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Originally built and operated by Dale and Rose Nye in 1982.
The ORC lamphouse was replaced in 1999 with a Strong Super Lume-x running 2,000 watt bulbs.
The Christie AW2 platter was replaced in 1997 with a Strong miniature 5 deck platter in the small house.
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.
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.
Pictures of the new marquee (both lighted and unlighted) are on the theater’s facebook page:
They are converting to digital video projectors right now.
I’ve added several pictures I took of the theater in 1999.
I just added a couple of pictures I took of the front of theater in 1999.
I added a couple of my own pictures I took around 1999 back when it was run by AMC Theatres and had Union projectionists.
The auditorium is small. They should just buy a good quality consumer video projector and blu-ray DVD player.
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.
I’ve worked at the Fox in the past.
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!
On Friday December 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm the brand new marquee will be revealed and lit up.
Video arcades are dead. Miniature golf is dead. They won’t make any money with those.
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.
This building looks similar to the one at the Sunset Drive-in Theater in Tumwater, Washington.
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.
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.
Their website and “now Playing” page say this:
“Last weekend of the season- Fri-Mon, Aug 31-Sept 3”
I can only assume it’s just their end of the season and nothing to worry about.
That’s a 16 million dollar theater building. Clean it up and reopen it for movies. Otherwise, a lot of theater employees will be out of a job.
Yes, it looks like it is now a live theater:
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.