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I think this photo is during the remodel. The original drapery and fake box organ grills are still intact. The fins are sitting on top of the seats waiting to be installed on the side walls and the stage area will be cover up in all new drapes.
This was a converted retail store into an adult cinema. There was never any kind of auditorium or seating. Just a hallway with booths and coin operated machines to view the porn. The owner passed away and his family are selling the building.
The Charleston Theatre down the block was a genuine movie house and today it is a live music venue with a bar.
I believe the clause was put in place by Regal, not UA. I would think that if the owners took Regal to court and charged that they (Regal) were in effect conspiring to interfere with the new owners business success and that any competition they would generate would be negligible to a company the size of Regal the agreement could be voided. But of course this would cost a lot of money. Probably a better way would be to set public opinion against Regal thereby forcing them to drop the clause.
Yes I agree. I liked it with the 1940’s Fox decorations.
But I saw it before John Yonich took it over and it was a wreck, one step away from being demolished. So even though the auditorium is now kinda plain and there are no draperies, or murals. It’s saved, and all the decoration can be easily added in the future. It’s just paint and drapes.
And an added bonus is when Mr. Yonich re-furbished the auditorium he put up new drywall with an air space between the new and old walls which act as a form of insulation and vapor barrier so the walls are no longer damp in the winter. The original walls were plaster laid right over the concrete so they were wet and falling apart in places.
At the very least they should put some drapes on the stage.
Thanks, really liked the “History” section. Mostly due to the fact that I wrote the entire thing up to the part where the theatre closed in the 1980’s. I posted all that here on CT and the theatre people cut and pasted it to their web site verbatim. At least a brief history is preserved.
A small credit to me and Cinema Treasures would have been a nice touch. ;–}
Overall the theatre does look nice and its no longer a rundown warehouse awaiting a wrecker.
I believe this theatre has now re-opened again and the status should be changed to “open”.
Reading the comment from 2008 on aspect ratio’s, and have to say that
CinemaScope is 2:35 to 1 while Flat is 1:85 to 1. That said scope is supposed to be much wider than flat. I have seen the use of maskings that make scope smaller. This is due to the lenses the theatre is using and their desire to provide the largest image all the time. Some theatre’s have non-moveable maskings and so the flat image fills the entire screen and scope is either cropped on the sides or full width but shorter in height.
These are incorrect presentation practices. Both flat and scope should fill the screen top to bottom, but flat should have black maskings on the sides while scope should be much wider with the side maskings open.
Unfortunately real showmanship is gone from most Theatres today.
The last article I read stated that the businesses are going to re-open under new corporate names. With John Yonich as the owner. But it’s all up to the courts.
Was in Elma recently and theatre is still closed with nothing going on.
I was a manager at this theater in the mid 1980’s when it was owned by Luxury Theatre’s. 4 screens very plain theatre. This theatre space was offered to Grays Harbor Theatre,s when the mall was built but at that time they had the D&R, Aberdeen, & Harbor Drive-in twin so they declined, feeling that there wasn’t enough business to support 4 more screens on top of the 4 they already had. Luxury came in and put Grays Harbor Theatre’s out of business. Then took over the Aberdeen and Drive-in and allowed the D&R to close. Luxury was very tight with money and maintainence was often deferred on all their properties. Not a happy experience.
Understand Mr. Yonich is going thru bankruptcy. Wonder how this will effect the theatre operation. Hopefully it will remain open. It’s the only bright spot in Aberdeen.
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.