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MotoFox commented about Vancouver Cascade Stadium 16 on Jul 3, 2019 at 4:27 am

Shot with a ‘96 vintage (albeit crappy) Canon “Finepix” 35mm point-N-shoot. My photography teacher called those “PHD” cameras, for “Push Here, Dummy”. Obviously (and who could argue?) he favoured proper SLRs.

MotoFox commented about AMC Mill Plain 8 on Jul 3, 2019 at 2:24 am

I’ve been in there at least once every 3-4 years since it opened and all the crappy reviews on YELP are true. Seriously, this place gets crappier and more run down every time I go there. I don’t know how it even qualifies as a “treasure” unless it’s to document all the current and past cinemas/video halls in Vancouver.

It seems whats-his-nose opened it and made his mint off it, then opened the mall location (which honestly isn’t much better) and let Cascade Park die and rot. Now that AMC have grabbed it I expect they’ll completely run it into the ground with little upkeep and no renovations until it collapses on itself and say “oh well”. Even the former Tom Moyer (Luxury) theatres were refurbished and updated to full late-80s splendour after they were bought out by Act III.

If one good thing came out of the deal, it’s that Regal no longer have a virtual monopoly over chain cinemas any more.

MotoFox commented about Regal Crossroads 8 on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:42 pm

According to;f=12;t=001143 this was one of the several theatres where Dolby Digital (AC3) premiered. Screened “Batman Returns” in SR/AC3.

Ghost— there’s lots of neon still at the Vancouver Plaza and a number of other former Act III/late Tom Moyer cinemas built during that period. I think it was a standard design motif that Regal kept. Dated but I think it still looks neat.

MotoFox commented about City Centre Stadium 12 on May 22, 2016 at 4:00 am

I believe this theatre also initially opened as Act III but became a Regal shortly afterward. The storefront on the northwest end originally was a restaurant called “Cafe Movie Movie”, then was a Rose’s for a number of years until Eli Kassab moved it to the SE 192nd location.

MotoFox commented about Cascade Park 4 on May 22, 2016 at 3:48 am

You’re welcome.

In fact, this was actually a fairly standard layout used by Tom Moyer Theatres for their cinemas, with various modifications for each. For example, their Hazel Dell and, I.I.R.C., Jantzen Beach threeplexes had another medium house where the two shoeboxes (2 and 3) in this diagram are.

I’m told the courtyard was supposed to have been used for a future expansion to a 5 or 6plex, which never happened.

MotoFox commented about Lacey Cinemas on May 22, 2016 at 3:44 am

How did they expand it to an 8-plex, by dividing two of the larger auditoria or adding on to the building?

MotoFox commented about Theater lobby in 1992 on May 22, 2016 at 3:40 am

Thanks for posting these pictures Ken. Even though I had never been to the Lacey 8, they did bring back a lot of memories since the Cascade Park 4 had basically the same layout, only smaller.

CP4 didn’t have the alternating gold/brown colour scheme, only brown wallpaper in the hallways and lobby and gold curtains/hangings in the auditoria. It (strangely) stayed this way throughout the Act III era and the very beginning of Regal.

MotoFox commented about Liberty Theatre on Apr 10, 2016 at 7:41 am

Those open-wire trunk lines! Probably N-carrier considering the age of the photograph. The local General Telephone/GTE/Verizon/Frontier etc. switching office, CAMSWAXXDS1, is behind the theatre on the northeast corner of the block.

(I’m a fone phreak.)

MotoFox commented about Vancouver Cascade Stadium 16 on Apr 10, 2016 at 6:59 am

That lens really was terrible on that 35mm camera. Going through some of my old camera negatives recently the lens flare in that old Fujica was atrocious.

I could probably do better today if I had the time to do it.

MotoFox commented about Renfro Drive-In on Apr 10, 2016 at 6:55 am

NE 18th Street & NE Andresen Road; northeastern corner.

MotoFox commented about Empirical Theater on Jan 17, 2015 at 10:43 pm

No longer has the dome, either. Replaced with a big flat widescreen (61' * 40", It’s not IMAX 1.4:1.) No longer showing 15/70; now showing video with ATMOS 8-track audio. Dual Christie 4K video projectors, which is at least an improvement over the current generation of LieMAXes.

I read an article published shortly after the reopening which had a comment from one of the engineers saying something to the effect of the dome could have just as easily been kept (and used), but OMSI bean-counters insisted that it go, for undisclosed reasons. If I find it I will post the URL in another comment.

