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KenLayton commented about Any other 'Urban Outfitters' theaters? on Jan 5, 2006 at 3:06 pm

Conversion = bastardized

KenLayton commented about Historic Theater Needs New Doors on Dec 23, 2005 at 2:07 pm

When I worked at the State, we used Always Safe & Lock (just down the street from you) to repair the door locks and Davis Door Service (from Tacoma) to repair the doors (closers, pivots, and how they hang).

Those original commercial solid 1" thick glass doors are very common in movie theaters of that time period. In fact the Avalon Theater (the next block down from you) used the very same doors.

In 1986 I replaced the plastic rods in the door handles on all the front doors at the State. However, I did not replace the plastic door handle rods on the rental (which was the pottery store) space.

Those doors at the State were originally purchased and installed by the B.F. Shearer Company in Seattle in 1949. They can still be repaired.

KenLayton commented about Freeing the Phoenix on Dec 21, 2005 at 2:42 pm

What about all the amber, blue, and white neon you yarded out of the auditorium? You ruined the whole ceiling in the auditorium by dropping the heighth so low. What about all the bums hanging around the theater shooting up drugs out front? Why don’t you use the free-standing boxoffice?

KenLayton commented about No Cell Phone Signals in Theaters? on Dec 19, 2005 at 9:50 pm

In the times we live in today, terrorism, criminal activity, natural disasters, robberies, health problems, etc. requires we need access at all times to that cell phone. Just last night I heard on my police scanner a woman had a severe seizure right in the auditorium during the movie. The dispatcher reported to the medics that the call was received from a cell phone call by a theater patron in the auditorium. That cell phone caller was able to direct medics to the exact auditorium and seat. A person’s life was saved by this cell phone call when critical seconds counted.

KenLayton commented about Multi-Purpose Venue For Sale on Dec 6, 2005 at 1:59 pm

I didn’t see any pictures of the projection booth on that link. Looks like a nice old theater. What was it’s name?

KenLayton commented about Downtown Theaters on Dec 2, 2005 at 2:00 pm

The single screen Chehalis Theater in downtown Chehalis, Washington is a fine example of a movie theater re-vitalizing a downtown area.

KenLayton commented about Egyptian Theatre on Nov 30, 2005 at 2:14 pm

“Coming Distractions” theatres sure throws away money. They built that 10 screen crap-plex (South Shore) in Aberdeen, Wash. that’s just barely staying open. That area cannot support that many screens plus all the jobs being lost there due to two large lumber mills closing now. So now they throw up an 11 screen in Coos Bay. Are they crazy? They’ll never make it —– too many screens in that area. They should have kept the Egyptian and taken better care of it.

KenLayton commented about Fox Theatre on Nov 29, 2005 at 9:47 pm

Yes the theater has opened. They just did an opera last weekend. Movies are scheduled to run on these dates: Dec 17-18, and Dec. 23-24, 2005.

KenLayton commented about State Theater on Nov 23, 2005 at 1:49 pm

Movies could be be shown again at the State. The “ban” on movies that many theater companies place in the covenants are for first run product. This applies only to properties that the theater company actually own outright and not lease. Also please remember there are two things working in Harlequin’s favor if they wanted to show movies again:

  1. Act 3 Theaters was only leasing the theater from the then building owner Henry McCleary.

  2. The entity (Act 3 Theaters) that placed the “ban” no longer exists thus the “ban” no longer exists.

Many stage production groups are finding out that only stage plays don’t pay the bills. Some have found that also showing movies have really helped their bottom line. The Opera Pacifica group that’s restoring the Fox Theater in Centralia is going to be running movies and stage plays/operas. I will be installing 35mm projection/sound equipment for them.

KenLayton commented about Lawford Theatre Wants Your Help on Nov 22, 2005 at 9:53 pm

It would be helpful to know what kind of sound equipment you have now. Specifically we need to know makes and models of:

audio processor/preamp
monitor amplifier
power amplifier
screen speaker(s)
surround speakers (if present)

KenLayton commented about Digital Cinema Standards Announced on Nov 21, 2005 at 2:34 pm

You need to visit the wonderfully restored single screen Chehalis Theater in Chehalis, Washington. It’s a very successful first run movie theater with top-notch 35mm projection and sound. This was a dead neighborhood theater until Daryl Lund bought it and restored it. The pictures currently posted on this site and don’t show the latest upgrades to the Chehalis. The owner vows to stay with film projection as it’s been very reliable & economical.

In Centralia, Washington is the McMenamin’s Olympic Club Theater which is a “brew pub” (food and a movie) setup in a single screen historic building. They show second run 35mm movies and are also very successful. The McMenamin chain is well known and well run here in the Pacific Northwest. Check out for more information on their theaters (all single screens!).

KenLayton commented about Digital Cinema Standards Announced on Nov 20, 2005 at 4:21 pm

“And from the movie theater operator’s perspective, the advantages of digital cinema over conventional film projection are tremendous!”

