Tenino Theatre

297 Sussex Avenue West,
Tenino, WA 98589

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tenalquot
tenalquot on September 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

New here!

My family moved to Tenino in the early 1970s- the theater was there then, but closed. My recollection is it was on the north side of Sussex St and razed in the early 1970s. There is a metal building on the site now.

KenLayton
KenLayton on August 3, 2011 at 9:57 am

More history I have discovered about this theater. It had opened and closed several times over the years as well as had several name changes.

Opened in 1915 as the Circuit Theater and closed in 1916. Mr. T.J. McClellan was the manager at that time.

Reopened in 1917 as the Lotus Theater and closed again in 1921. Managers during this time were R.J. Charles, Wren Scott, and R.S. Bowen.

Reopened in 1923 as the Liberty Theater. Manager was R. L. Bowen at the time.

In 1936 the theater was remodeled and the name was changed to the Tenino Theater. In closed around 1961.

KenLayton
KenLayton on May 31, 2005 at 8:38 am

The original glass block and awning of the theater is still there. Go to the side street where the theater ’s original entrance was and you’ll see it. My late friend, Tex Taylor, got his first projectionist job from the projection union at this theater when he worked there in 1952.