I saw “The Dream Is Alive” and “Blue Planet” here last summer for the first time since I was a kid (so ~20 years), and had virtually none of the immersion or impact that seeing them on the dome had. The ATMOS audio was kind of a nice upgrade from the limited/outdated IMAX 6-track system. But that’s about it.

So now it’s just… blah. Another house-brand LieMAX ripoff.


MotoFox commented about Cascade Park 4 on Jan 17, 2015 at 9:56 pm

The small window above the back exit (south end of projection floor) is not original. It was added as part of the Vozrozhdenie Church conversion. The chain blocking the parking entrance was also added post-Regal.

MotoFox commented about Cascade Park 4 Theater on Jan 17, 2015 at 9:46 pm

Now known as “Revival (Возрождение) Church”.

MotoFox commented about Vancouver Mall 4 (PHOTO CREDIT: Scott Neff/Cinematour [2003]) on Aug 25, 2014 at 9:31 pm

The pink neon/fluorescent “CINEMAS” sign was not original. It was installed in the mid-‘90s.

MotoFox commented about Regal Cascade Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX on Aug 25, 2014 at 9:20 pm

“IMAX” in name only…

MotoFox commented about City Centre Stadium 12 on Aug 25, 2014 at 9:14 pm

TV&A were also the architectural firm that designed the Vancouver Plaza 10 for the Moyers (showing my age), though it eventually opened as Act III.

MotoFox commented about Renfro Drive-In on Sep 12, 2013 at 12:10 am

This is where the Winco store and a smaller outparcel are today. Judging by the distance from the City Bark building at far left, the photo appears to have been taken approximately where the new complex’s entrance/driveway off NE Andresen is sited.

MotoFox commented about Kiggins Theatre on Sep 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Already been converted to a boozer. I read in the Columbian about a month ago that they’ve filed a “Kick Starter” to put in all-electronic projection and remove its film equipment. It’s always sad to see a classic go by the wayside. I already take a dim view of boozers, but converting a theatre like this to another dime-a-dozen video hall is the ultimate form of blasphemy.

Kiggins, R.I.P.

MotoFox commented about Jantzen Beach Theater on Sep 11, 2013 at 11:35 pm

If I recall correctly, it was where the middle block of stores now stands, behind the mall and north of the Home Depot.

Opened as “Jantzen Beach Tri-Cinema” by Tom Moyer’s “Luxury Theatres” firm and absorbed by Act III in the late 1980s. Layout was similar to that of the Cascade Park 4 in Vancouver, with a second large auditorium where the latter’s two smaller ones would be. (See blueprint sketch on the Cascade Park 4 page.) Closed around 1995ish and bulldozed when the shopping complex underwent its first major wave of redevelopment, which also involved demolishing a large portion of the mall.

Today, the only physical evidence that there was ever a cinema at Jantzen Beach is the marquee billboard which (I think, since I don’t make it down that way very often these days) still stands along the southbound side of I-5 behind the Denny’s restaurant, a short distance south of the onramp.

MotoFox commented about Vancouver Plaza 10 on Jul 19, 2013 at 6:28 am

Construction started sometime in either very late 1988 or very early ‘89 following the rest of the adjacent strip mall, but stalled for a couple years as a result of the Luxury Theatres-Act III buyout. It eventually opened summer of '92.

Yup, it’s hard to imagine but VP10 would have been Tom’s baby had the Moyers not been bought out!

MotoFox commented about Renfro Drive-In on Jul 19, 2013 at 6:03 am

I think it was also owned by Tom Moyer Luxury Theatres for its last several (?) years or so. I recall reading somewhere that Moyer’s running the place into the ground, so to speak, was what prompted its closure.

MotoFox commented about Renfro Drive-In on Jul 19, 2013 at 6:01 am

The north end of the Renfro field is where the Winco grocery store is today. The original marquee sign is still standing at the northeastern corner of 18th and Andresen (the intersection at the bottom of this satellite picture.)

MotoFox commented about Vancouver Mall 4 (PHOTO CREDIT: Scott Neff/Cinematour [2003]) on Oct 12, 2012 at 6:03 am

This wall of the building, as well as the north wall (just off the left side of the shot) still partially exist, but have been heavily modified to suit the office building now on the property. The rest of the theatre was otherwise demolished.

MotoFox commented about Cascade Park 4 Theater on Sep 24, 2012 at 12:12 am

In early 2011, Westminster Presbyterian sold the property to a Russian church group, which is currently occupying the site. The remodelling work they have done on it over the past year and a half has been so extensive, it’s doubtful the Cascade Park 4 will ever again be able to function as a movie theatre.