Will it lower ‘program’ rental costs? NO! Will it lower ticket prices? NO! Will it make the story or acting better? NO!

“And aside from overcoming high film dstribution costs. Unlike how it is with digital, film wears out.”

With proper handling film can last a long time. Many lost classic films have been saved thanks to someone finding a film print that had been squirreled away somewhere. Motion picture film standards have been in place for 100 years and those same standards are constant throughout the world. Video standards & formats change from minute-to-minute and standards are different in different countries.

“Not only that, but it can break suddenly, causing dark screen in the middle of a presentation.”

And the video server can lockup, skip, strobe the image, crash, or just plain die at anytime during a show.

“Furthermore, there’s very little that can be done to enhance the image that’s being projected from film.”

Keep the film clean, keep the projector clean, keep the booth clean, make sure the lamphouse has the proper wattage bulb, keep the reflector clean and adjusted properly, clean the lenses, clean the porthole glass, monitor the audio volume.

“With digital cinema, suddenly the projectionist has the power to increase or decrease color saturation, adjust the contrast, etc., to enable the customers to see the movie at its absolute best. In brief, the projectionist becomes part of the art making process in that sense.”

Oh great, now the ‘projectionist’ is a censor/editor. Now he/she/it can blur out things the projectionist thinks I would be offended seeing. Or the projectionist could cut out words I shouldn’t hear. Or the projectionist could ‘remove’ the cigarettes that the characters are smoking on screen.

Video in theaters——NO THANKS.

KenLayton commented about State Theater on Nov 17, 2005 at 2:48 pm

There were two people that I know of who were also looking at purchasing the State theater for use as a movie theater at that time. One of them is a good friend of mine who owns & operates the restored single screen Chehalis Theater in Chehalis.

KenLayton commented about State Theater on Nov 17, 2005 at 5:17 am

IMO, they should have stayed in the Washington Center since that was where all the stage groups were supposed to be.

The marquee at the State was already supposed to be restored when they reopened it, but soon the pidgeon problem returned. So now they need to ‘restore’ it again? The roof was replaced when they reopened the State. So now they need to ‘repair’ that too? Go back to the Washington Center where all the stage productions belong. Put movies back at the State.

KenLayton commented about Digital Cinema Standards Announced on Nov 3, 2005 at 3:17 pm

It’s still a digital video presentation. Why would I as a customer go to your building to watch a video when I can watch videos at home? Film belongs in theaters and video belongs in your living room IMO.

KenLayton commented about "Now Showing!" -- New Movie About Moviegoing on Oct 17, 2005 at 2:09 pm

“Film is a dying format”. That’s a bunch of b.s. Sounds like you’ve been listening to the digital video cinema marketing hype.

Eastman Kodak still is manufacturing millions of feet of motion picture film every year. Tens of thousands of theaters all over the world still use 35mm motion picture film every day and will continue to do so for many years to come.

KenLayton commented about "Now Showing!" -- New Movie About Moviegoing on Oct 15, 2005 at 3:45 pm

“Filmed” in high definition? A video about the moviegoing experience.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to see something on this subject, but if they are going to do a feature on the moviegoing experience, then it should be shot of film and shown on film. Otherwise they might as well just put this stright to video.

KenLayton commented about Weir Theatre on Oct 15, 2005 at 3:27 pm

Hmm…. my 1953 theater guide shows the D&R and the Seventh Street theaters being operated by Evergreen, but not the Weir.

KenLayton commented about Small Startup Looking for a Theater on Oct 14, 2005 at 11:39 pm

Some public domain films still have music contained within the soundtrack that are still under copyright protection.

I dunno, this sounds like a flaky idea to me.

KenLayton commented about Lacey Drive-In on Oct 14, 2005 at 11:32 pm

In November 1981 there was a huge windstorm that blew down the left one-third of the screen. Theater closed and sat for several years before being torn down.

KenLayton commented about Weir Theatre on Oct 12, 2005 at 2:38 am

As I mentioned in the above post, the Daily World newspaper (Aberdeen, Wash.) had some interior photos in a story they did when the theater was torn down.

KenLayton commented about Aberdeen Theatre on Oct 11, 2005 at 2:17 pm

Too bad, it sure would have been a nice place. :(

Maybe we should work on buying the land the Harbor Drive-in Theater was on and rebuild it.

KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Oct 10, 2005 at 3:44 pm

Jack Ondracek (owner/operator of the Rodeo drive-in Theater in Port Orchard, Wash) used to work at this theater. He can provide you with some more information.

KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on Oct 9, 2005 at 11:24 pm

How about pictures of the interior of this theater. Pictures of the inside of the projection booth would be nice, too.

KenLayton commented about Silverdale 4 Cinemas on Oct 5, 2005 at 1:40 pm

Built by Tom Moyer’s portland, Oregon based Luxury Theatres circuit in the early 1980’s.