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 theater 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.

Contributed by Ken Layton

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msscarlett47 on April 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I noticed the same thing when I hit the theatre’s website. There is nothing to indicate that the shows have been cancelled or any information for patrons holding tickets to the shows.

KenLayton on April 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I wonder why he did not try to run movies, at least once in a while?

KenLayton on April 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm

According to newspaper accounts from March 3 through March 7 this year (2013), the theater is closed as well as the other stores/eateries in the building. A wooden wall has been erected around the theater building to keep out bums. One of the stories mentioned workers removing the seats. However, the theater’s website is still showing business as usual and selling tickets to shows.

KenLayton on April 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

From KXRO radio on March 14th:

The Aberdeen City Council heard from many members of the public on both sides of the issue of the closing of the D&R Theatre and what the city can do to help keep businesses in Aberdeen.

The public spoke for over an hour collectively and covered a broad spectrum of issues that they are hoping the city can help with business.

Aberdeen City Councilwoman Kathi Hoder said that the city council was just as surprised about the closing as everyone else was.

ron1screen on April 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm

My understanding about the seat removal is some were removed but no where near all. I think the public speaking out to the city is a very good thing. Aberdeen needs to wake up and realise that their town is not very healthy as far as downtown business and they need to do what ever they can to promote business not drive it away. Including working with owners in reguards to inspections. I remember growing up in Aberdeen and there was a thriving downtown with lots of foot traffic, now it looks like a goast town as the traffic just passes thru. The city needs to contact Mr. Yonich and ask what can they do to get this venue reopened. And then do whatever he requests!!!

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.

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