Edmonds Theater

415 Main Street,
Edmonds, WA 98020

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Edmonds Theatre

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The Edmonds Theater, located in the picturesque waterfront town of Edmonds, is one of the last independently owned, single screen movie houses in the state.

Built in 1923 and opened as the Princess Theatre it had 250 seats. A local family ran the theater until the late-1960’s, when it was sold to a retired Edmonds dentist, Jacque Mayo. Mayo leased the theater until 1989 when he hired Robert Rine as manager.

Today the Edmunds Theater still retains the original balcony, and 240 new seats and flooring added in 1999 preserve the theater’s historical ambience. The updated sound system and screen easily compete with the modern conveniences of the local multiplex, but the Edmonds Theater is a hands-down winner when it comes to charm and character.

Tickets in 2015 are reasonable: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and children (kids also get a free bag of popcorn with admission). All seats just $6 on Tuesdays, and on Wednesdays offer all you can eat popcorn for just $3.00. The Edmonds Theater offers the lowest first-run prices in the Seattle market.

Contributed by Andrea Miller

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kateymac01 on May 11, 2005 at 11:02 pm

This theater was originally known as the Edgemont.

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droben on October 8, 2005 at 5:04 am

This theater’s name was originally The Princess, which lasted until 1965 when the owners of the Ridgemont in Seattle bought it and changed the name to The Edgemont. They specialized in showing foreign films for several years before new owners purchased it and renamed it The Edmonds.

The Princess/Edgemont/Edmonds was my home-town theater and it’s great to see how wildly popular it is today after 82 years of operation. It’s location is far enough away from the nearest multiplex so that it is its own zone and is able to book popular first-run films at the lower admission prices noted above.

The Edmonds is a must-see for anyone who pines for the days of single-screen small-town theaters.

kencmcintyre on November 28, 2007 at 6:35 pm

I never get the style questions right. Would that fit into any known category?

kencmcintyre on September 14, 2008 at 6:47 pm

Here is a May 2008 photo from wikipedia:

Martineaux on November 9, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Here’s a good shot of 5th & Main, with The Princess Theater showing The Shaggy Dog with Tommy Kirk & Fred MacMurray and the Mating Game with Debbie Reynolds & Tony Randall. Both films were released in 1959. View link

davefox on November 26, 2014 at 4:37 pm

The correct address is 415 Main St. Seating capacity is 240.

paulnelson on November 26, 2014 at 8:28 pm

I saw many films at The Princess Theatre. I believe it had a lovely curtain that was used to open the film. The original lighting is still in use and wall structural columns. The original marquee is long gone and replaced by a very small one and plain signage. I always thought that the auditorium cried out for murals on the walls and nicer ceiling decoration and lighting. A theatre this vintage still in use and now digital is a treasure for the Pacific Northwest. Cheers!

davefox on February 3, 2015 at 1:46 pm

The curtain went away when a CinemaScope screen was installed in the mid-1950s and needed maximum width.

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