Washington Center for the Performing Arts

512 Washington Street SE,
Olympia, WA 98501

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The Liberty Theatre opened on August 30, 1924. By 1941 it was operated by Evergreen State Amusement Corp. The Liberty Theatre was renovated and refurbished in 1948 and was renamed the Olympic Theatre movie house in 1949.

In the early-1980’s the Olympic Theatre was taken down to just a few exterior walls and completely rebuilt as the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. 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 8:18 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 7:13 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 12:43 pm

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.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on July 17, 2016 at 9:48 am

Functions should include: Movies (silent)

KenLayton
KenLayton on July 17, 2016 at 11:29 am

Andy Crow, well-known Pacific Northwest organist who restored the pipe organ in this theater, passed away a few days ago. The pipe organ has been renamed the “Andy Crow Wurlitzer” in his memory. He will receive a posthumous award later in the year for his many years of playing music for silent movies in this and other theaters.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 9, 2017 at 5:10 am

The September 20, 1924, issue of The Moving Picture World gives the opening date of the Liberty Theatre as August 30. The Moore Amusement Company house featured vaudeville and pictures:

“Governor Hart made a speech of welcome at the Olympia opening, and after the show dancing was enjoyed on the stage by out of town guests. The Liberty will house Ackerman and Harris vaudeville and feature pictures. It is under the direction of Jensen & Von Herberg. H. T. Moore is manager of the Moore Amusement Co.”

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