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KenLayton commented about New stewards for Needles Theater on Jul 17, 2006 at 5:06 am

This is very good news indeed! I wish you good luck and much success with this project. If there are no large chain-owned theaters in your area, I’ve heard that Regal Cinemas has sometimes donated equipment (projection, sound, seats, concession, etc.) to projects like this. You need to contact Regal Cinemas corporate HQ in Knoxville, Tennessee and talk to the west coast operations person about getting a donation. Regal just donated some equipment to the single screen Roxy Theater in Morton, Washington (check out their theater at www.firemac.org))

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KenLayton commented about Drive-ins to go digital? on Jul 17, 2006 at 4:33 am

Norelco didn’t say the power went out. He said the storm knocked out the video system. Video projectors like the computer that controls it are sensitive to power line spikes/noise and brownouts. The storm probably scrambled/corrurpted/damaged the video system. Probably blew out the main computer control board and power supply I would think. This would certainly not have affected a film projection setup.

In my area of the country, Washington state, any power outages we experience at theaters is usually after 9 pm.

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KenLayton commented about Valley 6 Drive-In on Jul 14, 2006 at 12:30 pm

Joannaliz:
You owe it to yourself to check out the Rodeo 3 drive-in over on highway 3 next to the Bremerton airport. The picture and sound quality will blow you away. They have brand new playground equipment for the kids too. They also have an extensive menu of food to please every taste.

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KenLayton commented about Valley 6 Drive-In on Jul 14, 2006 at 12:29 pm

Joannaliz:
You owe it to yourself to check out the Rodeo 3 drive-in over on highway 3 next to the Bremerton airport. The picture and sound quality will blow you away. They have brand new playground equipment for the kids too. They also have an extensive menu of food to please every taste.

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KenLayton commented about San Diego's outdoor cinema on Jul 14, 2006 at 12:23 pm

Is this actual film or are they just showing videos?

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KenLayton commented about Documentary on Film Exhibition Network in Russia on Jul 14, 2006 at 4:53 am

So this is a documentary video not a film?

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KenLayton commented about Help with some Northwest cinemas on Jul 12, 2006 at 6:14 am

I live in the Pacific Northwest and I’ve never heard that name before. What city/state are these theaters in? The most well known and prolific theater operator here in the northwest is Tom Moyer.

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KenLayton commented about Gem Theatre on Jul 8, 2006 at 5:23 am

Seems that the theater website has disappeared. Digital-textures.com has gone out of business. :(

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KenLayton commented about Eltrym Historic Theater on Jul 1, 2006 at 7:01 am

The theater owner is still in a dispute with the city about installing a full sprinkler system in this theater. Check out this newspaper story:
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KenLayton commented about Drive-ins to go digital? on Jun 30, 2006 at 6:36 am

More marketing hype for big screen tv.

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KenLayton commented about Anyone have any theater seat covers for out of order seats? on Jun 19, 2006 at 6:31 am

That should be www.cyyoungind.com instead, sorry for the typo.

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KenLayton commented about Anyone have any theater seat covers for out of order seats? on Jun 19, 2006 at 6:30 am

Check with theater seat refurbisher/parts supplier, Cy Young Industries, www.cyyoundind.com

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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on May 30, 2006 at 5:51 am

Bill Gates gave $5 million to the Admiral Theater in Bremerton. Maybe they should check into that angle.

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KenLayton commented about Help with pro forma on cinema/drafthouse on May 24, 2006 at 12:37 pm

Here in the Pacific Northwest, the McMenamin family is very successful with their “brew pub” style theaters. Check out their site at www.mcmenamin.com

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KenLayton commented about Blue Fox Drive-In on May 13, 2006 at 6:04 am

Theater also has a great go-kart track, train rides for the kiddies, and a seperate huge arcade gamme room building. Snack bar was recently remodeled and is very beautiful. The kitchen was enlarged (food is excellent!) with more pizza ovens and hamburger grills. A new restroom building was built and the restrooms are fully handicap accessible.

Theater has FM stereo radio sound only. There is no marquue or reader board out by the main highway to direct you in so just look for the giant screen tower. You have to drive up to the old boxoffice to see the titles of what’s playing. Tickets are now sold out of a drive up window at the snack bar.

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KenLayton commented about Lakewood Theatre on May 8, 2006 at 7:58 pm

Oh no—-not that guy that ruined the Liberty Theater in Puyallup! Say it ain’t so!

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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on May 4, 2006 at 11:50 am

I agree, Ron. City leaders there don’t care about their past let alone preserving anything. If I win the big Lotto, this is one of theaters I’d be buying and restoring for sure!

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KenLayton commented about Avalon Theatre on May 3, 2006 at 4:52 am

Good news, according to the “Development Reports” in the Olympian newspaper, permits are in submission phase ‘for restoration of the Avalon movie theater’ by BJSS Duarte Bryant architects. YES!

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KenLayton commented about TV Show Looking for Drive-in Theater/Home on May 3, 2006 at 4:42 am

My friend Jack Ondracek who owns the Rodeo 3 drive-in theater (Port Orchard, Wash.) lives with his family in what was the original boxoffice/ticket booths of the theater. His email is on the theater website www.rodeodrivein.com

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KenLayton commented about Need advice on movie theater startup costs on Apr 19, 2006 at 6:11 pm

jay21:
Contact American Cinema Equipment (www.cinequip.com) and ask for a price quote on a used projection equipment package deal. Be sure to visit the forums at www.bigscreenbiz.com to learn about how to operate a movie theater and contact film booking agents.

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KenLayton commented about Need advice on movie theater startup costs on Apr 19, 2006 at 5:34 am

33,000 square feet should make a nice 6 plex theater. Be sure to join the forums at www.bigscreenbiz.com and read their FAQ page too.

Ken Layton
Olympia, Wash.

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KenLayton commented about Mount St. Helens Cinedome on Apr 19, 2006 at 4:36 am

Warning: their website tries to install Shockwave even if you select NO.

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KenLayton commented about Tekoa Empire Theater on Apr 17, 2006 at 6:05 am

So they still run an occasional movie?

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KenLayton commented about Need advice on movie theater startup costs on Apr 14, 2006 at 12:35 pm

Forget the video projector——it’ll cost more than the town budget and you won’t have anything to show on it. Get a good used 35mm system from just about any theater equipment dealer such as American Cinema Equipment (www.cinequip.com). Ask for a package deal on used equipment.

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KenLayton commented about Aberdeen Theatre on Apr 8, 2006 at 7:06 pm

Yes this is still a nice theater building.