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kateymac01 commented about Lacey Drive-In on Oct 14, 2005 at 3:27 pm

When did this drive-in close?

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kateymac01 commented about D & R Theatre on Oct 11, 2005 at 12:53 am

From the photos posted on your Web site, it looks like you have your work cut out for you. Wow.

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kateymac01 commented about Northgate Theatre on Sep 28, 2005 at 12:17 am

Still waiting to hear about a demolition date for this theater. It is definitely coming…

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kateymac01 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Sep 28, 2005 at 12:02 am

What’s the latest on the preservation efforts here?

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kateymac01 commented about Guild 45th Theatre on Sep 15, 2005 at 11:58 pm

There’s a photo of the marquee at this site:

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kateymac01 commented about Valley 6 Drive-In on Sep 13, 2005 at 4:50 pm

Every spring, we hear that it will be the last year of the Valley 6. And then every summer, the drive-in opens. This dance has gone on for years. With the place in disrepair as Ken describes, I wonder if this will finally be it. Then again, the story lostmemory references above says the Valley 6 is a money maker for Pacific Theaters. (The story above also says that the City of Auburn has development plans for that land, although there’s no real timeline for “the end.”)

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kateymac01 commented about 7th Street Theatre on Sep 13, 2005 at 4:30 pm

People in Hoquiam want this theater to succeed … but mostly as a home for live shows. And that’s too bad. As Ken says, I wish they could “see the light” about what a good movie theater can be. As the posts on the Cinema Treasures sites for the Aberdeen and the D & R point out, there’s a huge void for movie lovers in the Grays Harbor area. (Well, there are a lot of voids in a lot of areas in the Grays Harbor region, but I won’t get started on that …) It would be a blessing if the 7th Street could be used for both live shows and movies, and it sounds like maybe there are some steps being taken to improve that balance. YAY!

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kateymac01 commented about Pe Ell Theater on Sep 13, 2005 at 4:24 pm

Do you have information on the Pe Ell Tokay?

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kateymac01 commented about D & R Theatre on Sep 12, 2005 at 12:46 pm

Dave, who do we contact to get involved or to donate? I am excited about the possibilities, and I wish you and your team all the luck in the world. Aberdeen could use something good … Aberdeen’s been in such a depressed state for so long, it could use this kind of positive jolt. My husband lived in Aberdeen and Montesano for a number of years, and we always drove by the D&R hoping something good would happen there before something bad (like fire, demolition, condemnation, etc.). GOOD LUCK and THANK YOU!!!

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kateymac01 commented about Renton Civic Theatre on Sep 10, 2005 at 1:18 am

This theater was originally the Rainier Theater. It sat across the street from the Roxy. My Internet research tells me that the Roxy was the more elegant theater. However, the Rainier featured large screens set on large stages, and the walls of the auditorium were lavishly sculpted with ornate woodwork and heavy tapestries (www.burgesslegacy.org/rtn.htm).

Here is a fabulous old photo: www.burgesslegacy.org/rtngfx/637.jpg

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kateymac01 commented about UA 150 on Sep 10, 2005 at 1:07 am

The theater was torn down in 2002, and those dated, old signs still stand on the corner. There’s nothing there. Just a big empty parking lot. I swear, those signs are there to taunt theater lovers.

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kateymac01 commented about Seattle Cinerama on Sep 10, 2005 at 1:02 am

FYI: The Seattle Cinerama falls under the AMC chain now, not General Cinemas.

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kateymac01 commented about Lewis and Clark Theatre on Sep 10, 2005 at 12:42 am

Does anyone have demolition photos? I’d love to see them.

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kateymac01 commented about Lakewood Theatre on Sep 10, 2005 at 12:39 am

I recently discovered that my movie-fanatic brother-in-law had looked into leasing this space. He agrees with you, Ken, on the price, and he says it needs handicap-accessible upgrades and other updates as well. Too bad. It always makes me sad to see it just sitting there. Guess we know why, though …

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kateymac01 commented about State Theater on Sep 10, 2005 at 12:21 am

Yes, Ken, the State’s exterior could use some love!

