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The new electric reclining seats are being installed right now. They are starting with auditoriums 1 through 7 first.
The building is indeed in pretty good condition. If you go down the side alley, the “stage door” is still there.
Wow, that building is in pretty bad shape inside.
Do they still run some 16mm films?
They recently installed new recliner seats in the entire complex.
Andy Crow, well-known Pacific Northwest organist who restored the pipe organ in this theater, passed away a few days ago. The pipe organ has been renamed the “Andy Crow Wurlitzer” in his memory. He will receive a posthumous award later in the year for his many years of playing music for silent movies in this and other theaters.
Formerly known as the South Shore Mall 4 theater.
From what I’ve heard, the new owner lives in the theater and it is definitely closed.
Color scheme and layout of this auditorium looks like an Act 3 Theaters theater building.
Judging by all the broken windows, it looks like the building is abandoned.
The building is in very good condition and maintained.
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.