North Bend Theatre

125 Bendigo Boulevard North,
North Bend, WA 98045

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On April 9, 1941, the North Bend Theatre opened its doors with Jay Tew as manager. It was built by Emmet Jackson. Construction was done by William Blaisdell and Herbert Johnson; the interior design was done by W.E. Stoddard.

The original theater had 412 seats.

It has continued operating as an independent movie theater since 1941. Now, under new ownership, the theater has undergone a major renovation. Every part of the building was improved without sacrificing the distinctive character of this Art Deco gem. The theater reopened in December 1999.

For 30 years, the theater was operated by North Bend locals Harry and Helen Trostel. On Oct. 1, 1999, Brian and Karlene Slover purchased the theater to continue operation as a movie house. They closed for a couple months to remodel the building in keeping with the original style. The renovation of the building was extensive — new roof, new air conditioning system, new bathrooms, fresh paint, new windows, new doors, a replica of the original sign, more leg room in the auditorium, new draperies, new projection and sound equipment. You name it, it was done.

The main auditorium now seats 297. A VIP balcony features four leather chairs.

There’s still a crying room, prices are reasonable, they serve espresso drinks; there are speakers in the lobby and the restrooms so you don’t miss a minute of action.

The theater’s website features an entertaining news story from April 1941 about the opening of the theater.

Contributed by Katie Mac

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

RobertR
RobertR on July 19, 2005 at 8:27 am

This is a great looking old place
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 4, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Here is a photo from a few years ago:
http://tinyurl.com/2749b2

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 4, 2008 at 6:01 pm

I think the film is “March of the Penguins”. Probably too long for the marquee.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 3, 2009 at 11:17 pm

A recent article about the theater: View link

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 24, 2010 at 6:10 pm

An article about the North Bend, now almost sixty years old:
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LandonW
LandonW on August 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I have worked at this theatre since fall of 2006 (A little bit after the previous owner passed away and the theatre changed ownership) and it really is just the greatest place. The owner was awarded North Bend’s Citizen of the Year in 2010. The theatre shows a Christmas classics series every year as well as a fall classics series. First runs, independent and aspiring films, mountain films such as the Banff Mountain Film Fest, special needs films, birthday parties, and the occasional video game. There’s a The auditorium currently seats 275 and there is a portable stage. There are also big plans for this big little theatre in the works…

LandonW
LandonW on August 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I have worked at this theatre since fall of 2006 (A little bit after the previous owner passed away and the theatre changed ownership) and it really is just the greatest place. The owner was awarded North Bend’s Citizen of the Year in 2010. The theatre shows a Christmas classics series every year as well as a fall classics series. First runs, independent and aspiring films, mountain films such as the Banff Mountain Film Fest, special needs films, birthday parties, and the occasional video game. There’s a The auditorium currently seats 275 and there is a portable stage. There are also big plans for this big little theatre in the works…

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