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Ken, I believe that the D&R is going to be rebuilt something along the lines of a live entertainment establishment. Like what Harbor Arts was proposing. At least this is what I’ve gathered from what has been posted. A brew pub is an OK idea but where whould you put the restaurant/pub instalation without messing up the interior. I personally have never been fond of the discount/2nd run format. I don’t think the harbor needs another cheap place to go. I know that the people living down their have some disposable income they all run to Olympia at the drop of a hat to shop. I also believe that there is no need to dumb down the offerings. If you offer smart intelligent, good quality, film product you can then educate your audience to attend. This does not happen overnight but is a building process. The rewards are a loyal following that will patronize the theater and the other business already there and those looking to be built in town. One of the keys to success is to work with the other downtown merchants to promote each other. ie; dinner and a movie, or lodging and a movie, etc. There are a lot of possibilities with out making it a sub run theater.
This is great news for Aberdeen I know the town can be brought back it just takes someone with the vision to get things started. I would really like to talk with John Yonich as I also grew up in Aberdeen and worked at both the D&R and Aberdeen (Warner) theaters befor they closed. While the main stream movies are being shown at So. Shore I still believe their is a market for an Art cinema in the area. This market is untapped and with the college there and the number of residents who go out of town to spend their entertainment dollars I feel this can work. I currently work for a company who might be interested in leasing the Aberdeen and running the movie business. We currently have theaters that run first run movies and we have Art theaters that cater to that market. The Lynwood Theater (ca.1936) on Bainbridge Island is one of our art houses. Condos in the Elks and Becker bldgs are a great idea, people being able to work, shop, and be entertained all in a few blocks. No need to start the car! Your on the right track.
Just attended Young Frankenstein and have to admit the show was Fantastic. The theater also looked great and a very full house is always nice. These big houses always shine when they are full.
Agreed, although I have had problems with the digital tracks. My equipment plays both and the system will always select the digital track if there is one. In many casses when a digital track is present the sound processor will only play analog, upon having the equipment tested it has been determined that the print is at fault with flaws in the digital track.
Keep the 2 machines, I’ve seen to many theaters go with platters and 1 machine then they are told that some vault prints are unavailable to them because of the make-up break-down issues. I understand running films the old way requires a projectionist but the extra labor is worth it in reguards to presentation. If the industry goes 100% digital like they are saying it will be a moot point. But until that happens keep the 2 machines!
I didn’t get a look at who was removing the old marguee, I was going by in a car and couldn’t stop. I do understand that the removal was a requirement of the city due to the danger posed by the old signage. Replication is the only possibility as the marquee dates from 1949 and their was so much decay in it that it was very unstable. This was the 3rd marquee to grace the theater, my personal favorite was the 2nd one. Pictures can be seen of all 3 at the jones photo site listed above. We shall wait and see what appears.
Nice picture, now if only this could become a movie house again and a nice marquee built across the front it wouldn’t look to bad.
Was in Aberdeen on Tuesday 8/7/07 and noticed that the marquee was being removed from the building. The signage was very rotted and in danger of falling and it had to be removed. I hope they put somthing up that is in keeping with the theater and not some cheap tin awning. I guess this might mean that work is going to start on the D&R.
I work for a small independent chain and we don’t have change other than quarters. Everything is priced to the nearest quarter. If a customer needed change it would have to come out of the managers pocket if he or she had the change on them. Since most theaters don’t sell items with prices ending in penny’s dimes or nickels there is no reason to order that change from the bank, or keep it on hand. When we get small coin it goes directly to the bank in the daily deposits. We try to ask our patrons for whole bills or quarters, but we will short ourselves if they only have small change; ie; they need 0.25 but have 0.30.
The Lynwood on Bainbridge Island in Washington is an art house that shows a classic film once a month. Many of these are on 35mm. You can view the past titles on our web site. The theatre is also listed here on Cinema Treasures. We get the films thru our regular booking agent, we just tell them what we want to show and they check to see if it’s available.
It’s good that this has survived, although someone should consider restoring the interior decorations. The original colors and painted designs on the walls and cielings were quite fantastic and were a part of the architects original designs. As it now sits it is rather dull. Although better than being demolished.
