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Re-opening Grandview Theatre in Columbus, OH 27 Oct 2008 22:49 #30211

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The Grandview Theatre originally opened in 1926, but has operated as the Drexel Grandview for the past 15 years or so.

The exhibitor running the Drexel Grandview shut down at the end of September. I'm about to sign a lease on it and re-open under its original name. We'll keep the programming much as it was while it was a Drexel, though perhaps even more off the indie/foreign beaten track.

Over the past few years, the theatre has gotten, well, to be frank, shabby. I describe is as porn house chic. You know the look, incredibly dim lighting (to hide the mess), fallen plaster, stained carpets, etc.

And the equipment is a mess and is worth substantially less than what the previous operator wants for it. Parts of the projector (Simplex 35) were literally kept in place by twist ties -- including the film gate cover casting. No wonder the picture always bobbed and weaved like a drunken sailor. The pressure pad runner is visibly unevenly worn because of the looseness of the gate.

So, I'll be on the prowl for new(er) equipment. I can rebuild the Simplex, but I'll need to add another projector to be able to book archive prints.

And movie dialog is, in many instance, unintelligible. I'll have to get that worked, as it is THE number one complaint I've heard over the years from friends.

Lots of interior renovation to do as well. I hope to start regular programming in January. Credit agreements are rolling in this week, so I'm pretty excited.

David
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Re:Re-opening Grandview Theatre in Columbus, OH 27 Oct 2008 22:56 #30213

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Get that sound A & B chained. Did this theater have red LED reverse scan kits in the soundhead? Is it possible oil has leaked into it? Check your stage speakers for blown drivers.
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Re:Re-opening Grandview Theatre in Columbus, OH 27 Oct 2008 23:11 #30214

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The reader is an SH-1000, original configuration. Can these even be retro-fitted for LED? As for the oil leak, that's possible as the is clear evidence of either leaking or spilled oil. Of course, it could just be crap occluding the exciter lamp. The projector is full of dirt, film bits, etc.

The speakers are some of the first things I'm going to look at. I should be getting access in the next day or so, and I should then be able to get a better idea of where things stand.

Thanks for the tips,

David
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Re:Re-opening Grandview Theatre in Columbus, OH 28 Oct 2008 01:13 #30216

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Yes, you can get a red LED reverse scan retrofit kit for that model. Component Engineering and Kelmar Systems have the kits.

What brand/model of audio processor is in the sound rack now? Dolby, Ultra Stereo, Smart, etc?
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Re:Re-opening Grandview Theatre in Columbus, OH 28 Oct 2008 08:00 #30217

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It's an Ultra Stereo JS-10F195, Ultra Stereo 6-channel monitor, QSC 1400 amplifiers.
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