Montesano Theater

116 Marcy Avenue,
Montesano, WA 98563

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The ticket booth was removed in 1965 when the building was sold to the Odd Fellows. The outline of the ticket booth can still be seen in the concrete. This theater is now used by a church.

Contributed by Ken Layton

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kateymac01 on May 5, 2005 at 3:19 pm

Was this theater also known as Gwynn’s or Amour theater?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 5, 2005 at 3:27 pm

Film Daily Yearbooks 1941 and 1943 list this as the Monte Theatre. In the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. it is the New Monte Theatre.

wilray on October 13, 2007 at 2:21 pm

This theater is now used as a church by Calvary Chapel. Some remodelling has taken place.

kencmcintyre on July 12, 2009 at 1:14 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine in December 1951:

MONTESANO, WASH.-Peter J. Koppinger has sold the New Montesano Theatre to Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Cressler of Seaside, Ore. As part of the deal, the Cresslers have sold the Beacon hotel in Seaside to the Koppingers, who came to Montesano in February 1948, when they bought the Montesano from Irvin Westenkow.

KenLayton on July 3, 2011 at 8:52 am

The Jones Historic Photo collection has a picture of the theater, photo # 7013_1 dated October 1929.$959

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Zoom in all the way on the photo KenLayton linked to, and it looks like there might be a ghost sign on the theater’s side wall. On the other hand, it might just be years of accumulated dirt. I can’t make out any actual letters, but either way, the building was already pretty old in 1929. From the architectural style of the facade, I’d guess that it was built no later than the early 1920s, and more likely sometime in the 1910s, and perhaps even earlier.

If the building dates from as early as 1908, it might be the 400-seat Opera House at Montesano which was included on a list of theaters published in the September 5 issue of The Billboard that year. I haven’t found a theater at Montesano listed in any editions of Julius Cahn’s Theatrical Guide, though.

JackCoursey on August 14, 2016 at 12:33 am

Was in Montesano today and took a look at the building. The building is stunning and looks to be in great shape. Was able to take a peek through the front doors and from what I could see the auditorium seeks pretty much intact as well.

KenLayton on August 14, 2016 at 8:44 am

The building is indeed in pretty good condition. If you go down the side alley, the “stage door” is still there.

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