Dishman Theatre

8722 Sprague Avenue E.,
Spokane, WA 99212

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mountainman11 on July 19, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Where I first became a Projection Operator in 1978. It was showing porn at that time(Playtime Cinemas), Owned by Al Baker who at that time told me he was the founder of the East Trent Drive Inn

Khnemu on April 10, 2015 at 6:26 am

An article from the Spokane Daily Chronicle October 21, 1938:

New Dishman Theater Will Hold Its Formal Public Opening Next Thursday; East Side Community Boasts Only Show in The Valley

Spokane’s theater fraternity has a new member. The Dishman Theater will hold its formal public opening Thursday it was announced today by Mr. and Mrs. J. Collins of Portland, who operate the new house. Located five miles east of the city limits on the Apple Way, it is the only theater in the entire Spokane Valley. The building, of solid concrete exterior, was built by A.T. Dishman, pioneer valley resident and founder of the suburb known as Dishman at a cost of approximately $50,000. It was leased three weeks ago by Mr. and Mrs. Collins who also operate a theater at Vernonia, Ore. They have installed nearly $20,000 worth or equipment including earphones for the hard-of-hearing. The house has indirect lighting and latest ventilating and air-conditioning apparatus. It will seat 516. Four double bills of high-class motion pictures will be offered each week. A pre-opening theater party, strictly invitational, will be held Wednesday evening.

DavidZornig on December 24, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Oh…duh, A.T. Dishman. Guess I should read ALL the past posts first.

DavidZornig on December 24, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Any ideas on the basis for the Dishman name?
Also, it’s funny to see the 1984 photo with the gun store sign on the side of the building. Since the Dishman blade itself actually looks like the barrel of a Glock.

kencmcintyre on December 24, 2009 at 2:14 pm

There is a July 1983 ad here from the Spokesman-Review:

TKHutchinson on May 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Ken mc got the list of Favorite Theatres in Spokane right, but the East Sprague, East Trent, West End, North Cedar were all drive-in theatres.

The Dishman was (as far as I recall) owner operated until the late 1960s, when Favorite gave it a remodel job and turned it into a first run Hollywood big deal cinema. I remember we played Billy Jack there for months (I was occasionally projectionist there at the time).

A new UA twin was built not too far west of the Dishman, and I think around that time Dishman became an X rated house. That was the time when single screens were being phased out in favor of twins or triples. Favorite Theatres was purchased by Sterling Recreation Organization, from Seattle, around this same time.

The Dishman Theatre was unremarkable, a good example of small town theatre construction but plain, and overall a good place to see a movie.

kencmcintyre on March 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Here is a photo, circa late 1970s:

kencmcintyre on October 17, 2007 at 7:40 pm

The 1970 IMPA lists the East Sprague and Dishman Theaters, and says both are in Spokane. The two theaters were part of Favorite Theaters, Inc, and were operated by J.J. Rosenfield. Here are the Favorite theaters at that time, all listed as being in Spokane:
Post, Garland, East Sprague, East Trent, North Cedar, West End, Dishman.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 14, 2005 at 11:29 am

Film Daily Yearbook;1950 edition gives the address of the Dishman Theatre as 8722 East Sprague Avenue, Dishman, WA. Seating capacity 500.