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On Friday March 28, 2014, a power transformer at the theater blew up about 7:00 PM. It knocked the power out not only for the theater, but also for 1400 other customers of P.U.D. # 3. They finally got the power back on at 2:30 in the morning. So unfortunately the theater was unable to open that night due to the lack of power.
What is the theater now? Is it up for sale? What condition is the building in now?
Let’s hope someone can get the theater reopened and in time for a full season too.
Website no longer works. Theater still closed.
As of today, February 15, 2013, the theater is fully converted over to video projection.
Theater is still closed, but does have a video projector installed in addition to the original 35mm film equipment.
I believe the St. Helens Theater closed around 1958 or 1959.
Did the theater get converted to video projection yet?
Did this theater convert to video projection yet?
The studios could care less about mom-and-pop theaters. Nato even said 30% of these theaters would go out of business because they could not afford the digital video projectors.
There should not be more than 1 trailer anyway.
This is indeed good news to hear of a drive-in theater re-opening! :)
Paramount is still shipping 35mm prints to foreign countries. No studio can afford to lose the lucrative foreign boxoffice revenue. Many foreign countries still use 35mm film so the studios must continue shipping them 35mm prints.
I notice that now when you click on “Updated Theaters” it only shows open theaters. It used to show all updated theaters whether open, closed, or otherwise. Now we’re stuck with just looking at open theaters.
There are now pictures posted on their Facebook page of the new awning all lit up. It sure is colorful!
Pictures of the new awning and neon signage are now on their facebook page. The new awning was just installed yesterday and I hear it’s fantastic. It was made by a sign company in Sacramento, California.
I have not come across any flamings at all.
A 55 foot wide screen is gonna take a lot of light to light it up, probably around 7,000 watts.
Does anyone know if a new theater ever did get built?
Joe Vogel: The links in your July 5, 2009 comment have now gone bad.
The theater website does not appear to work any more. It’s been that way at least three weeks.
Opened on March 18, 1908. Had a stage for vaudeville acts and showed movies. In late 1914 the theater closed because of slow business. On February 3, 1915 the theater reopened. Sadly, business went slow again and the theater closed permanently on May 23, 1916. It sat vacant for a few years then in 1920 got converted into a six lane bowling alley called Adam’s Lanes. The building was much wider than shown in the only picture I have. It was two stories high and the upper floor was offices and apartments. The bowling alley continued to operate into the mid 1970’s then around 1976 the building was torn down and has been a parking lot ever since. King Solomon’s Reef restaurant is right next door to where the theater/bowling alley used to be.
There were four other theaters not currectly on Cinematreasures located near the Acme: Bijou (1908), Lyric (1914), Novelty (1908, and it only lasted 6 months), and the grand dame of all the theaters we had in Olympia, the Olympia Opera House (1890-1925, a.k.a. Olympia Theater in it’s later years).
When I was in there in 1999, the projection equipment was Ballantyne Pro 35 projector head, Ballantyne Model 7 soundhead, Ballantyne VIP pedestal, Strong Super Lume-x xenon lamphouse.
If there is some work being done on the building now, can someone please get some information about it? Perhaps it’s a preservation group doing it and it would be nice to have a website link or facebook page about it. Some pictures would be nice too. :)
Anyone else have pictures of this theater? The old Digital Textures website had some real good pictures of this theater, but that website is long gone.