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William French, Jr.
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From: San Francisco, CA
Registered: May 2003


 - posted December 23, 2004 12:24 PM      Profile for William French, Jr.   Email William French, Jr.         Edit/Delete Post 
This is my first posting so please bear with me.

I am wondering if the next time someone heads north of San Francisco on Hwy 101, if they could try to get some interior photos of the Ukiah Theater (100 miles north of San Francisco). I tried this past year and none of them turned out right. I had just puchased a digital camera and the photos came out too dark and fuzzy.

By the way, the Ukiah Theatre was sold a few months ago to Regal Entertainment. The Ukiah Theatre had been owned by Redwood Theatres since it was first conceived (Redwood is part of Signature Theatres). The Ukiah was designed by William B. David in the early 40s but, after talking to a local historian about it' history, it was not completed until the early 50s. It appears to have been a nice 700 seat theatre until it was gutted (the aduitorium at least) in the 70s. Recently it has undergone a major remodeling turning the 2 screens, that replaced the original single screen, it into stadium seating. Only about 5% of the original lobby still survives. Thank God I have photos of the way it originally looked (they are posted on cinematour).

Thanx for reading. Next time I'll try to keep my posts shorter.

Thanx,
William

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Scott D. Neff
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From: San Francisco, CA
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 - posted December 24, 2004 12:14 AM      Profile for Scott D. Neff   Email Scott D. Neff         Edit/Delete Post 
Sadly, Regal is very anti-photographs. But rest assured I always try my best to get photos wherever I go. (as long as my camera is with me, and not on my desk).

I used to drive past the Ukiah Theatre all the time on my way to Willits. I wish I could have gotten good photos, even before the most recent remodel. Never quite got the permission from the right people.

I'd be interested in seeing photos in its original state.

And of the photos you took recently, even if they didn't really come out well, if they're at all salvageable you'd be amazed what Adam can do with Photoshop.

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Roger Katz
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 - posted December 24, 2004 05:17 AM      Profile for Roger Katz   Email Roger Katz         Edit/Delete Post 
"Permission?" What's that?

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Jim Rankin
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From: Milwaukee, WI
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 - posted December 24, 2004 08:49 AM      Profile for Jim Rankin   Email Jim Rankin         Edit/Delete Post 
As someone once said, 'It's much easier to get forgiveness than permission.' And if you have a photo phone, it won't matter if they catch you since the photos will not be with you, assuming the phones take decent photos of so large a subject with dim lighting.

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Eric Hooper
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From: Santa Clara, CA
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 - posted December 24, 2004 09:03 AM      Profile for Eric Hooper   Email Eric Hooper         Edit/Delete Post 
Photo phones... I hadn't even thought about it. Excellent!!! I have been meaning to make it up to The Ukiah for some time now. I've heard though it's nothing like it's original look and design unfortunately.

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Adam Martin
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 - posted December 24, 2004 12:20 PM      Profile for Adam Martin   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Martin         Edit/Delete Post 
My camera phone takes horrible low-light photos. I've ended up in San Francisco without my camera twice now and tried taking night photos of the Castro Theatre with my phone to disappointing results. The camera just can't focus on anything.

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William French, Jr.
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 - posted December 27, 2004 01:31 PM      Profile for William French, Jr.   Email William French, Jr.         Edit/Delete Post 
You can go to http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=3057 to see original photos of the Ukiah. I have the photos on my Mac that I took, but I do my internet stuff on my PC, which is at my Moms. I'll get the photos that I took and place them on my website for you guys to look at. I don't know how long this should take but it should only be a few days.

Thanx,
William

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William French, Jr.
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From: San Francisco, CA
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 - posted December 30, 2004 06:13 PM      Profile for William French, Jr.   Email William French, Jr.         Edit/Delete Post 
I now have the photos up on my site. You can got to them at:
http://www.bestofukiah.com/ukithe.html

If you are able ot help clear up the photos, go ahead, then let me know.

I was there today and it is sad. Whoever the interior designer was has no clue about proper design. A more full description is on my site. The two things that I did forget to mention are that there are no longer video games and the tiny marquees that were above the doors to each screen have been replaced by much cheaper looking ones. This really is a bad remodel for a building that has a lot of potential.

Thanx,
William

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Eric Hooper
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 - posted January 01, 2005 09:04 AM      Profile for Eric Hooper   Email Eric Hooper         Edit/Delete Post 
Great website and pictures! [Smile]

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