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I don’t feel tearing down the theater would be the thing to do. Try to move on, but maybe put up a memorial in the lobby?
That figure should be $80,000 per screen.
Thanks for posting that link to the interior pictures. I had never seen any inside pictures of this theater before.
Some of the fire damage has been repaired and the theater has re-opened.
Rebuild those tube amplifiers and you can run some in-car speakers again!
Replace all the old capacitors in those amplifiers and they’ll run for years again. These are high quality amplifiers and designed for drive-in theater in-car speakers.
A fire today 5-30-2012 has damaged the kitchen and lobby of the theater. The Skyline is temporarily closed until the damage can be repaired.
In January of 2006 a plywood cutout mural of the late Paul G. Thompson was attached to the building to the right of the payphone he installed shortly before his sudden passing in 2005. Paul was the technician and projectionist for this and many other theaters. He got his projection training in the Navy. The cutout mural was a tribute to Paul and his many years helping out local theaters. I am proud to have called him my friend and to have known him for several years.
The studios/distributors simply do not care about small town theaters any more because they don’t gross enough money.
Just buy a $4,000 video projector and cheap bluray player from Best Buy and you’ve got “digital projection”.
This is good news! Glad to hear they will be open again. :)
The wholesale forcing of theaters to convert to big screen television projection will drive many mom-and-pop theaters out of business.
So louder sound is supposed to make a movie better how?
This house had front-surround sound.
What’s really needed in that area is a drive-in theater!
This was a real echo chamber!
This house has front-surround sound.
Notice the screen masking is screwed up on the left side.
I have just added 25 photos of this theater.
I believe 3 of the houses were “upgraded” to Ballantyne Pro-35 projectors and Ballantyne model 7 soundheads about a year after this picture was taken.
Cinder block walls with just a few square pieces of carpeting glued to the wall. Center aisle with a capacity of about 50.
The walls are cinder block with a few square pieces of carpet to control echo. Guess what? It didn’t work!
Seating is around 50 to 60 with center aisle.
Tickets are sold out of the far left end of the snack bar.
House 5 is on the left and house 6 on the right. Notice the mostly bare wood floor with pieces of carpet scraps.