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Look at all those surround speakers!
Capitol Amusement & Vending owned and operated all of the amusement games (and payphones) in the theater during the 1990’s.
That large patch of dirt above those trailers has been developed and is now home to a Red Lobster restaurant and a Shari’s Restaurant.
They physically added onto the right (west) side of the building, facing O'Blarney’s Tavern.
Looks like a Simplex model E-7 projector head on top of an RCA model MI-9030 sound head. The lower film magazine was replaced at one point with a large reel arm which was converted to use a platter guide roller.
I’ve never seen a drinking fountain like that. It’s gorgeous!
What a beautiful auditorium!
It would appear they still use speakers judging by this picture.
I’d like to see an ariel picture of the theater property now. With 14 screens it would be mighty impressive!
The group who had previously tried to restore the theater (called the Harbor Arts Foundation), did have tons of pictures of the interior of the theater as they found it in 2005. I remember they had specific pictures of the back stage, dressing rooms, projection booth, snack bar, etc on their website back then. The pictures have all vanished since the demise of the group and their website. All that is left of their website is at the wayback machine.
Unfortunately, the current theater owners have posted very few pictures at all of the interior as it is now (restored). I’d like to see current pix of the projection booth interior and back stage.
Modern digital video projector.
Looks like this theater was equipped for stereo sound judging by all the amplifier racks.
Looks like RCA/Brenkert BX-100 projector heads sitting on top of RCA MI-9050 sound heads.
This is the latest version of the boxoffice from the mid 1940’s I believe. It is now fully restored. I call it the “Pacman” boxoffice because of the unusual shape.
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.