Washington Center for the Performing Arts

512 Washington Street SE,
Olympia, WA 98501

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The Liberty Theater opened on December 31, 1924. By 1941 it was operated by Evergreen State Amusement Corp. 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 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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Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

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 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 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.

Trolleyguy on July 17, 2016 at 6:48 am

Functions should include: Movies (silent)

KenLayton on July 17, 2016 at 8:29 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.

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