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Public hall: I don’t believe this theatre was built in 1928, but perhaps 10 years later. There is a photo here: http://www.jonesphotocollection.com/Obj6758$1091, that refers to it being the opening presentation. There was the Arcade Grand on the corner of 8th & K Streets, built in the early 1900s.
Repost of blog page: http://www.7thstreettheatre.com/blog/
Auditorium ceiling restoration project is underway! Information can be found on the theatre’s news & blog page: http://www.7thstreettheatre.com/blog/, and pictures posted on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/7thstreettheatre/
Here is the most recent article in the local newspaper about the coffee shop and ice cream parlor: View link
The 450 people who attended the movie Some Like it Hot this weekend had the privilege of seeing a digital slide show recapping all of the 7th Street Theatre’s accomplishments in 2008 including the restored marquee, rediscovered original murals, the 997 restored seats, rigging project, photos of events and volunteers, and included a photo of our new digital projector, which we are very proud of. It was a fantastic weekend. This was our first film after being closed for four months for renovation, and everyone who attended walked out smiling. Regarding the type of media, I’ve never seen any other theatres list that in their advertising, and no one asked. However, we are very excited that we will be able to present many more classic films to our patrons, since many are not available on 35MM.
Musicalman: I’m on the board of the 7th Street Theatre Association, the nonprofit organization who owns and manages the 7th Street. I would very much enjoy meeting you sometime and discussing your thoughts. I love that many of the children from are community are literally raised in the 7th Street and continue to value it as they get older. These people are the leaders who will manage it in the future. There is no time like the present to get involved, and I encourage you to contact me via our website or email me directly at mickeytAcademy Theaterthstreettheatre.com I appreciate your input regarding the placement of the sound/lighting booth. You hit the nail on the head regarding its placement. Regarding the sound system installation, I would love to get your input and discuss that with you also. The theatre has more to offer all users of the theatre with an in-house sound system, and I am very pleased with its quality. Users such as the 7th Street Kids, Miss Grays Harbor, and many other performers have been extremely pleased with it, also, along with the fact that they don’t need to haul in their own equipment. It is difficult to get the true picture without knowing all of the facts, and I encourage you to talk to me or one of the other board members.
Cruiser—The sound booth is actually located above the horizontal aisle at the center bottom of the balcony. It fits in very well with the interior and many people don’t even notice it. We have a 40-channel Allen & Heath mixing console. Pictures are available on our website, newsletter, or if you use the email link on our website and ask for pictures, I can email you some. We had a professional sound engineer install the system and we are extremely pleased with it as it works extremely well with the natural acoustics. Regarding musty smells — we keep the heat at a constant 55 degrees and it’s not a problem any longer. The theatre has had a new roof in 2003 and exterior sealing is ongoing, which helps reduce the moisture. Thanks for your input.
This was located where there is now a consignment shop — to the right of the VFW, a few offices down. Check this 1947 photo out in the new Jones Historic Photo Collection: http://www.jonesphotocollection.com/Obj8726$1091