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I can tell you as I worked there (1977 to 1990) how the tri-plexing was done. The theater was originally designed with stadium seating (no balcony). The back half of the auditorium was walled off from the main floor. Then the walled off section was split into two auditoriums of about 100 seats each. The main auditorium held 500 seats after the tri-plexing was done by Tom Moyer Luxury Theatres. From my brief look after it was converted into live theater, ALL of the interior of the auditorium was changed. You would not recognize the interior of the auditorium anymore from the way it originally opened in 1949. The lobby is still somewhat intact though.
Google is now listing this theater as permanently closed. :(
Nobody has heard anything about it. Still closed and boarded up. Even the E-L-M-A letters are gone from the sign.
This is indeed very good news! Glad to hear this gem is being brought back to life. :)
Chehalis already has a two year old 10 plex stadium seating and digital video projection theater. Astoria already has that newish 6 plex and that restored single screen. The folks in Rainier will probably continue going to that wonderfully restored single screen theater in St. Helens.
This theater is just across the parking lot from the new 12 plex that just opened.
The video is excellent! Thanks for posting it. :)
Thank you for drawing this! Nice to see what the internal layout was.
That’s a pretty boxoffice!
This theater just opened a few days ago. I really don’t see how this theater will stay open. The mall there is a dying mall. Nobody in the area has any money. Too many screens in the area.
I have now added my hand drawn map of the theater to the photos page.
I have now added my hand drawn map of the theater property to the photos page for this theater.
I have now added the hand drawn map of the property I made.
I have added a hand drawn map that I made of the property layout to the photos page for this theater.
Yup, Variety is now reporting that Regal Cinemas may be going up for sale:
The theater is a converted Rite-Aid drug store building. It has no projection booth. All the video projectors are mounted in the auditorium.
Website for the theater:
Still says “Account Suspended”.
davefox: Yes that is correct. Opera Pacifica no longer has any involvement with the Fox Theater. Scott White of Historic Fox Theater is the current owner/operator.
The theater website now says “account suspended” on a blank white page. Some friends said the phone number no longer works.
They are doing a Halloween triple feature of classic horror movies:
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
I forget to mention the link to USA Drive-ins' website:
Existing drive-in theaters can get in on joining up with Johnny Rockets as mentioned here:
USA Drive-ins LLC has a facebook page:
Any pictures of the projection booth?
Carmike will probably put a proviso in the sale agreement to never allow this to be a theater again.
I remember the old 4 plex had gaps at the bottom of the auditorium doors because the ground kept sinking!