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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.
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.