Elma Theater

113 N. Fourth Street,
Elma, WA 98541

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Carbon arc lamphouse

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Originally named the Graham Theater which opened October 1, 1927. The Elma Theater, which is the only operating theater for miles, serves as a venue for mostly live stage shows, with an occasional movie. The theater is equipped for stereo sound, operates 20 minute reels with changeover, and has carbon arc lamphouses.

Sadly, damage from recent earthquakes has hurt the Elma Theater, but volunteers are working tirelessly to repair its beautiful workmanship. The building had more live bookings than any other theater in southwest Washington. It was closed in late-2013.

Contributed by Ken Layton

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

KenLayton on July 1, 2005 at 5:04 am

The Elma Theater is a nice theater, but it does need some fixing up and needs to show movies more often. The Lacey Cinemas and Capital Mall Cinemas in Olympia are set to close when Regal Cinemas opens up a brand spanking new 16 plex (all Stadium seating) in August here in Olympia. The South Shore 10 theater is a dump and is in a dump of a mall there in Aberdeen.

ghamilton on July 1, 2005 at 5:55 am

As much as I like Aberdeen(I used to make more $ per sq.ft.there than any other town for my industrial sales efforts),the whole place was a bit seedy and unsophisicated.I had hoped they could market the place for its timber boom past,but no way.There is great potential there still,but money,vision and willing hands are not there.The two theaters there could have had a great part in that untried effort.

ron1screen on September 1, 2005 at 1:35 pm

Having grown up in Aberdeen I have to agree with Mr. Layton that the So Shore 10 and the mall it resides in is a dump. The Elma theater could be a lot more but it is nice that it is open at all. My grandparents lived in Elma and the whole time I was growing up I don’t remember the theater being open. If it was it seemed that everyone went to Olympia or Aberdeen to see movies. Sometimes people don’t know what they have in their own backyards. The old theaters in Aberdeen are a perfect example of this.

KenLayton on June 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

Theater is still temporarily closed.

KenLayton on August 3, 2011 at 10:15 am

Opened October 1, 1927.

KenLayton on February 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Still temporarily closed and the theater has new owners. Previous owner Kingsley Hall passed away in August of 2012.

KenLayton on November 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

The theater website does not appear to work any more. It’s been that way at least three weeks.

KenLayton on March 11, 2014 at 10:52 am

Website no longer works. Theater still closed.

KenLayton on June 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Here’s a picture I found of the theater dated October 22, 2013.


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