217 First Street,
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You don’t get more family owned than this theatre.
The Clyde Theatre was built in 1937 by Norman and Hazel Clyde. The first movie shown when it opened on September 16, 1937, was “You Can’t Have Everything” starring Don Ameche. The Clyde Theatre sat 250 patrons when it opened.
The Clydes ran the theatre from 1937 until they sold it in February 1972 to Blake Willeford. (Willeford married the Clydes' daughter, Lynn, im 1978 — so the theatre is still in the family!)
Blake Willeford added a stage so the Clyde Theatre could host musical acts and the live theatre productions of the Island Theatre troupe.
The Clyde Theatre underwent an extensive seismic retrofit in 1992. In 2002, the 65-year-old seats were retired, and more comfortable seats with cupholders were installed.
The theatre switched to xenon bulbs from the old carbon-arc power supplies in time for “Amadeus” in 1985. Dolby Digital Sound was added in 2000.
The paint scheme has been changed and updated through the years. The number of seats has gone up and down; it currently seats 256.
The Willefords keep the prices low for both admission and concessions. They try to show the “big” movies as well as indie films; they actually strikes a really good balance.
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