D & R Theatre

205 South I Street,
Aberdeen, WA 98520

Unfavorite 4 people favorited this theater

Showing 1 - 25 of 156 comments

KenLayton on October 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Website for the theater:


Still says “Account Suspended”.

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 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.

KenLayton on October 2, 2014 at 9:37 am

Here’s the newspaper story about the bankruptcy:


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.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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:


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 on February 25, 2010 at 9:20 pm

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

View link