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10 years ago 1997

The Snohomish County Council postponed the public vote on the countys adult entertainment ordinance, removing it from Februarys election, the Council announced. Februarys election will not include a vote to repeal the countys adult entertainment ordinance because an expected state Supreme Court ruling could mean part of the ordinance is unconstitutional anyway, and the election would cost between $400,000 and $500,000 of taxpayer money, according to the Dec. 29 announcement. Attorney Gilbert Levy, who represents the initial proponent of the petition to repeal the ordinance, requested the Council delay the vote because a state Supreme Court decision challenging a similar ordinance by the city of Bellevue is expected soon. The outcome of that decision could invalidate significant portions of the Snohomish County ordinance and make it unnecessary to seek a repeal of the ordinance, Levy said in a letter to the Council. Levy was the appellants counsel in the matter argued before the state Supreme Court in May 1996. A ruling is expected this month. The Council adopted the ordinance in June 1996, which regulates adult entertainment venues, entertainers and managers. The ordinance changes the space between dancers and patrons from six inches to four feet. At public hearings before the Council adopted the ordinance, Levy stated that placing regulations on exotic dancing is infringing on the dancers art form; its like telling painters they cant use certain colors, he said. Opponents of the new ordinance began circulating petitions in August 1996 to vote on repealing the new laws. In mid-December, the county auditors office verified 11,710 signatures, enough to place it on the ballot. More than 19,000 signatures accompanied the petition. Since then, 36 petition signers have requested their names be removed from the petitions because they said it was presented to them as for adult entertainment regulations, not against. The County Council has the right to call for a special countywide election regarding the appeal of the ordinance, said Deputy Chief Joan Hammond.

25 years ago 1982

For more than 20 years Marysville residents wanting to see a movie at an indoor theater have had to drive to nearby cities. With the cost of gasoline, a relatively inexpensive evening soon turns into a major investment. But not anymore. Beginning Friday moviegoers can take a $5 bill, see a movie, eat some popcorn and have a cola, and come home with some change rattling in their pockets. Marysville Twin Cinema, the citys newest and first indoor movie theater since 1960, will premier it first two movies this Friday night. Located at 4159 76th St. NE, the theater is the result of three developers hard work and planning. Don Mulligan, one of the developers, cited need as the main force behind the Marysville theater. Following an investigation of the theater market this summer, Mulligan found Marysville was a high priority area for an indoor theater. He also said Marysville youth indicated a need to Mayor Daryl Brennick when he spoke to a night-grade class at Marysville Junior High School. Those students had an overwhelming influence in the idea of this theater, Mulligan said, referring to 45 percent of students in Jack Parcells class who indicated such a need. The majority of your paying customers are the teenagers, Mulligan noted. The biggest group is the 13-18 year olds and the second is the 18-25 year olds. Where does a young person go for entertainment? Gas has gone sky high. To get to a movie youre driving 15 miles to Everett Mall. Thats a long drive. Mulligan feels the theaters central location will not only save resident gas, but will be convenient as well. He noted Community Transit buses are routed by the theater. The three developers, Mulligan, his brother, Jim Mulligan, and Jerry Paulsen, plan to give Marysville a quality building with good, current movies at competitive prices. And Mulligan said there will be a lot of flexibility during the first few months of the theaters opening, while the three of them determine what the people want. Were going to be flexible, Mulligan said. We dont know what the needs are. We have a lot of senior citizens and teenagers. We will have to play it by ear. But we are going to have current movies and theyre going to be good movies. Marysville Twin Cinema is independently owned, having no affiliation with large theater organizations. Because of this and the theaters small size, Mulligan said the probably would not receive first run movies. However, he said only five cities in the state receive first run movies and even Everett has to wait. You may have to wait for weeks after youve first seen them advertised, but by and large well get all the movies. We wont have them when they make their debuts but we will advertise what well have in the coming weeks. So everyone will know. Between the theaters two auditoriums, there will be seating for 412 people, plus four handicapped spaces for wheelchairs in each. Restroom facilities are available on both sides of the theater and a central concession stand will be able to handle patrons on both sides. Mulligan points out the unique qualities that set the theater apart from other area ones. The ample room between the seats allows people to get in and out of the aisles without making others stand up for them. And the lighting along the floor makes finding a seat easier in the dark. In addition to the handicapped spaces, which is a new idea to most theaters, the Marysville Twin Cinema will provide headsets for those who are hard of hearing. The 14-by-23 screen will serve dual purposes. A technique called masking will allow the traditional flat projection, as well as making it possible for cinemascopic use for such movies as Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Mulligan explained the use of drapes and quality insulation will make the auditoriums virtually soundproof. He said future plans include installing a special system to provide stereophonic sound all around the auditorium. People are going to go to a theater basically for two things, a good quality picture and the acoustics. Third and just as important is the comfortable seating. I think we have it all. The projection system is very automated, requiring little maintenance. Mulligan explained the equipment is some of the most modern on the market. Film can be spliced together easily and quickly and no rewinding is necessary. The lenses out of Germany will provide greater focus and clarity on the screen, Mulligan said.

50 years ago 1957

Jack Otto returned from a meeting in Seattle with government engineers Monday evening with word that the wishes of Marysville people, in opposition to a large ammunition depot here, will be observed. The Navy will not bring its Port Chicago, Calif., installation to Marysville. Otto, who represented the Marysville Chamber of Commerce in this matter, expressed keen appreciation of the response of local resident to his appeal for an expression of opinion. He also thanked The Globe for its part in bringing out such an expression. Fifty letters, some carrying more than one signature, were received by The Globe. Otto had a large number in his own mailbox, and numerous residents contacted him personally or spoke to director and other officers of the chamber. The executive committee of the Chamber of Commerce met Monday at noon and drafted a report coordinating the opposition of the community to the ammunition facility.

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