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Yes the theater has been re-opened again and has a new website:
Be sure to check out the “history” and “neighbors” pages there. :)
Yup, that’s definitely a REED brand speaker.
Big screen television.
Those are Motiograph bakelite speakers!
Nice to see them still using speakers.
In the picture above, the balcony has a glassed-in smoking room on the left side and a cry room on the right side. The smoking room even had it’s own ventilation system and super deluxe chairs.
This theater closed last week.A church bought it and is now in the process of converting the theater into a church.
The seven pictures I shot of this theater back in 1999 are all I have posted here. I wanted to get inside it to photograph the interior, but was never able to do so.
I believe this has two snack bars, one at each building.
Something unprecedented in the history of the Rodeo Drive-In Theater: They are reopening in the winter on December 17, 2015 for a 4 week run of the new Star Wars movie!
Perhaps this will help you:
I understand the husband and wife who bought it live in Montesano. That is the next town to the west of Elma.
Perhaps the Grays Harbor County Assessor’s Office can help with the names of the theater’s owners.
This theater is located in Tacoma, Washington.
Still closed and boarded up.
This is indeed very good news! I’d like to see some more pictures of this theater.
I can tell you as I worked there (1977 to 1990) how the tri-plexing was done. The theater was originally designed with stadium seating (no balcony). The back half of the auditorium was walled off from the main floor. Then the walled off section was split into two auditoriums of about 100 seats each. The main auditorium held 500 seats after the tri-plexing was done by Tom Moyer Luxury Theatres. From my brief look after it was converted into live theater, ALL of the interior of the auditorium was changed. You would not recognize the interior of the auditorium anymore from the way it originally opened in 1949. The lobby is still somewhat intact though.
Google is now listing this theater as permanently closed. :(
Nobody has heard anything about it. Still closed and boarded up. Even the E-L-M-A letters are gone from the sign.
This is indeed very good news! Glad to hear this gem is being brought back to life. :)
Chehalis already has a two year old 10 plex stadium seating and digital video projection theater. Astoria already has that newish 6 plex and that restored single screen. The folks in Rainier will probably continue going to that wonderfully restored single screen theater in St. Helens.
This theater is just across the parking lot from the new 12 plex that just opened.
The video is excellent! Thanks for posting it. :)
Thank you for drawing this! Nice to see what the internal layout was.
That’s a pretty boxoffice!
This theater just opened a few days ago. I really don’t see how this theater will stay open. The mall there is a dying mall. Nobody in the area has any money. Too many screens in the area.
I have now added my hand drawn map of the theater to the photos page.