Comments from KenLayton

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KenLayton commented about Laurel Drive-In on Oct 19, 2012 at 5:00 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 4:26 pm

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 4:24 pm

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.

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KenLayton commented about Valley 6 Drive-In on Sep 5, 2012 at 5:59 am

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.

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KenLayton commented about City of Aurora seeks citizen about what should happen to the Century 16 on Sep 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm

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.

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KenLayton commented about Longview Theater on Aug 29, 2012 at 5:10 am

Yes, it looks like it is now a live theater:

http://www.stageworksnorthwest.org/Your%20Visit.html

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KenLayton commented about Century Aurora on Aug 5, 2012 at 3:07 am

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?

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KenLayton commented about Valley 6 Drive-In on Jul 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm

That figure should be $80,000 per screen.

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KenLayton commented about Community Theatre on Jul 11, 2012 at 5:39 am

eropel:

Thanks for posting that link to the interior pictures. I had never seen any inside pictures of this theater before.

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KenLayton commented about Skyline Drive-In on Jun 2, 2012 at 6:47 am

Some of the fire damage has been repaired and the theater has re-opened.

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KenLayton commented about Teepee Drive-In on Jun 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Rebuild those tube amplifiers and you can run some in-car speakers again!

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KenLayton commented about Teepee Drive-In on Jun 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm

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.

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KenLayton commented about Skyline Drive-In on May 31, 2012 at 6:59 am

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.

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KenLayton commented about Anacortes Cinemas on May 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm

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.

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KenLayton commented about Olympic Theatre on May 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm

The studios/distributors simply do not care about small town theaters any more because they don’t gross enough money.

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KenLayton commented about No more movies in Thomaston? on May 13, 2012 at 5:19 am

Just buy a $4,000 video projector and cheap bluray player from Best Buy and you’ve got “digital projection”.

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KenLayton commented about Fiesta Drive-In on Apr 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm

This is good news! Glad to hear they will be open again. :)

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KenLayton commented about Wal-Mart threatening Cottage View Drive-In on Apr 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

The wholesale forcing of theaters to convert to big screen television projection will drive many mom-and-pop theaters out of business.

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KenLayton commented about Bigger and louder: New cinemas strive for an enhanced movie experience on Apr 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

So louder sound is supposed to make a movie better how?

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KenLayton commented about Auditorium 2 on Feb 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm

This house had front-surround sound.

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KenLayton commented about Post Falls Theater on Feb 9, 2012 at 5:51 am

What’s really needed in that area is a drive-in theater!

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KenLayton commented about Auditorium 1 on Feb 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

This was a real echo chamber!

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KenLayton commented about House 1 equipment on Feb 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

This house has front-surround sound.

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KenLayton commented about House 2 equipment on Feb 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

This house has front-surround sound.

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KenLayton commented about Auditorium 3 on Feb 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Notice the screen masking is screwed up on the left side.