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I worked for Capitol Amusement and we had a couple of video arcade games in the theater during it’s last year of operation as a movie theater.
“American General Luxury Cinemas” is the wrong name entirely for the theater company that split the theater up in 1982. It was Tom Moyer’s “General American Theaters” (a.k.a. “Luxury Theatres”) from Portland, Oregon that operated the theater and did the work. They were bought out in 1990 by Act 3 Theaters and in 1998, Act 3 was bought by Regal Cinemas.
A quick phone call to Scott Hicks' American Cinema Equipment (www.cinequip.com) in Portland, Oregon could get you a package deal on all the used projection/sound equipment needed to operate this theater.
Don’t get rid of that boxoffice (a.k.a. ticket booth). It’s easy to refurbish and you’ll need it to sell tickets.
It makes your theater look cheap if you have to go inside the building to buy tickets so please keep the boxoffice in use!
The E-7’s that were there are now in a private screening room in Wisconsin and they’ve been completely rebuilt & painted to brand new condition.
When I installed that “new” (to them) equipment at the 7th Street, it looked like it was one of those ‘left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing’ groups. Nobody knew what was going on and they carved a huge picture window in the projection booth front wall. Light gets out everywhere in the auditorium when running movies now. Nobody knew how to run a projector, let alone the platter. Perhaps they will see the ‘light’ and learn what real movies & showmanship is all about. Movies can be an important part of keeping the doors open. If people get a bad presentation they’ll never come back. They’ll certainly tell their friends of the bad experience too.
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First thing to do is get the marquee fixed as it now makes the building look so bad. Please fix the marquee.
Neat little theater. :)
Parking around this theater is on-street and extremely limited. There’s also a porno theater four doors down and on the same side of the street.
More work has been done on the marquee. Half of the wall that split the auditorium into a multiplex is now gone! Looks like more work is going on to make this a great theater once again!
Will movies be part of the program?
You mean they replaced all the projection equipment I installed for them two years ago? We put in Simplex XL projector, Simplex SH-1000 soundhead, Strong X60c (3000 watts) lamphouse & power supply, Simplex pedestal, SPECO platter and a Dolby CP50 sound system. This was all the equipment they purchased from the Liberty Theater in Puyallup, Washington. I know they traded in the CP-50 system for a brand new Dolby Digital setup. They had bought all that other projection equipment and had me install it for them. They have idiots running the projection booth so it wouldn’t surprise me if they damaged/ruined something. I told them years ago they needed new seating ASAP. The seats they have now are literally falling apart and hard as rocks. Bad seating drives away many customers and they never tell you about it.
The South Shore 10 crap-plex is barely staying open. I’ve heard many rumors from industry insiders that it is really struggling. They charge way too much money for everything. The whole mall is empty with many empty stores. The Aberdeen-Hoquiam area folks just can’t afford to pay the prices over there at that theater. The area is primed for a good second run or discount theater and either the Aberdeen or D&R Theater would be a good choice. I don’t know how an ‘art’ theater would do in the Aberdeen-Hoquiam area, but I kinda think it would not do anything. Since the Aberdeen has a stage, it could do well as a single screen discount movie house with live stage shows.
Did some real tearing apart of my place and finally found the real estate & contact info on this theater/church:
Windermere Real Estate
Grays Harbor, Inc.
101 South Broadway
Aberdeen, Wash. 98520
Craige Fectzo, Associate broker
business phone: (360) 533-6464
Voice mail: (360) 537-7987
Fax: (360) 533-0375
I believe a guy named Craig Fectzo (spelling?) was the agent.
Condition is good. Price is around $120,000 if I remember correctly. I’ve lost the real estate & contact info I had. It was a local Aberdeen real estate company though.
Here is a list of the handicap stuff that would need to be done here (and it is not much):
Exterior ramp to the entrance doors
Handicap bathroom on main floor (regular bathrooms are upstairs)
Ramp up to the right side of stage
Widen one exit door behind stage to accomodate wheelchairs.
They should restore and use the original free-standing boxoffice. If they can’t get a line of 300 people through the boxoffice in 15 minutes, then they don’t know how to sell tickets.
I hate the fact they gutted the auditorium and removed all the neon. Then they dropped the ceiling so low. Ruined ruined ruined! They bastardized the place in my opinion. It should have never been “converted” to a ‘stage’ house in the first place. Why the hell didn’t they stay in the Washington Center? That’s what the Washington Center was built for. It was explained to the tax payers when the Washington Center was originally being built that ALL performing arts groups would
have their home there. Every time I drive by the State Theater I see a crappy paint job, bums hanging out in front and back of the building, trash all over, grafitti, dilapidated marquee with bird crap running down it. They ruined it.
They took the old theater down to PART of one wall to classify as a remodel. This was so the City of Olympia (as operators of this building) would not have to meet their own parking regulations!
This theater is poorly run and has become a dump. The projection and sound are bad. Pictures on all screens is very dim.
The “restored” marquee is rusted out and falling apart again. They never addressed the issue of the pidgeons roosting in the “State” channel letters so now it’s all rusted again.
About a month ago, Channel 7 (KIRO-tv) did a news story about the City of Tacoma shutting down the swap meet for a while. Seems the business owners had no business license to operate a swap meet. Also sellers are required to buy an individual swap meet license too!
The marquee has been repainted and the entrance repaved. A couple of weeks ago, the State of Washington repaved the highway in front of the theater.
The new digital sound system is great!
Nice old single screen theater. I sure wish someone would reopen it.