St. Helens Theatre

508 N. Market Boulevard,
Chehalis, WA 98532

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Fox St. Helens Theatre exterior

The St. Helens Theatre was opened May 12, 1924 with Reginald Denny in “Sporting Youth”. It was equipped with a Kimball pipe organ which was opened by organist Kenneth Laughlin. It was closed March 12, 1954 with Richard Todd in “Rob Roy” and “El Alamein”.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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KenLayton on March 18, 2006 at 5:02 am

It was indeed a movie theater. When I showed the movie, “The Chehalis Story” a few months ago the nighttime scenes showed a couple of movie titles on the marquee. I forgot what those movies were though.

AaronNi on January 12, 2008 at 2:59 pm

I had a chance to take some photographs of the St Helens Theater the fall of 2007, the owners stated that the ground floor would be retail space and the second floor would be renovated back to a performance space.

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After a couple minutes the owner said he had things to do and just let him know when I left, I dont think he thought I’d walk through the whole building and find all the old rooms and stairwells that were partially collapsed/filled in with dirt.

kencmcintyre on October 4, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Here is a May 1938 ad from the Chehalis Bee-Nugget:

ColinH on November 3, 2008 at 5:31 pm

This building was originally built as The St. John Garage in the 1910’s. The side walls and roof were kept but the facade was replaced for the theatre It was designed by Hill, Mock & Griffin Architects of Tacoma.

ColinH on November 3, 2008 at 5:38 pm

This is how the theater was going to look originally:

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Don Lewis on March 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm

From 1941 a view of Market Blvd along with the St. Helens theatre in Chehalis.

KenLayton on February 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

I believe the St. Helens Theater closed around 1958 or 1959.

dallasmovietheaters on March 19, 2017 at 9:16 am

The $100,000 St. Helen’s Theatre opened on May 12, 1924 with “The Sporting Youth”. It had a $15,000 Kimball pipe organ and Kenneth Laughlin as the organist. Irwin H. Hill and Ernest Thornton Mock of Hill & Mock of Tacoma were the architects. March 12, 1954 was the final day of operation for the St. Helen’s. It had fulfilled a 30-year lease and with competition from television, a decision of non-renewal was made and the venue was converted for other retail purposes.

KenLayton on March 19, 2017 at 9:03 pm

All of AaronNi’s photobucket links no longer work.

JackCoursey on August 30, 2018 at 10:52 am

The actual address for this building is 508 N. Market Boulevard, Chehalis, WA. The current occupant is the Wedding Show. How much, if any, of the original interior exist is unknown.

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