Almo Theater

18940 Front Street,
Poulsbo, WA 98370

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Ken Williams out front 1981-82

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Unsure when the theater was built. My great aunt owned it in the 30s/40s (Bell Jensen) and it was owned by the Lilquist family after that, until it closed in the 80s. A very small theater with a single, center aisle. There was a little balcony that had a lily pond with fountain in the 70s (unsure if it was original). You had to be 18 to sit in the balcony. The lobby was tiny with restrooms, a small snack bar and the very narrow, steep staircase to the balcony. The exterior had been updated, probably in the 60s, with stone veneer.

After the theater closed, it was renovated for use as a dress shop. The exterior stucco was restored and original second floor windows were opened up. The interior was completely gutted. The building is currently being used as an antique shop.

Contributed by Michael S. Tucker

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Nebbo on December 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

I saw the a showing (first run) of “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” at the ‘mouse house’ back in the day, along with many other shows. My first scary movie (“Alien”) was experienced there. Wish somebody would make it a theater again. Boutique theaters are on the rise. How about an “adults-only” space that serves adult beverages and/or food? I’d go!

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on December 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Nancy… and so would I and that means a trip from Port Orchard. You can also add some of the many past classic films as well as releases that were within the past decade… and those which have been listed as “public domain”.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on December 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm

I forgot to add that I once had 30 professional cinema seats but gave them away. However, I still have a digital projector, audio amplifier with Dolby 5.1 surround sound, two sets of small stage traveler curtains, a big electronic message board, framed classic movie posters and a ton of bric-a-brac cinema goodies.

Hey folks… what are we waiting for?

Arthur on December 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

The Almo Theater (theatre) was built by one J. H. Almos, a local boat builder. Its first sound was phonograph records synchronized (mostly) with the picture. I, and many of my friends (Don Hood, Vernon Herrick, et al, were projectionists when the theater was owned by George B. (Ben) White, Bill Haugen, and then Joe Lilquist. Its structure is still in place but no longer a shop of any kind. I started in the nitrate film days and can still smell the stuff. The whine of the DC generator for the arc lamps, the sputtering of the copper-clad arc rods, the smell of film cement using the Griswold splicer, adding cue marks to make changeovers…. etc. A world long gone. The curtain for the screen was hand-cranked from the ceiling of the projection booth, and many a hat and coat went sailing down the side of the auditorium when the curtains opened and someone had hung their garment on the cable.

KenLayton on December 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm

The Regal “Poulsbo 10” is probably what forced this theater out of business.

waynebeau23 on September 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

The picture (RAIDERS…LOST ARC on the marquee) shows Poulsbo Wash native, the late Ken Williams, out in front of the theatre in 1981-82. This was Ken’s boyhood theatre and he spent many happy hours there.

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