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 was the only operating theater for miles, served as a venue for mostly live stage shows, with an occasional movie. The theater was equipped for stereo sound, operated 20 minute reels with changeover, and hah carbon arc lamphouses.

Sadly, damage from recent earthquakes hurt the Elma Theater, but volunteers were for a while 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

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KenLayton
KenLayton on August 3, 2011 at 10:15 am

Opened October 1, 1927.

KenLayton
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
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
KenLayton on March 11, 2014 at 10:52 am

Website no longer works. Theater still closed.

KenLayton
KenLayton on June 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm

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

https://www.flickr.com/photos/chiski/11426652065/in/photostream/

ron1screen
ron1screen on October 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Was in Elma recently and theatre is still closed with nothing going on.

KenLayton
KenLayton on October 2, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Was the theater still boarded up?

Silkpainter
Silkpainter on March 24, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Are there any plans to restore and reopen the theater? I will be moving to Elma in the future and would love to work on the restoration. What is needed to proceed? If money is the main thing that is lacking, has anyone considered using GoFundMe? Even though the residents of Elma may not be able to finance the restoration, that doesn’t matter because GoFundMe draws from the internet. Who knows? There just may be enough interest to get the job done!

KenLayton
KenLayton on March 25, 2015 at 10:04 am

Nobody has heard anything about it. Still closed and boarded up. Even the E-L-M-A letters are gone from the sign.

KenLayton
KenLayton on May 31, 2015 at 9:37 am

Google is now listing this theater as permanently closed. :(

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