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Was the theater still boarded up?
Here’s the newspaper story about the bankruptcy:
The B.F. Shearer company was a huge theater equipment dealer all up and down the west coast during the late 1940’s through the mid 1960’s. They had offices in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Did this theater do enough business to warrant the conversion to video projectors?
Sad news. :(
I hope insurance can pay for a new one. They should call Selby Screen Towers for an estimate.
Very sad news indeed. :(
You enter the theater at the sandwich sign where the main tavern portion is. There’s a “Cocktails” sign in the window there. The doors at the theater itself underneath the theater ‘marquee’ are merely emergency exit doors as required by the fire department. I’ve never watched a movie there myself, but have been in their projection booth a few times. They have Simplex XL projector, RCA soundhead, Strong Super Lume-x lamphouse with a 1600 watt bulb, Strong platter, and DTS digital sound. I don’t know if they converted to video projection yet.
I’ve eaten there before. The food was good and so was the service.
Here’s a picture I found of the theater dated October 22, 2013.
What a beautiful screen tower!
It appears they only show single features.
It’s a haunted theater:
That website has a nice picture of the front of the building as it looks today all restored.
This is horrible news. :(
I hope they can reopen this theater. Looks like it has a good potential.
That is good news!
Interesting to see a converted bus used as a snack bar. Do they plan on building a permanent snack bar building?
Are they open 7 days a week or just Fri-Sat-Sun right now?
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It would take a bit of work, but the property looks big enough to twin it. Since there would need to be tree removal and grading work done anyway to open it up again as a single screen, why not go a little further and twin it? Looks like all the original speaker posts and wiring are gone. A modern FM radio transmitter would give you sound. Naturally, you’d have to buy a modern video projector too. Looks like your other expenses would be building a new snack bar/projection/restroom building and a boxoffice building.
Let’s see, the 4th dimension would be smell. Alot of “movies” today already smell and pretty bad at that!
Are there any real estate company signs posted on the property? If not, then a trip or phone call to your county tax assessor’s office could tell you who owns the property and you could go from there.
A Letter To the Editor in today’s The Olympian newspaper gives some more information on the McCleary Theater:
Reopening this theater would be easier than building a new theater. The reason is the zoning is probably still good for this theater.
At one time this was operated by Tom Moyer’s Luxury Theatres.
I hope you can get this theater rebuilt and open again.