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dirkee commented about Big Bear Drive-In on Apr 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I was never sure if it was called the Three Bears, or The Big Bear, but I saw many movies there growing up on Bainbridge Island.

dirkee commented about Lynwood Theatre on Apr 3, 2005 at 7:08 am

I grew up on Bainbridge Island and had some great times at the Lynwood Theatre as a child. When I was 17 I was lucky enough to be hired as projectionist by Glen and Lucille Nolta. My future wife worked there as a concessionaire. I ended up working there for almost 10 years, becoming a manager after Sam Granato bought it from the Noltas and put in automated projection equipment. My wife Jeri was also a manager for Sam until we moved off the Island in 1986. Tj is still doing a great job keeping the place going!

dirkee commented about Coliseum Theater on Apr 3, 2005 at 3:13 am

I was assistant manager at the Coliseum Theatre for about 6 months in 1987. It was run by Luxury Theatres at the time. It was in pretty sad shape, but you could tell what a grand theatre it used to be. The balconies were closed, but people still would sneak up there once in awhile and we had to chase them out. We ran 3 shows a night and got about 30 people per show on average. We got a lot of drunks and had to wake them up after the show. Not a great era for the old theatre…