D & R Theatre

205 South I Street,
Aberdeen, WA 98520

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msscarlett47
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.

ron1screen
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.

SteveSwanson
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.

msscarlett47
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.

ron1screen
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!!!

KenLayton
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.

KenLayton
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
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?

msscarlett47
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.

ron1screen
ron1screen on April 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Interesting that the theatre’s web page is still up and running and has several shows listed as upcomming with tickets for sale. So maybe there’s more to come and this closure is just temporary. Who knows..

ron1screen
ron1screen on April 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I agree, even when I worked there in the 1980’s at the end of its run as a movie theatre it still has a faded elegance about it. My favorite theatre! I understand the owner has no plans to try and sell the theatre. It’s just going to sit boarded up for now. Shame.

KenLayton
KenLayton on April 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I just saw the story on The Daily World’s website. What a pity. It was a nice theater.

msscarlett47
msscarlett47 on April 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I’m saddened by this news; however, it also saddened me that they did not do a true restoration prior to reopening the D & R. Rather they chose to make a “black box” theatre out of one of the most beautiful venues my father ever managed.

ron1screen
ron1screen on April 8, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Evidently the D&R is now closed. The owner has sited to many problems with the city of Aberdeen so he boarded up the front and closed not only the theatre but the ice cream shop and the coffee shop. To bad they had a good thing going…

ron1screen
ron1screen on June 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Nice web site. Good to see that they are doing well and bringing in good shows. Was amused that on their web page the “History” of the D&R is a cut and paste of my original blog here on Cinema Treasures.

KenLayton
KenLayton on June 8, 2011 at 9:54 am

They are doing well. Big name talent has been booked. Bill Cosby is coming in July.

Here is the theater’s official website:

http://dandrtheatre.com/

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Great new marquee,lots of neon.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Great Pictures,Chuck 1231.

KenLayton
KenLayton on February 25, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Well it looks like they will have to pay the admissions tax:

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msscarlett47
msscarlett47 on February 12, 2010 at 8:20 am

Returning to Aberdeen in July for AHS reunion; am bringing my son with me and want him to see the D & R and 7th Street theatres. My father managed both theatres from October, 1955 to June, 1965. I remember dancing on the stage at the 7th Street each year at my dance recitals. Both theatres represent the era of the ornate theatres that were prevalent in the early 20’s.

Definitely a far cry from the black boxes we have now; we need to cherish these structures.

KenLayton
KenLayton on February 11, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Well they’ve run into another snag. Seems they have a problem with “Admissions tax”:

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Many cities and towns levy an “admissions tax” on movie theaters and legitimate theaters on tickets sold. The 5 percent figure quoted in the newspaper story is the average rate in Washinton state. Naturally you also must pay sales tax. Taxes have been a normal part of the theater industry for decades.

msscarlett47
msscarlett47 on November 27, 2009 at 11:04 am

My father, E.P. Evans, managed the D & R (stands for Dolan and Reynolds) from 1955-1965 when it was managed by National General Corp. I started working behhind the concession counter when I was 14; my salary was a bag of Hershey’s kisses each month.

I recall the lowering all of the chandeliers twice a year to wash each crystal by hand. I also remember trips with my dad downstairs to check on the theatre’s boiler system. There was a series of “canals” cut into the middle of the basement floor which my dad dubbed the “Aberdeen River”.

KenLayton
KenLayton on November 19, 2009 at 12:13 pm

The D & R Theater finally receives it’s occupany permit.

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KenLayton
KenLayton on October 29, 2009 at 4:29 pm

The theater has hit a snag. Apparently they opened without an Ocupancy Permit and the Fire Department has issues regarding a fire escape. Here’s the link to the newspaper story:

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KenLayton
KenLayton on October 19, 2009 at 11:44 am

Newspaper report of the opening concert:

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It was a sellout crowd of 1200 people!