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A 35' by 70' screen? That’s the dreaded 2:1 ratio (something to be avoided).
I see in the pictures there’s a huge Altec-Lansing “Voice of the Theater” loudspeaker on stage (that’s good!). I hope these folks consider showing movies once in a while.
It looks like they have some work ahead for them in getting the building working again. How’s the roof? Is it leaking? Has the place been broken into? Any vandalism? Who was the last company to show movies there? Was this a Moyer theater at one time?
Film distributors want the most money they can get from film rentals. Having only 35 seats ain’t gonna do it.
Wow! That certainly is great equipment. That Strong Highlight 2A console should give you plenty of light and that Smart DI processor is a wise choice to feed your transmitter.
How about pictures of the projection equipment? Projector make and model? Soundhead make and model? Lamphouse make, model & wattage? I assume you’re using a platter? Is this a 7 day a week operation or just Fri-Sat-Sun?
Your theater website doesn’t really give much information on it and a suggestion would be to include the following:
what movies are showing now or comming soon
65 foot wide screen is way too small for 300 cars.
This is indeed great news!
Real drive-in screens (steel) are designed to withstand 150 mph winds since you never can tell about the weather.
What about the other issues I mentioned above?
65 feet by 33 feet doesn’t sound right for 35mm film projection. Is that the size of the picture area or the entire structure?
For flat (1.85) aspect ratio the screen picture area should be 65 by 35Â½. For scope (2.35) aspect ratio the screen picture area should be 65 by 27Â½. This assumes the dimensions of the screen you mention. A screen with a 65 by 33 picture area would be the dreaded “2:1” ratio (something to be avoided at all costs!).
A 65 foot wide screen is kinda dinky for a drive-in. Most good drive-in screens are in the range of 40' high by 94' wide.
With an inflatable screen, how can you be assured that the screen will be in absolutely the same exact position? Must play havoc with cutting an aperture plate for the projector and keeping the picture focused & masked properly?
What happens when the winds kick up? Is the show shut down? If so, that wouldn’t happen with a real drive-in screen made of steel.
How’s the rent there? Could the rent have been too high to continue to operate the theater?
You ought to post this story on the forums at www.bigscreenbiz.com as there are theater owners/operators on there always looking for other theaters.
Their website no longer works and has been that way for over a month.
Looks like the theater has closed.
Yup that’s it alright. Too bad a church is going to get it.
Isn’t this the one that’s now a Chinese restaurant?
Built by Tom Moyer’s Luxury Theatres. Then operated later by Act 3 Theaters and then by Regal Cinemas before closing. The building is for lease.
Isn’t this theater operated by a relative of Tom Moyer?
Theater is open year round and only close for a week or so at Christmas time. They show cartoons before the feature during the peak of the season.
More bad news. A local business newspaper is reporting the building has been sold. It is to be torn down and be replaced with condos!
All the pictures are gone from their website except a lone drawing.
Any updates to report on the D&R anybody?
The left hand house has the DTS sound system (I installed it). The right hand house is Dolby type A stereo running thru a Dolby CP-55 processor.
The Sherman Anti-trust applied to the major oil companies (Standard Oil in particular).
You want to check out the “Paramount Consent Decree of 1948”.
The type of marquee/building lights you describe are called “chaser lights”. They are ordinary light bulbs arranged & wired to appear they are ‘chasing’ each other. Many times they are mounted in a sheet metal channel around the copyboard of a marquee (then they’re called “border chasers”). Chaser lights are all controlled from a device called a chaser controller. For most sign applications (and for reliability) these are electromechanical units consisting of a motor, cams, and a stack of switches activated by the opening/closing action of the cams. There are electronic versions of these, but they are not that good for outdoor use because of temperature extremes, moisture, and corrosion. In many jurisdictions the laws state the controler must be mounted within the sign itself or attached to the sign. However, before you decide to put chasers on a sign or building you better check ALL your local and state building & sign codes. Many jurisdictions have banned the use of chaser lights. Nothing wrong with chasers in my opinion, it’s just that some jurisdictions get a wild hair up their butt and pass laws banning them.
To get better and more answers to your questions, I suggest you join the forums at www.bigscreenbiz.com and check out the FAQ’s there too as many questions have already been answered.
My friend Daryl Lund, owner of the historic Chehalis Theater (just 30 miles or so from the Raymond Theater) has offered help and suggestions. Apparently his offers keep falling on deaf ears at the Raymond. He has over 20 years experience operating historic single screen (and multiplex) theaters yet no one at the Raymond Theater even bothers to talk to him.