Well the July 5th birthday celebration was a great success! Everyone enjoyed the films and score played on the organ by Dennis James. It looks like the theatre will make this an annual event every July 5th as there is a real interest in this type of programing. It is a great way to wrap up the July 4th holiday, and see a type of entertainment that is rarely available today.
There are a few photo’s of this theater at www.jonesphotocollection.com be shur to search using different spellings for “theater” and “theatre” as they may not all pull up at once.
There are great photo’s of this theater in all it’s incarnations at www.jonesphotocollection.com be shur to search using different spellings for “theater” and “theatre” as there are many different photo’s and they do not all pull up at once.
The weir was closed by 1953 so it wouldn’t be in the guide for that year. This theater was originaly owned and opperated by D&R Theatre’s Inc. when they were still under the family control of Ed Dolan. I believe that all D&R Theatre’s were affiliated with Fox both for the films they booked and later after the company was sold and managed by Fox west Coast ie; Evergreen State. The Weir was permanantly closed by the Dolan family mainly because it was the oldest theater in their chain (1916 I think) and it needed major work. It was very old fashioned even for the 1940’s. By the time it was decided to close the theatre the thought was to drive the business to the over the the newly remodeled D&R theatre only half a block away. The Weir had very old electrical systems and equipment that all needed to be replaced. And the building was brick but the interior was built of wood and a fire trap. The D&R had just recieved a major remodel that made the theatre esentially brand new so their was no ecconomic sence to keep the Weir open.
Thank you Dave, it makes me very happy that someone has the forsight to see what Aberdeen can be instead of what it is. This area has so much going for it with the Olympic forest and the beaches so close that tourists can and should be a major ecconomic force along with all the locals who would also patronize both establishments.
This is good news, Aberdeen is ready for some-one with the resources to come in and get the ball rolling. Usually if one or two properties are renovated or restored the rest of the town will follow along. I would be most interested to talk with Yonich at some point and share my knowledge of the area’s theatres with him. Having grown up in Aberdeen it pained me to see the town slide the way it has in the last 30 years, this could be a wonderful destination town.
Another birthday is coming up for the Lynwood on July 5th and this year we are showing another silent film with Dennis James on the organ. We will have “The Black Pirate” staring Douglas Fairbanks (I think) and a short film with Buster Keaton. The Black Pirate is one of the first full length freature films to be photographed in 2 strip technicolor, a silent film that is in color is very unusual. 71 years and still counting!!!
When Fox released Star Wars they did not believe that anyone would want to see this film. I don’t remember what the “Big” fox film for 1977 was but if you were a theater owner and you wanted to play it you had to agree to take Star Wars also. As it turned out the “Big” film was a flop and Star Wars is part of movie history. We had 2 theaters in my home town of Aberdeen Wa. and they put Star Wars in the smaller house (Aberdeen Theater) thinking that it would only do a small amount of business. Boy were they wrong. The “Big” fox summer blockbuster for that year played at the Large theater (D&R) and did nothing.
I agree, Ken was way out of line to bring up the above item as it has nothing to do with the 7th St. or theaters in general.
Lost Memory, took a look at your pucture and read the copy posted with it, and I have to agree I miss this place a lot! I worked in all the harbor theaters and this was my favorite, The D&R had a grand and magical quality about it. Every time I’m in Aberdeen I walk by and my first reaction is to sit on the curb and cry! Then I usually get mad that this was allowed to happen.
Thank-you David for coming to the Lynwood, I’m glad you had a nice time. TJ and I are always working at improving the theater and trying to make it a comfortable community oriented entertainment destination. We also welcome any sugestions from our patrons on how we can do better.
To answer your question about the Lynwood, yes and no. The second owners Glen and Lucille Nolta who owned the theater from 1950 untill 1982 made changes to the auditorium in 1953 to acomodate Cinema Scope. They tore out the entire stage area and rebuilt it so wide screen presentations could be shown. The Lynwood does have the original wall covering and lighting in the auditorium and the general layout is the same but that is about all. We are always adding 1930’s elements to the theater to bring the feeling back. The 7th street is very lucky that basicly nothing was changed from the time of construction. You have a rare gem that was not cobbled up during it’s life. The 1950’s were especially bad for a lot of theaters with reguards to remodels.