Raymond Theatre

323 3rd Street,
Raymond, WA 98577

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The Raymond Theatre opened on October 11, 1928. As its name implies, is owned by the City of Raymond.

During a renovation in 1996, the theater completely replaced its sound and projection equipment, including the addition of DTS Digital sound, a new screen, and surround speakers. Full handicap access was also added.

Additionally, since the photo at right was taken, the City has installed a replicated vertical sign above the right-hand poster case on the theater’s exterior.

Today the Raymond Theatre hosts a mix of silent and first-run films, as well as live performances.

Contributed by Ken Layton

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atmos
atmos on December 12, 2004 at 2:47 am

This very attractive little theatre is not an atmospheric,not with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.

teecee
teecee on May 17, 2005 at 6:14 am

The original organ is still in use.
History & photos here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 17, 2005 at 6:39 am

The Film Daily Yearbook, 1950 edition gives a seating capacity of the Raymond Theatre as 554.

KenLayton
KenLayton on May 17, 2005 at 7:58 am

Nice little theater that’s well worth a visit. People will like it’s charm. :)

KenLayton
KenLayton on September 6, 2005 at 4:59 am

The new digital sound system is great!

KenLayton
KenLayton on April 14, 2007 at 9:30 pm

Looks like the theater has closed.

kateymac01
kateymac01 on July 31, 2007 at 11:17 pm

This story sounds less gloom and doom …

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However, I can find no follow-ups.

KenLayton
KenLayton on August 1, 2007 at 9:30 am

Theater has reopened.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 11, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Here’s an old photo showing A.G. Basil’s Raymond Theatre. A couple of early streamlined cars indicate a date no earlier than the mid-1930s. In fact, I think the car just this side of the street lamp is a Ford Coupe from 1935, the first year Ford streamlined its cars.

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