Comments from KenLayton

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KenLayton commented about 10 Great Drive-Ins on Oct 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

The story forgot to mention that the Rodeo 3 drive-in has a fantastic playground for the kids with all new commercial playground equipment.

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KenLayton commented about Moonlite Theatre on Oct 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I’ve found their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/abingdonmoonlite

Something about the 35mm projector breaking and not being able to repair it.

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KenLayton commented about Moonlite Theatre on Oct 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Hey Chuck1231, I just tried calling their phone number too. Yup you are right. The recording says closed for repairs. Didn’t sound too hopeful.

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KenLayton commented about Moonlite Theatre on Oct 6, 2013 at 3:21 am

The website is no good any more. Just goes to a go daddy this site for sale.

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KenLayton commented about Waucomah Theatre on Oct 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm

The street view is wrong. About six clicks of the arrow to the right (towards the traffic signals) will bring you to the theater. The tiles along the front of the building match those in the photographs.

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KenLayton commented about Twin City Drive In on Oct 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Arthur Allen’s “Drive In Theaters of Western Washington” website had tons of drive in theater pictures. Unfortunately, it was hosted on GeoCities and disappeared several years ago. A mirror of it is here with some additional pictures of the Twin City Drive-In theater:

http://www.oocities.org/hollywood/Pavillion/2216/TwinCity.html

Granted, not all of the pictures got archived, but lots of information is still there.

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KenLayton commented about Liberty Theater on Oct 4, 2013 at 2:12 am

Corrected address for this theater is 116 E. Third St, Wapato, Wa. 98951. Google street view should then be correct.

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KenLayton commented about Twin City Drive In on Oct 4, 2013 at 12:49 am

The driveway is still there as of 2013, but way overgrown with weeds.

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KenLayton commented about Twin City Drive In on Oct 4, 2013 at 12:48 am

Roughly a third of the asbestos tiles had blown off the screen over the years from the windstorms.

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KenLayton commented about Twin City Drive In on Oct 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Around 1995, James Jack started painting the outside of the building in yellow color to doll up the place and hide the graffiti. You can see some of the yellow painted portions of the building in some of the pictures. The paint that was on the building in the late 70’s and in the 1980’s was a light green.

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KenLayton commented about Twin City Drive In on Oct 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

That’s quite a few asbestos tiles missing.

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KenLayton commented about Glo Top cover on Oct 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm

We had purchased several dozen brand new Glo-Tops from Speco back in 1999 to replace a bunch of damaged, faded, and missing ones. Our lighting circuit to the Glo-Tops ran 24 to 28 volt # 313 miniature lamps.

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KenLayton commented about Minipec box on Oct 2, 2013 at 10:33 pm

This automation unit was so screwed up that I ran it on manual override all the time.

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KenLayton commented about Speakers on Oct 2, 2013 at 10:30 pm

That’s an Eprad speaker on the left and a Speco one on the right. The junction box is an Eprad “Glo-Top” lighted unit.

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KenLayton commented about Twin City Drive In on Oct 2, 2013 at 4:57 pm

In 1993 it was already closed, but a man by the name of James Jack was starting to clean things up and had plans to reopen it. Unfortunately, I heard that he had suddenly passed away and the theater would never reopen. There were a couple of brothers who had opened the theater in 1984 and 1985 seasons, but they didn’t know how to operate a drive-in theater and it closed. One of their biggest problems was sound system failures. They had no radio sound at all and were running the sound through the traditional in-car window speakers on both screens. Instead of simply repairing the existing RCA drive-in theater tube amplifier (which was designed for this theater anyway), they bought like five or six Bogen transistorized amplifiers and used those to feed sound to the speakers. That turned out to be a big mistake because the line transients in the field wiring played havoc with the output transistors in the Bogen amplifiers. Seems like every couple of weeks several of the amplifiers were in the repair shop with blown output transistors. So the sound was pretty bad which drove away customers. If this theater would have been twinned properly (not hacked like it was) and that second screen had radio sound, this theater might still have been open in my opinion.

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KenLayton commented about Twin City Drive In on Oct 2, 2013 at 2:17 pm

The only remnants of the theater today is the asphalt driveway entrance and many of the original trees are still standing. The property is now owned by the Western Washington Fairgrounds and is used for storage. The front entryway of the theater now has a barbed wire fence stretched across it. The entire theater marquee and readerboard have been completely removed.

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KenLayton commented about Twin City Drive In on Oct 2, 2013 at 12:41 am

I have plenty of pictures of this theater in my collection. All my pictures were taken after the theater closed and had been through a couple of major floods.

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KenLayton commented about Skyline Drive-In on Sep 27, 2013 at 3:06 am

Damage to the video projector, telephones, and internet have all been repaired.

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KenLayton commented about Speaker post on Sep 27, 2013 at 3:05 am

This is what happens when you forget to hang the speaker back on the post before driving away.

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KenLayton commented about Neon sign on Sep 27, 2013 at 3:03 am

The other side of the sign says “Next Left” in place of the word Theater.

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KenLayton commented about Skyline Drive-In on Sep 27, 2013 at 3:00 am

That picture appears to be from the Skyline Drive-in Theater in Shelton, Washington.

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KenLayton commented about 99 W Drive-In on Sep 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Yup, congratulations are in order. They won a video projector from Honda’s contest. :)

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KenLayton commented about Village Cinema on Sep 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm

They should have just bought a DVD player and cheapo Best Buy video projector.

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KenLayton commented about Skyline Drive-In on Sep 8, 2013 at 1:03 am

Telephone lines at the theater are also damaged from the lightning strike. Phone lines are down right now.

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KenLayton commented about Skyline Drive-In on Sep 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Evidently the electrical storm did damage the new video projector and all shows are cancelled until further notice.