Comments from SteveSwanson

Showing 1 - 25 of 71 comments

SteveSwanson commented about Dragonfly Cinema on Mar 26, 2014 at 2:56 am

After about ten years of walking by here, while antique shopping. I finally made my way into a movie, Philomena. A charming little theater, playing mostly arthouse & sub-run films. They are still running film here. Seating is maxed out at 72 for the left side & 90 seats on the right. Decent snack bar & VIP memberships (matinee prices for evening shows) They also have pre-show announcements, information about the film and other upcoming movies.

SteveSwanson commented about Charleston Cinema on Mar 25, 2014 at 5:04 am

The Charleston has been here since 2008. All ages music hall, with bar in the back. Open Thursday – Saturday only, cover charge is usually $5. It appears that the screen is still up and they are only using the very front part of the stage.

SteveSwanson commented about Cooke Brothers Drive-In on Mar 13, 2014 at 8:02 pm

I couldn’t find anything about the closing of this drive-in. But I did find something about the opening back in 2012. Riley Cooke runs the Amusement Park drive-in in Montana. It appears that based off some reviews/complaints on their Facebook page, that the good intentions of the Cooke family trying to expand their theater empire and not having good enough management at the Missouri location was a recipe for disaster. Too bad.

SteveSwanson commented about Mooney Drive-In on Feb 7, 2014 at 11:40 pm

The Mooney closed because the owner, Larry Rodkey, did not own the dirt. And the landlord was probably looking for a better deal with a new tenant. Larry also runs 2 other theaters further south in San Luis Obispo & Arroyo Grande. He had troubles finding the right staff to run the Mooney in his abcense.

I think I made about 3 or 4 stops here before it closed.

SteveSwanson commented about Art project displays Eugene movie theater in a whole new light on Feb 5, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Great, one more excuse for checking out this theater.

SteveSwanson commented about Sage Crest Drive-In on Feb 2, 2014 at 1:00 am

I found some more info: the first film was “The Living Desert” from Disney, which puts the opening around 1954. It closed sometime in the 1980’s.

SteveSwanson commented about Rio Theatre on Jan 30, 2014 at 4:53 pm

The Rio suffered some water damage on Dec. 5th 2013, one of the biggest snowstorms to hit the Willamette Valley. The lobby, concession area and bathrooms were all damaged. However, the auditorium and the new digital projector were spared. It appears they have made all the repairs and is open again this Friday Jan. 31st.

SteveSwanson commented about Oceanside Drive-In on Jan 28, 2014 at 3:31 am

Thanks Scott, I guess I didn’t look thru all the DI’s in Oceanside. At least I’ll be able to shoot some new pics of the interior to share.

SteveSwanson commented about Oceanside Drive-In on Jan 27, 2014 at 9:29 pm

There is a drive-in at 3480 Mission Ave. that is now a swap meet. It looks like it has 3 screens, website is I will try and find out more info next month when I’m down there on vacation.

SteveSwanson commented about Auto Vue Drive-In on Jan 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm

The Auto-Vue has found a ‘new’ screen, I believe its from the Park drive-in in Lakeview, WA. Look for them to open for the 2014 season in May. No word on what kind of digital projection for the drive-in.

SteveSwanson commented about On Broadway Theatre on Jan 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm

This theatre has bounced all over Coos Bay thru the years. They are currently a guest of Little Theater On The Bay. The old location across from the Egyptian seems to be vacant, although its nice to see some signage of its former life.

SteveSwanson commented about Port Theater on Jan 19, 2014 at 9:24 pm

While taking a theater tour thru my old hometown, I happened to be in the right place at the right time. The pastor noticed me looking thru the windows and gave me a quick tour. Calvary On The Bay has been at the Port for 8 years. Not much as changed since it became a church, but they are making more improvements this year. Acoustical treatments, more classroom space, tweaking the old snack bar. Thanks to some urban renewal funds, the exterior will be remodeled to resemble what it looked like back in the day as the Port Theater.

As a movie theater, it had 475 seats, now about 450. The booth has been remodeled as classrooms.

SteveSwanson commented about Silver Bow Drive-in on Jan 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

The Silver Bow is about 4 miles south of Butte on I-15. It used to be in Deer Lodge, but was moved because of a new highway coming in. It is family-oriented, no R rated films & they are single feature only. Reasonable prices, but cash only. I’ve been here twice now, it is a pleasant drive-in experience

SteveSwanson commented about Skyline Drive-In on Jan 12, 2014 at 2:18 am

After the Valley 6 closed in Auburn, I thought I would make more visits to the Skyline. However, after my last trip on Labor Day weekend, I remain convinced that the Rodeo (which is about an hour’s drive north) is the best drive-in left in Washington.

What I liked about the Skyline: 2 lines at the box office, with the left lane being cash only, remodeled bathrooms (and they had the space to do it) the digital projector is a big improvement. They also have an Annual Rocky Horror night and other retro films.

