Comments from KenLayton

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KenLayton commented about Booth trap door on May 30, 2016 at 4:20 am

There was a block-and-tackle mounted in the ceiling directly above this trap door. This was so the projectionist could tie a rope to the carrying handles on the film shipping cans and hoist the heavy film cans into the booth.

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KenLayton commented about Original portholes on May 30, 2016 at 4:17 am

This is where the projector were placed when the theater was a single screen.

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KenLayton commented about Vertical sign on May 30, 2016 at 4:16 am

Notice the metal ladders attached to each side of the sign. This was so a person could climb on the sign to change light bulbs.

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KenLayton commented about Chehalis Theatre on May 30, 2016 at 3:40 am

The theater has been sold and the new owners plan to re-open this theater sometime in August 2016. The Centralia Chronicle has a story about this:

http://www.chronline.com/the-show-will-go-on-at-the-chehalis-theater-after/article_e5db8fec-2366-11e6-96cd-471952e64608.html

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KenLayton commented about Ross Ragland Theatre on May 27, 2016 at 3:38 am

I’m curious too and wonder if Ross is related to film comic Rags Ragland?

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KenLayton commented about Martin Village 16 on May 22, 2016 at 5:29 am

This theater is always busy. It has easy access on and off the freeway plus a traffic light to get you in and out of the theater property. Huge parking lot with plenty of parking too. This is a very nice theater.

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KenLayton commented about Marquee in 1988 on May 22, 2016 at 5:24 am

That empty lot behind the sign has been developed into two restaurants: Red Lobster and Shari’s.

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KenLayton commented about Front of theater on May 22, 2016 at 5:22 am

The building is made of pre-cast concrete walls that were tilted up into place by a crane and bolted together. This allowed the theater to be built quickly.

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KenLayton commented about Theater lobby in 1992 on May 22, 2016 at 5:20 am

When Act 3 theaters remodeled this theater, they went with a deep blue color scheme throughout the whole building.

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KenLayton commented about Platter in booth on May 22, 2016 at 5:18 am

That Strong X-60-C xenon lamphouse was moved to this theater from the Sunset Drive-in theater in Tumwater when it closed.

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KenLayton commented about auditoriun 1 on May 22, 2016 at 5:16 am

Look at all those surround speakers!

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KenLayton commented about Games in lobby on May 22, 2016 at 5:15 am

Capitol Amusement & Vending owned and operated all of the amusement games (and payphones) in the theater during the 1990’s.

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KenLayton commented about Banana split from roof on May 22, 2016 at 5:12 am

That large patch of dirt above those trailers has been developed and is now home to a Red Lobster restaurant and a Shari’s Restaurant.

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KenLayton commented about Lacey Cinemas on May 22, 2016 at 5:09 am

They physically added onto the right (west) side of the building, facing O'Blarney’s Tavern.

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KenLayton commented about Fox booth 2009 on May 18, 2016 at 9:22 pm

Looks like a Simplex model E-7 projector head on top of an RCA model MI-9030 sound head. The lower film magazine was replaced at one point with a large reel arm which was converted to use a platter guide roller.

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KenLayton commented about Water Fountain on May 18, 2016 at 9:19 pm

I’ve never seen a drinking fountain like that. It’s gorgeous!

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KenLayton commented about Fox Theatre on May 18, 2016 at 9:17 pm

What a beautiful auditorium!

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KenLayton commented about Route 34 Drive-In, Earlville, IL on May 18, 2016 at 5:45 pm

It would appear they still use speakers judging by this picture.

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KenLayton commented about Swap Shop Drive-In on May 18, 2016 at 5:43 pm

I’d like to see an ariel picture of the theater property now. With 14 screens it would be mighty impressive!

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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on May 16, 2016 at 7:16 am

The group who had previously tried to restore the theater (called the Harbor Arts Foundation), did have tons of pictures of the interior of the theater as they found it in 2005. I remember they had specific pictures of the back stage, dressing rooms, projection booth, snack bar, etc on their website back then. The pictures have all vanished since the demise of the group and their website. All that is left of their website is at the wayback machine.

http://web.archive.org/web/20060203145136/http://harborartsfoundation.org/

Unfortunately, the current theater owners have posted very few pictures at all of the interior as it is now (restored). I’d like to see current pix of the projection booth interior and back stage.

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KenLayton commented about Verne Drive-In on May 16, 2016 at 7:02 am

Modern digital video projector.

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KenLayton commented about Miller Theatre, Augusta GA on May 15, 2016 at 7:36 am

Looks like this theater was equipped for stereo sound judging by all the amplifier racks.

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KenLayton commented about Miller Theatre, Augusta GA on May 15, 2016 at 7:34 am

Looks like RCA/Brenkert BX-100 projector heads sitting on top of RCA MI-9050 sound heads.

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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on May 13, 2016 at 8:16 pm

This is the latest version of the boxoffice from the mid 1940’s I believe. It is now fully restored. I call it the “Pacman” boxoffice because of the unusual shape.

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KenLayton commented about D & R Theatre on May 13, 2016 at 5:39 pm

Yes the theater has been re-opened again and has a new website:

http://www.dandrtheatre.rocks/

Be sure to check out the “history” and “neighbors” pages there. :)