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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.
This is where the projector were placed when the theater was a single screen.
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.
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:
I’m curious too and wonder if Ross is related to film comic Rags Ragland?
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.
That empty lot behind the sign has been developed into two restaurants: Red Lobster and Shari’s.
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.
When Act 3 theaters remodeled this theater, they went with a deep blue color scheme throughout the whole building.
That Strong X-60-C xenon lamphouse was moved to this theater from the Sunset Drive-in theater in Tumwater when it closed.
Look at all those surround speakers!
Capitol Amusement & Vending owned and operated all of the amusement games (and payphones) in the theater during the 1990’s.
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.
They physically added onto the right (west) side of the building, facing O'Blarney’s Tavern.
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.
I’ve never seen a drinking fountain like that. It’s gorgeous!
What a beautiful auditorium!
It would appear they still use speakers judging by this picture.
I’d like to see an ariel picture of the theater property now. With 14 screens it would be mighty impressive!
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.
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.
Modern digital video projector.
Looks like this theater was equipped for stereo sound judging by all the amplifier racks.
Looks like RCA/Brenkert BX-100 projector heads sitting on top of RCA MI-9050 sound heads.
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.
Yes the theater has been re-opened again and has a new website:
Be sure to check out the “history” and “neighbors” pages there. :)