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Totally agree with the posts on this topic. I was a projectionist for many years and reading these posts has brought back many memory’s of going to the movies both as a customer and as a professional.
I’m a major movie theatre junkie and now rarely go to the movies. Hate the “pre-show”. No showmanship, only herd the audience in, subject them to advertising, show the film, up with the lights and herd them out. Repeat again!
So grateful I was part of when going to the movies was a treat. Movie theatre’s were special places. The sad thing is the digital equipment in use today is capable of doing all the things we used to do, but owners are cutting costs, so no curtains, sometimes no maskings, no training on showmanship.
We used to say “The show stars on the sidewalk”.
All lost today, except for those very few individuals who still care.
Love the Seven Gables. One of the gems of the art theatre’s in Seattle.
Have attended many films at the Guild but must say this place has seen better days. Landmark has not spent any money on this house in years. To bad as it once was a nice neighborhood house. Now uneven floors, dark and dirty, Hopefully someone someday will fix and keep the Guild 45th around for a long time to come. Great marquee.
The interior of the auditorium had all the original paint and decorations up until the church took over. Since then it has been painted yellow and the ceiling black. The original cove lighting is no linger used and florescent lights have been hung in the auditorium. Only the balcony retains it’s original paint scheme. The booth is stripped of all equipment, and the mezzanine space is now a children’s area with the windows painted over. The whole room is blue (if memory serves me). All original drapery is gone except for the stage drapes and they are torn and unusable.
In the photo’s it shows some entrance doors for the theatre. These are original but only half the doors are left today. They used to extend all the way across the front of the middle of the building. There was a free standing box office also. The church removed half the doors and the box office and expanded the inside lobby space by enclosing the outside foyer space. They also lowered the outside foyer ceiling and removed the chandeliers. Installing florescent fixtures. But at least it’s still standing.
If anyone knows how to change the seating tab at the top of the page the Lynwood has 260 seats.
The Lynwood is now digital, we switched about 6 months ago and I have to say it has been great. The flexability is amazing. so much easier than film. I loved film but now that I’ve used this new equip. I don’t want to go back. We have NEC NC1200C proj. with GDC server and full digital 5.1 sound. Picture and sound is great!
I understand that some kind of screen has also been installed so it looks like he may also start to show movies along with the concerts. Just what I’ve been told as I havn’t been in Aberdeen for awhile but lets hope all parties concerned can work together to keep this venue open and maybe bring other business into town.
My understanding about the seat removal is some were removed but no where near all. I think the public speaking out to the city is a very good thing. Aberdeen needs to wake up and realise that their town is not very healthy as far as downtown business and they need to do what ever they can to promote business not drive it away. Including working with owners in reguards to inspections. I remember growing up in Aberdeen and there was a thriving downtown with lots of foot traffic, now it looks like a goast town as the traffic just passes thru. The city needs to contact Mr. Yonich and ask what can they do to get this venue reopened. And then do whatever he requests!!!
Interesting that the theatre’s web page is still up and running and has several shows listed as upcomming with tickets for sale. So maybe there’s more to come and this closure is just temporary. Who knows..
I agree, even when I worked there in the 1980’s at the end of its run as a movie theatre it still has a faded elegance about it. My favorite theatre! I understand the owner has no plans to try and sell the theatre. It’s just going to sit boarded up for now. Shame.
Evidently the D&R is now closed. The owner has sited to many problems with the city of Aberdeen so he boarded up the front and closed not only the theatre but the ice cream shop and the coffee shop. To bad they had a good thing going…
Had the pleasure to tour the Mack recently. While it is in need of some restoration it is a beautiful theater. There is some water damage to the ceiling in the auditorium and the hall leading from the lobby but nothing a new roof won’t fix and some plaster repair. Not to serious. Big lobby and big 700 seat auditorium. Needs new drapes and some cleaning but otherwise could be a great classic house. The owner is interested in getting it reopened if someone has a good business plan and the money to revamp the interior. We can only hope.
This theatre was a great place to see movies and with Seattle being a film festival city I still think this would again be a great venue for film. Even if only during SIFF. And having other uses the rest of the year.
Beautiful theatre, so good to see it is being taken care of and loved by the people of Washington DC. Maybe they will even fix the curtain.
Absolutly gorgeous theatre. I do hope that when the owner states that the new screen will be “huge” that he isn’t planning to install it in front of the procienium. But still a treasure to be loved and protected.
Great! and $6.50 ticket price can’t hurt.
It’s part of the experience. Not everything could be given a wide release. Also wide release’s of films is part of what killed the build-up of major films. In the “old days” major pictures would have “Roadshow” releasing in major city’s only and would sometimes not see smaller venues for up to a year. Smaller films have allways had limited releases in metropolitan areas where it is reasoned that the majority of the audience is located. It still boils down to dollars. With digital it may change as print costs will be negated, and more film will be available to smaller areas. Provided theatre’s have converted and can screen the new technology.
While I understand the need to provide access to everyone, many small theatre’s are surviving on a shoestring. I myself fun a single screen and could no way afford to add the equipment warrented in this action. I do have headsets for hearing impaired but closed captioning is out of reach. This could potentialy put small operators out of business as only the giant chains can afford this. And it only takes 1 person to complain and file action of non-compliance.
What an amazing theater. So nice to see it has been so well taken care of. A cinema treasure indeed!
Glad to see that the place was successfully repurposed. But, while I assume they are needed I must say that the sound material added to the cieling and side walls is rather strange looking. I have studied many photo’s of this theatre from opening day and today and the auditorium has been significantly altered in decorative appearance. Although the changes could be easily removed. But it is still used and loved and NOT a parking lot.
Seems to me that if some slight changes to the Uptown are needed to make it operational in todays world then so be it. Doing nothing will eventually bring the building down. And using it only as a movie house today is just not an option. So restoration as a mixed use facility is a great plan, as the theatre will be saved! Better than the wrecking ball!!
The early photo’s show a orchestra pit, but now it appears it has been covered over with a stage thrust. When was that done and I wonder if there are any plans to uncover it? Georgious theatre…
Also the Google location photo appears to be the back of the building. Maybe the front will show more of what the theatre would have looked like. There could have been an auditorium inside a building with offices and that is what we see from the view that’s listed.
Nice web site. Good to see that they are doing well and bringing in good shows.
Was amused that on their web page the “History” of the D&R is a cut and paste of my original blog here on Cinema Treasures.