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Considering these so-called “movies” are now simply a big budget “tv movie of the week”, there’s really no need to spend all that money at the theater. Wait and watch it on tv at home.
All the major studios have now signed a contract with Kodak to continue supplying the studios with billions of feet of 35mm film. The studios/film distributors still must supply 35mm prints of first run American releases to foreign countries. So 35mm film is not dead. Here is a link to the story:
This theater is just three miles from the Blue Fox Drive-in Theater in Oak Harbor.
The theater is hidden by a stand of trees. To find it, continue traveling southbound on Point Brown Avenue past the McDonald’s Restaurant and the traffic roundabout. The theater is about a half mile south of the McDonald’s and will be on your right. The theater has conventional sloped floors in all three auditoriums
When you enter the front doors of the building, you enter an indoor courtyard of several restaurants on your left. On the right is a mural depicting an old west theme. You have to walk past all these restaurants to get to the combination theater snack bar/ticket office. This theater has all stadium seating, but with center aisle design.
Original projection booth equipment was Ballantyne Pro-35 projector heads on top of Ballantyne Model VII soundheads (all mono sound in all houses). All those were mounted on Ballantyne “VIP” pedestals. Sound was mono Ballantyne model T-25 tube amplifiers mounted in each VIP pedestal. These were all two projector changeover houses running large reels. Auditoriums were done in Tom Moyer’s usual color scheme of yellow-orange-brown pleated drapes.
Originally opened in the early 1980’s by Tom Moyer Theatres.
The Chalet Theatre and the Enumclaw Cinemas (both in Enumclaw) are just a few miles east of the Tall Firs 10. Just stay on the same highway and it will take you to Enumclaw.
Digital Cinema is in reality big screen tv and complete with commercials. So it is better to stay at home. And at home you can mute commercials!
Those speaker posts sure could use a coat of paint.
With the Valley 6 drive-in closed in Auburn, why don’t the folks at Colville “transplant” one of the Valley’s screens to Colville? That’s a lot cheaper than buying a new one.
Seems like they did not maintain their screen and let it deteriorate. Almost like they didn’t care about the theater.
This theater is located directly across the parking lot from Regal Cinemas' Silverdale 4 theater. Both theater complexes are only about 100 feet from each other!
Do they still operate any speakers?
From KXRO radio on March 14th:
The Aberdeen City Council heard from many members of the public on both sides of the issue of the closing of the D&R Theatre and what the city can do to help keep businesses in Aberdeen.
The public spoke for over an hour collectively and covered a broad spectrum of issues that they are hoping the city can help with business.
Aberdeen City Councilwoman Kathi Hoder said that the city council was just as surprised about the closing as everyone else was.
According to newspaper accounts from March 3 through March 7 this year (2013), the theater is closed as well as the other stores/eateries in the building. A wooden wall has been erected around the theater building to keep out bums. One of the stories mentioned workers removing the seats. However, the theater’s website is still showing business as usual and selling tickets to shows.
I wonder why he did not try to run movies, at least once in a while?
I just saw the story on The Daily World’s website. What a pity. It was a nice theater.
Did your projectors go to the Rodeo Drive-in Theater in Port Orchard/Bremerton? I remember seeing red, green, and blue colored Brenkert projectors there at the Rodeo.
Steve Swanson, Arthur Allen, the late Carl Cook, and myself have all photographed this theater over the years.
Now converted to video projection March 2013.
That’s sad. I have purchased all his books over the years and they are nothing short of EXCELLENT. I still refer to pictures in those books!
Now fully converted to video projection and will re-open for the season on March 1, 2013.
As Galaxy Theaters found out, converting to video projection will not bring in more customers.
Judging by the projection booth pictures, they were operating Brenkert model BX-60 projector heads on top of RCA 9030 sound heads.