Kelso Theater Pub

214 S. Pacific Avenue,
Kelso, WA 98626

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The Kelso Theater was opened by 1931. It was still open in 1957. In recent years it has been renamed Kelso Theater Pub.

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KenLayton on January 15, 2007 at 5:03 am

The food is very good there.

Davidfox on February 3, 2007 at 3:24 pm

The Kelso Theater was built in 1937, replacing a frame theater that had burned. It was locally owned until the mid-40s, when it was sold to Sterling Theaters, which in turn sold to Cineplex Odeon, then Act III and finally Regal. When Act III took over Cineplex they closed the Kelso, which was having trouble competing with a new fourplex in Longview as well as the art-deco Longview Theater (one screen) which got all the blockbusters because it had more seats than the largest room at the fourplex. A couple of discount chains operated the Kelso for a few years but eventually failed. Local investors took over in 1997 and converted it to the Kelso Theater Pub, which offers first-run movies (Regal doesn’t book anything but strictly mainstream fare). The theater is a bit run down but has a loyal following. The owners are trying to raise money to spiff up the front, including a new marquee to replace a damaged one that has been up since the early 1950s.

KenLayton on August 25, 2007 at 9:34 am

I hear that they finally got that mew marquee, but that’s it’s dinky and modern. I haven’t been their to verify it though. on November 17, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Here’s a shot of the building and the new marquee:

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Joe Vogel on July 12, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Kelso had a second theater, called the Liberty, until 1954. The March 20 issue of Boxoffice that year said the house was closing after twenty years of operation, leaving Kelso with only one theater. A drive-in was in the planning stage.

MPol on July 12, 2009 at 10:05 pm

KT Pub looks like a cool theatre! Do they ever play any classic films? Just curious.

TLSLOEWS on July 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I agree MPol looks like my kind of place,nice offical web-site.

Mikeyisirish on October 31, 2013 at 9:08 pm

A few October 2013 photos can be seen here and here.

KenLayton on October 31, 2013 at 10:49 pm

When I was in there in 1999, the projection equipment was Ballantyne Pro 35 projector head, Ballantyne Model 7 soundhead, Ballantyne VIP pedestal, