Washington Center for the Performing Arts

512 Washington Street SE,
Olympia, WA 98501

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On December 31, 1924 the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, Washington opened as the Liberty Theater. The Liberty Theater was renovated and refurbished in 1948 and was renamed the Olympic Theater movie house in 1949.

In the early 1980’s the Olympic Theater was taken down to just a few exterior walls and completely rebuilt as the Washington Center. While the building’s facade still retains elements of the 1924 architecture, the interior is contemporary and modern.

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KenLayton
KenLayton on September 6, 2005 at 5:18 am

They took the old theater down to PART of one wall to classify as a remodel. This was so the City of Olympia (as operators of this building) would not have to meet their own parking regulations!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 24, 2007 at 4:13 pm

The exterior is rather plain. I didn’t realize that this was a former theater when I saw it today.

KenLayton
KenLayton on August 6, 2013 at 9:43 am

The theater is in the middle of a 4 million dollar facelift and remodeling. It will also get a marquee for the first time in it’s life. I will get pictures when the project is done in a few months.

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