D & R Theatre

205 South I Street,
Aberdeen, WA 98520

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Before renovation

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Originally opened in 1924 with a seating capacity of 1,500 and closed in 1985. This large theatre has been recently the subject of exterior renovations.

The D & R Theatre had planned to reopen, restored, in May 2008 for live events. However that deadline past, and renovation work continued. It finally reopened on October 17, 2009, but had closed by 2014.

Contributed by Ken Layton

Recent comments (view all 156 comments)

msscarlett47 on April 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I called the theatre last night and there is no mention of the closure on the v/m message. If Mr. Yonich has closed the venue, what arrangements have been made to return ticket monies to purchasers? The information also needs to be posted on the theatre’s website. I sincerely hope something can be done to rescue this treasure.

SteveSwanson on April 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Whatever issues the two sides had, apparently have been solved. They had a Re-Opening on April 13th with a free concert. I, however, have yet to see inside this theater. I drove over 5 hours to spend a birthday weekend in Aberdeen. Sadly, the concert was canceled and the only communication to ticket holders was thru their Facebook page. Management dropped the ball big time. The artist that night, Scot Bruce, said as much to me later. He eventually booked another gig at the 7th Street Theater in nearby Hoquiam.

ron1screen on April 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I understand that some kind of screen has also been installed so it looks like he may also start to show movies along with the concerts. Just what I’ve been told as I havn’t been in Aberdeen for awhile but lets hope all parties concerned can work together to keep this venue open and maybe bring other business into town.

msscarlett47 on April 15, 2013 at 6:35 pm

7th Street in Hoquiam is a beautiful restoration project! My father managed that venue as well as the D & R from 1955-1965. Had an opportunity to tour the 7th Street 2 yrs ago and it was a joy to see what has been done.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm

An illustrated Two page article about the D&R Theatre in Aberdeen appeared in the June 29, 1935, issue of Motion Picture Herald. Plans for the recent remodeling were by architect Bjarne Moe.

ron1screen on October 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Understand Mr. Yonich is going thru bankruptcy. Wonder how this will effect the theatre operation. Hopefully it will remain open. It’s the only bright spot in Aberdeen.

KenLayton on October 2, 2014 at 9:37 am

Here’s the newspaper story about the bankruptcy:


KenLayton on October 14, 2014 at 9:03 pm

The theater website now says “account suspended” on a blank white page. Some friends said the phone number no longer works.

ron1screen on October 15, 2014 at 6:03 am

The last article I read stated that the businesses are going to re-open under new corporate names. With John Yonich as the owner. But it’s all up to the courts.

KenLayton on October 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Website for the theater:


Still says “Account Suspended”.

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