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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.
Sad to see this building now. Anyone have pictures when this theater was open? By the way, back in the nitrate days fire department regulations had limits on how much nitrate film footage could be kept on the property. So if there were nitrate prints left over that the distributor never picked up, the footage had to be removed or destroyed. Hence that’s why they got burnt outside.
I’m assuming these are 35mm prints and not being shown on video?
Nothing can top IMAX film. All we get today is “Lie-Max” video projection.
Here is their facebook page:
What drive-in theater are they talking about in Portland?
Their Anacortes Cinemas and their Ocean Shores cinemas are also for sale.
ORC 4000 watt xenon lamphouse.
Looks like a Simplex model E-7 projector head bolted to a Simplex model SH-1000 sound head.
Looks like RCA 1050 soundheads with Simplex projector heads.
The story forgot to mention that the Rodeo 3 drive-in has a fantastic playground for the kids with all new commercial playground equipment.
I’ve found their Facebook page:
Something about the 35mm projector breaking and not being able to repair it.
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.
The website is no good any more. Just goes to a go daddy this site for sale.
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.
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:
Granted, not all of the pictures got archived, but lots of information is still there.
Corrected address for this theater is 116 E. Third St, Wapato, Wa. 98951. Google street view should then be correct.
The driveway is still there as of 2013, but way overgrown with weeds.
Roughly a third of the asbestos tiles had blown off the screen over the years from the windstorms.
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.