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KenLayton commented about Information wanted on theater equipment on Dec 11, 2006 at 6:33 am

What an excellent opportunity to restore and reopen a single screen movie theater. Check out the Chehalis Theater in Chehalis, Washington. Same vintage as your theater and I helped to restore and reopen it. It shows first run movies 365 days a year and is very successful.

KenLayton commented about Movie chain discriminates vs. blind, deaf, suit claims on Dec 6, 2006 at 6:25 am

Another case of big government run amok. Why can’t government leave private businesses alone?

KenLayton commented about Theater renders movie ratings totally useless on Nov 21, 2006 at 8:18 am

The ratings system is voluntary. Always has been. A theater can choose to either use or not use the system. In my opinion the ratings system today is totally useless anyway.

KenLayton commented about Avalon Theatre on Nov 15, 2006 at 8:39 am

Bad news….all work stopped and building put up for sale.

Hodges Commercial Real Estate
626 Columbia St. NW, Suite 1-A
Olympia, Wash. 98501
Phone: (360) 943-5079
Contact: Larry Gilliam at extension # 209

There’s a pdf file about this building but it makes absolutely no mention of it’s life as the historic Avalon Theater, only it’s last life as Griswold Office Supply. Check out the link at:

KenLayton commented about Kerasotes behavior classes on Nov 10, 2006 at 6:39 am

The adults need a code of conduct too. Everyone should be REQUIRED to be dressed formally, leave their cells off, and be respectful.

However, the theaters should also have a code of conduct too. Tthey should not show commercials, provide a top notch presentation every single show, and keep prices down.

KenLayton commented about What I need to start a second run theater on Nov 6, 2006 at 7:28 am

That is something that a film booker or studio rep could answer.

KenLayton commented about Projection and sound equipment price quotes on Nov 6, 2006 at 6:23 am

Most theater equipment dealers have tons of great condition used projection, sound, seating, and snack bar equipment available. Many make good package deals. One excellent company is American Cinema Equipment ( in Portland, Oregon. Be sure to telephone them, explain what you’d like to do/need, and they can quote you a nice package deal.

KenLayton commented about Films at the Sedgwick takes Baby Steps on Nov 4, 2006 at 6:07 pm

There’s plenty of good condition used 16mm and 35mmfilm projection equipment available. Just check with your nearest theater equipment dealer.

If you show videos then you should state that in your advertising with a phrase like “shown on video” or “video presentation”.

KenLayton commented about Films at the Sedgwick takes Baby Steps on Nov 4, 2006 at 7:31 am

You’re showing videos——for shame. You need a projection booth and motion picture film projectors. Then you can legitimately book (and pay film rental) on 16mm or 35mm films.

KenLayton commented about Fox Theatre on Oct 28, 2006 at 7:44 pm

Yes there is (rather was) a Liberty Theatre in Centralia. It was located about 4 blocks north of the Fox Theater and was also located on Tower Ave. (also on the same side of the street as the Fox. The Liberty was a huge theater. Either the same seating capacity as the Fox or just a tad bit larger. The Liberty closed in the mid 1950’s, sat vacant for a few years, then was converted into a church. That’s what it is now, a church. For years the Liberty’s projecting sign over the sidewalk was still there except that the church had removed the “Liberty Theater” neon and substituted “church” in neon on the sign. About two or three years ago, the church finally took that sign down totally. The name of the church is merely painted on the building now.

Perhaps the reason that these two theaters get confused is that Fox operated both theaters. I think I submitted photos to Cinematour of the Liberty a while back.

KenLayton commented about Egyptian Theatre on Oct 27, 2006 at 1:30 pm

Why didn’t they go with professional 35mm projection equipment? Projecting home video DVD’s is copyright infringement. I hope they make it clear in their advertising that they are not projecting films, but rather they are showing videos.

KenLayton commented about Roxy Theatre on Oct 25, 2006 at 7:38 am

Looks like a different street. Doesn’t appear to match anything on Mashelle Ave, but that street view does look like Main street. I believe that the theater shown in the 1942 photo is now a storefront.

KenLayton commented about Santa Clarita theater shortage on Oct 24, 2006 at 1:54 pm

According to the figures quoted in the article, 22 screens serving 168,000 people is more than enough screens. You need 10,000 people per screen to have a good business. Not really enough people to support all those screens. No wonder the other theaters closed.

KenLayton commented about Stromberg Carlson theater amplifiers on Oct 5, 2006 at 6:56 am

I’ve never heard of Stromberg-Carlson making a theater amplifier. This must be rare.

KenLayton commented about Northern/ Western Electric Mirrophonic sound systems on Oct 4, 2006 at 7:26 am

Projector manufacturer Motiograph licensed the Western Electric Mirrophonic system. Quite a few systems got installed. I remember seeing lots of theater ads in the microfilmed newspaper collections in the theater ads. at the bottom of the ads would usually be a phrase like, “featuring Mirrophonic sound system”.

This equipment is very valuable now. It fetches big bucks if you look at ebay. Many Japanese audio collectors pay real big money for these systems and components.

KenLayton commented about What I need to start a second run theater on Oct 3, 2006 at 8:36 pm

All these questions are answered in the FAQ at the forums of

KenLayton commented about How to buy old theater on Oct 3, 2006 at 6:28 am

Suggest checking out the forums at

KenLayton commented about FIM buying and booking agents on Oct 3, 2006 at 6:27 am

All the theater chains already have their own buying/booking departments.

KenLayton commented about What I need to start a second run theater on Oct 3, 2006 at 6:17 am

Check the forums at

KenLayton commented about MovieLand investigation on Sep 28, 2006 at 6:59 am

If you want to come up here (I’m in Olympia) the Puyallup 6 Cinemas in Puyallup, Wash is still for lease. Would make a nice brew pub theater and it’s clean & mostly intact.

KenLayton commented about MovieLand investigation on Sep 28, 2006 at 6:57 am

Was there still any projection & sound equipment there?

KenLayton commented about Cinemas adapt in changing times on Sep 26, 2006 at 6:02 am

In other words making it just like in your own home. The addition of tv commercials (that you can’t mute!) has ruined the “theater” industry. No resaon to even go there anymore.

KenLayton commented about Regent Theatre for sale!!! on Sep 19, 2006 at 5:57 am

What is the number of screens? Does it have digital sound?

KenLayton commented about State Theatre RFP on Sep 18, 2006 at 7:00 am

A combination of live stage productions and movies should work well in this type of facility. A restored theater can revitalize a downtown area just as the restored single screen Chehalis Theater does for downtown Chehalis, Washington (shown on both cinematreasures and cinematour websites).

Remember also that much damage to a building can be done by not addressing pidgeon/bird problems, roof problems, and vagrants. One would hope that you address these immediate problems first and formost, lest the building decay beyond practical repair.

KenLayton commented about Movie theater start-up experience? on Sep 18, 2006 at 6:30 am

First you should read all over the FAQ at the forums at as that will give you information on theater operation/costs. Then go visit which is the Pacific Northwest’s most successful (and well-liked) “brew-pub” and dinner/movie operator.