon on the sign. About two or three years ago, the church finally took that sign down totally. The name of the church is merely painted on the building now.

Perhaps the reason that these two theaters get confused is that Fox operated both theaters. I think I submitted photos to Cinematour of the Liberty a while back.

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KenLayton commented about Egyptian Theatre on Oct 27, 2006 at 12:30 pm

Why didn’t they go with professional 35mm projection equipment? Projecting home video DVD’s is copyright infringement. I hope they make it clear in their advertising that they are not projecting films, but rather they are showing videos.

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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.