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kateymac01 commented about Theaters Closing in Olympia on Aug 24, 2005 at 3:29 pm

I always felt that these theaters weren’t clean, particularly Capital Mall, and both were smelly and uncomfortable. (Truth: A friend of mine walked into a Capital Mall auditorium once and turned around and walked out. He couldn’t handle the smell.) And I really could hear the movie in the auditorium next door almost every time I went to Capital Mall. In addition, the bathrooms at both theaters were small and cramped and dated.

And, yes, Lacey was LEAPS AND BOUNDS ahead of Capital Mall. But 1994 was a long time ago in terms of moviegoing, and Act 3 hasn’t been in charge in awhile. I applaud all the love and care that went into those theaters for so long — God knows it’s a lot of work to run a theater! — but those two theaters have served their time.

I only started going to Lacey and Capital Mall in 1994, so I don’t know how they were before then. But I do know that these theaters have suffered in recent years, particularly with the addition of Yelm Cinemas and the Lakewood Stadium 15 (just a short car trip up I-5 from Olympia). Too many screens, just like you said.

I am always sad when a theater closes. I have tons of fond memories of both of those theaters. And, yep, in a couple years the new theater will be just as sticky and dated.

And none of these theaters — Martin Village, Capital Mall, Lacey Cinemas — are “movie palaces” … sadly. Fun places to see a movie? Yes. Classic moviehouses like the Pantages in Tacoma (in its Roxy days) or Grauman’s Chinese in Hollywood? No.

I completely concur about Century Theaters' ongoing “talk talk talk.” I was throwing that out there as something that is proposed. I could have also added that in 2000, Galaxy Theaters announced plans to build a theater in Lacey, too. Heck, Lacey named a street near where those theaters were supposed to be Galaxy Drive!!!

Just my 2 cents. Not meant to offend. Just one moviegoer’s experience.

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kateymac01 commented about Entertainment Weekly Names Top 10 Theaters on Aug 16, 2005 at 6:12 pm

EW had comments about each theater — what made in unique, why it was a good movie-viewing experience, what the theater is doing right. The listings were a sidebar to a story about why people aren’t going to the movies.

Having been to only one of these theaters (Grauman’s Chinese), I cannot speak to whether this is a good list or not. Other than for historical value, I’m not sure I’d put Grauman’s Chinese on the list. It’s expensive, super-crowded. It’s become a typical megaplex. That was disappointing to me.

Not mentioned on the list is Seattle’s Cinerama, which is a pretty charming moviegoing experience. I was actually surprised that it was left off.

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kateymac01 commented about Garde Arts Center on Aug 8, 2005 at 1:10 pm

The marquee reminds me of the one that was on the late, great Coliseum Theatre in Seattle.

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kateymac01 commented about Central Cinema on Jul 15, 2005 at 3:52 pm

The Web site says this theater is open again.

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kateymac01 commented about King Cat Theater on Jun 21, 2005 at 2:33 pm

I thought the King Cat was used for live shows, not as a church. Did something change?

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kateymac01 commented about Liberty Theater on Jun 10, 2005 at 4:05 pm

The renovations are complete on this theater! It is now a venue for live music and the performing arts. Its grand opening is tonight. Great story and some photos at www.dailyastorian.com

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kateymac01 commented about White City Cinemas on Jun 7, 2005 at 8:42 pm

Is this the same White City Theatre seen in this photo?

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kateymac01 commented about Roxy Theater on May 31, 2005 at 8:53 pm

I’m finding conflicting information about this theater’s seating. Other sites list its capacity at 600. Anyone?

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kateymac01 commented about Where Was This Theatre? on May 31, 2005 at 4:05 pm

If you have information about this theater — even bare bones info — you should add it to the listings here.

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kateymac01 commented about Clyde Theatre on May 27, 2005 at 9:19 pm

Don’t know why the official Web site isn’t listed. Here’s the link:

http://www.theclyde.net/