Longview Theater

1433 Commerce Avenue,
Longview, WA 98632

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Standing Ovation and Skate Park

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Opened in 1941 with 700 seats in orchestra and balcony levels, it was closed in 1955. It was re-opened in 1970 and the theater was totally renovated in 1996 by Act 3 Theatres of Portland, Oregon. As part of the renovation, new seats, a new screen, new projection system, new digital sound system, and a snack bar were installed.

The theater was closed in the late-2000’s. Later sold and gutted to make the interior a skate park, it also had some use as a rock concert venue. In 2012, it was converted into live theatre use by Stageworks Northwest.

Contributed by Ken Layton, chrissiegrist

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on August 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

Anyone know if the neon has been or will be restored?

bethanypithan
bethanypithan on December 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Hey Everyone, I am the Artistic Director of the theatre. Please check out our Theater Restoration Project in Longview, WA. We need your help to restore the marquee and store front to it’s original 1941 desgin!!! We only have 23 days left! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/944868548/historic-theater-front-and-marquee

bethanypithan
bethanypithan on December 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

We plan to restore the neon also!

KenLayton
KenLayton on December 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I just added a couple of pictures I took of the front of theater in 1999.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on December 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Hey Bethany, I know it doesn’t help right now, but as soon as you get the new marquee up and running, I’d love to photograph your theater and donate the photos to you guys, if it would help in future fundraising. You can check out the kind of photography I do here. As a matter of fact, I called Tin Cusic, I think his name was, and talked to him about that. I’d love to see your theater restored to it’s original glory.

bethanypithan
bethanypithan on December 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm

That would be so cool Mikey! We would appreciate that so much! Your Photography is awesome! Thank you so much for the generous offer!!

bethanypithan
bethanypithan on December 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

We are Restoring the Marquee and store front to it’s Original 1941 design and we have $15,157 We need $25,000 by Jan. 2nd or we don’t get any of the money that was pledged. Please get your tax deductable donation in before midnight and let’s kick this thing up to $25,000 to ring in the new year!! You guys are all so amazing for any help you can give. No amount is too small! Just go to this link. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/944868548/historic-theater-front-and-marquee

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on January 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm

So how did the fundraiser go?

davefox
davefox on October 19, 2014 at 6:54 pm

The new marquee was installed in August 2014, with different colors and neon dressing that compliments the art-deco colors chosen for the facade. The red neon LONGVIEW blinks on and off, and LCD twinkling border lights have replaced the original incandescent bulbs.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm

davefox: Click on the “Photos” button above the photo currently displayed on this page. On the page it fetches, click on the “Add New Photo” button at the bottom of the page. On the page that fetches click on the “Choose” button and then select the file you want to upload from its folder in your computer. When you select the photo’s file name you should see the file name appear in the box adjacent to the “Choose” button. You may add a title and description for your photo, but that is optional. Select the license you want to publish under from the drop-down menu, then click the “Upload Photo” button. Repeat the process for each photo you want to upload.

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