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KenLayton commented about Platter for the drive in theater on Jan 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

This old platter was converted with a retrofit kit to use Strong platter drop-in removable control plates.

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KenLayton commented about Higginsville’s campaign to save movie theater comes up short on Jan 9, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Big screen television projection kills another theater. :(

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KenLayton commented about That already endangered-species, the drive-in, further threatened by costs of going digital on Jan 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm

The studios/distributors still will be making 35mm prints for foreign distribution.

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KenLayton commented about Mooney Drive-In on Jan 1, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Looks like they had SPECO “CBX” in-car speakers.

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KenLayton commented about Tri-City Drive-In on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I wonder if the D. Moseley is related to the projectionist Earl Moseley who wrote the autobiography, “The Reel Mose” about 20 years ago? Earl worked drive-ins and indoor theaters as projectionist.

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KenLayton commented about Shelton Cinemas on Dec 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Originally built and operated by Dale and Rose Nye in 1982.

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KenLayton commented about Small booth equipment on Dec 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

The ORC lamphouse was replaced in 1999 with a Strong Super Lume-x running 2,000 watt bulbs.

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KenLayton commented about Looking toward booth 2 equipment on Dec 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm

The Christie AW2 platter was replaced in 1997 with a Strong miniature 5 deck platter in the small house.

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KenLayton commented about Large auditorium booth equipment on Dec 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm

The christie AW2 platter was replaced with a Strong 3 deck microswitch platter in 1997. The ORC lamphouse was replaced with a Strong Super Lume-x running 2,000 watt bulbs back in 1999.

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KenLayton commented about Lacey Drive-In on Dec 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Screen tower was all wood construction with telephone poles as the main support. The picture area was 40 feet by 94 feet with a flat black masking border painted on it. The tower did not angle toward the ramps. It was straight. The face of the picture area was all asbestos tiles.

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KenLayton commented about Fox Theatre on Dec 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Pictures of the new marquee (both lighted and unlighted) are on the theater’s facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/CentraliaFox

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KenLayton commented about Rodeo Drive-In on Dec 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm

They are converting to digital video projectors right now.

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KenLayton commented about Columbia Theatre on Dec 10, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I’ve added several pictures I took of the theater in 1999.

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KenLayton commented about Longview Theater on Dec 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I just added a couple of pictures I took of the front of theater in 1999.

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KenLayton commented about Galaxy Narrows on Dec 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I added a couple of my own pictures I took around 1999 back when it was run by AMC Theatres and had Union projectionists.

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KenLayton commented about Blue Mouse Theater launches public appeal to fund acquisition of digital projection on Dec 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

The auditorium is small. They should just buy a good quality consumer video projector and blu-ray DVD player.

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KenLayton commented about Theater closed since 2005 gets $4 million makeover on Dec 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Galaxy also operates the Narrows Plaza 8 in Tacoma, Washington. They moved into that theater after closing the Tacoma Central just two miles down the road. Just west over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Galaxy operates the Uptown 10 Theatres in Gig Harbor. Cinematreasures needs to add those theaters.

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KenLayton commented about Fox Theatre on Nov 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I’ve worked at the Fox in the past.

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KenLayton commented about Fox Theatre on Nov 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

There is a picture of the new marquee still on the back of a flatbed truck on the theater’s Facebook page now. It looks great!

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KenLayton commented about Fox Theatre on Nov 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm

On Friday December 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm the brand new marquee will be revealed and lit up.

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KenLayton commented about Adirondac summer cinema closes and will be demolished; dates to 1926 on Nov 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

Video arcades are dead. Miniature golf is dead. They won’t make any money with those.

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KenLayton commented about Michigan Drive-In on Oct 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm

What a goofy looking theater. With a flat, grassy lot how can you see the picture, especially with vehicles in front of you? I noticed no speaker posts at all. Screen tower/residence does not look tall enough to get the picture high enough. What is the glassed in structure blocking the right side of the screen? Looks to be very annoying.

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KenLayton commented about Laurel Drive-In on Oct 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm

This building looks similar to the one at the Sunset Drive-in Theater in Tumwater, Washington.

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KenLayton commented about More theaters closing; unable to make the jump to digital on Sep 17, 2012 at 11:26 am

NATO does not care about the small town theaters. The conversion to video projection is being forced on exhibitors. There was a story in the Hollywood Reporter a few weeks ago about Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount, and Universal just signing a big contract with Kodak to continue supplying the studios with billions of feet of 35mm film all the way through December of 2015. So film is not dead yet since many other countries still use 35mm film in their theaters. So the studios will need to continue making 35mm film prints for worldwide releases. If the small town theaters get forced to go to video projection, they should just go to Best Buy and buy a cheap video projector and blu-ray dvd player and show dvd’s. About $2,000 would be their cost to convert plus they could use their existing sound system. The conversion to digital video projection will hit drive-in theaters very hard since many drive-in screens are from 50 to 100 feet wide. It costs alot to light up screens that big.

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KenLayton commented about Valley 6 Drive-In on Sep 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

Well with Disney, Warners, Paramount, and Universal signing a contract with Kodak to continue manufacturing billions of feet of 35mm film through December of 2015, the Valley should have no problem getting 35mm film product.