The dislikes: it might have been that night only, but the line in the snack bar was super long. They only have one popper and its too small for that kind of crowd, plus it went down that night. I tend to notice more of the smaller details that makes a drive-in unique. Seeing the totem pole out front decay, peeling paint on the snack bar, the glo-tops getting fried when they added the FM transmitter.

I am glad they are still open, and managed to transition from film to digital. But I’ve seen better operations on the West Coast.

SteveSwanson commented about Cinema Latino de Phoenix on Dec 31, 2013 at 10:59 pm

I worked as an usher here in 1988 while going to college. There are/were 2 ramps (from the mall & exterior entrance) that lead down into the center snack bar. Which is circular shaped. And the theaters were split into 2 hallways, 3 on each side. I remember 3 Men & A Baby playing for most of that year, I can still recite the dialogue of the last 5 minutes. We also had midnight movies on the weekends, including Rocky Horror & Heavy Metal. At some point, I was allowed to make popcorn, which was made upstairs in a room next to the booth. We popped about a week’s worth of corn and stored it in plastic trash bags, yumm.

SteveSwanson commented about Admiral Theatre on Dec 19, 2013 at 3:32 am

I’ve had the pleasure of attending a few concerts here. Fantastic acoustics and intimate atmosphere. They have a regular film series each year, which I believe is DVD projection.

SteveSwanson commented about Lindsay Twin Drive-In on Dec 19, 2013 at 12:09 am

Their Facebook page has a picture of the marquee listing May 9, 2014 as the opening day for next season. They are also 80 miles north of Toronto. So, they are dealing with a possible colder climate and defintely later sunsets.

SteveSwanson commented about Motor-Vu Drive-In on Nov 27, 2013 at 1:48 am

Nice family run drive-in. I made my only visit back in 2002. It looks like they have remodeled the snack bar since then, gone the ‘retro’ look. I got the chance to talk to the owner, Howard Coleman. He basically worked his way up in the theater business over 30 years.
The drive-in is right off I-84, but there is enough of a buffer in between, that I didn’t really notice any distractions. The last field to added, #4, has no ramps, so the screen is higher up than normal. Each field has their own booth as well & they are going open the 2014 season with digital pictures.

SteveSwanson commented about Hillcrest Drive-In on Nov 25, 2013 at 3:09 am

I made 4 trips up here in the final years. What a fantastic drive-in, I miss it so much. My first night here in 2000: Where The Heart IS, X-Men & Fight Club ( A Fox program) We had thunder & lightning that night. By the time Fight Club was over at 4:15, only 12 cars were left.

the new Twilight down the road in Aldergrove has the same layout. They seperated the snack bar & booth though, and have had problems keeping the grass ramps maintained. It’s not quite the old Hillcrest, but glad the Daulat family has kept the drive-in tradition going in the lower mainland.

SteveSwanson commented about Hollywood Theatre on Nov 24, 2013 at 12:08 am

It would be a shame for the Hollywood to go out this way. Good luck to the faithful fans to help keep it going. I made 2 visits here, saw a movie in ‘08. Got the grand tour from Vince as well.

SteveSwanson commented about Hood Trail Twin Drive-In on Nov 18, 2013 at 2:47 am

I made at least 2 visits here: For Love Of The Game & The 13th Warrior. Then Viva Rock Vegas & Scream 3. It’s a smaller version of the Starlite drive-in in Roseburg, OR. The box office was right off the side of the building with no signage. I always drove right past it into the field. As of 2010, the city/county paved a cul-de-sac on the field, perhaps to make it more of a business park. And the snack bar roof has been changed, more of a pitched roof.

SteveSwanson commented about North Cedar Drive-In on Nov 12, 2013 at 3:35 am

I made a theater tour thru eastern Washington back in 2002. The North Cedar was one of the last drive-ins standing in Spokane along with the E. Trent, E. Sprague & West End. It was demolished sometime between 2006 & 2009 for housing. It looks like the hillside behind the original screen tower is still there.

SteveSwanson commented about SEEfilm Cinema on Nov 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I made 2 visits in 2012. I was impressed with their approach to the glamour of old Hollywood mixed in with new technology. For the sake of trying it out, I checked out the VIP room which is 21+. It has potential & more comfortable than the other theaters. But the 2.50 upcharge isn’t worth repeat visits. The ‘special’ snack bar items & beer out of a bottle didn’t cut it for me.

SteveSwanson commented about Sunset Auto-Vue on Nov 10, 2013 at 2:02 am

This is a cool drive-in, although in a remote part of the state. The screen blew down in January of 2008. Instead of closing down, they bought a new Selby tower. The snack bar has good food & prices.

SteveSwanson commented about Blue Fox Theatre on Nov 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I have been out to the Auto-Vue drive-in about 5 times in the last 10 years. But never had a chance to see inside of the Blue Fox until my last trip thru Grangeville. It is a very well preserved small town theater, with alot of vintage touches throughout the lobby and auditorium.