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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.
Was there still any projection & sound equipment there?
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.
What is the number of screens? Does it have digital sound?
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.
First you should read all over the FAQ at the forums at www.bigscreenbiz.com as that will give you information on theater operation/costs. Then go visit www.mcmenamin.com which is the Pacific Northwest’s most successful (and well-liked) “brew-pub” and dinner/movie operator.
It didn’t say the picture area of the screen, just the size of the structure.
The picture size for that size of a drive-in should be 40 feet by 94 feet.
Oh great—-more of the television experience. :rolleyes:
A paid site wouldn’t work for me. I’m dirt poor and just make paying rent on my apartment. I’ve been in the theater industry 30 years and have seen many old, closed, deserted, restored, open theaters. I’ve contributed information on some Washington state theaters and to have to pay to contribute/discuss theaters would lock me out.
That’s odd about Cinematour.com. It is run from film-tech and neither site allows aliases. If you know someone using an alis you should inform the moderators at those sites.
Another example of overbuilding. When will they ever learn?
Yes I have seen one because I installed one of these stupid video projectors in a theater. It sucked bigtime and it looked so phony.
I would never ever pay to see this video crap in a theater. I pay to see a film not a video.
All big screen television. Bring in the beer, pizza, and chips. Let’s watch the football game.
This theater should be rebuilt. It’s needed now more than ever.
Ah yes, Marshalltown——the home of late actress Jean Seberg. I hope the theater project is successfull.
This is terrible news. I know that the owner was fighting with the city over fire sprinklers. The city would rather have a closed business I guess.
The auditoium interior is very similar to the State Theater in Olympia, Washington.
Donate them to www.film-tech.com where they will be cared for properly.
According to tv news reports today, the fire department confirmed the fire was started by a motor that caught fire inside an HVAC unit. Damage estimates are $250,000 to the building, but the building is still open for business while repairs take place.
Theater screen manufacturers will make screen material in any size needed as all theaters are different. Contact these folks:
Harkness Hall (540) 370-1590 www.harknesshall.com
Hurley Screen (410) 838-0036 www.hurleyscreen.com (in Maryland)
Technikote Screen (718) 624-6429 www.technikote.com
I heard the rumored purchase price was 1 Billion!
Well I guess that means Century is down the crapper now.
I beleive the Theater in Blythe, Calif is for sale.
Bigscreenbiz.com forums (“The Lobby” section) has a thread going on theaters for sale/lease with quite a few listings now. Worth checking out.
A few years ago they installed conventional 35mm theater projectors in addition to the Imax stuff. The Imax movies weren’t generating enough revenue so they reverted to regular 35mm first run movies.
By the way, the asking price for this theater is way too high!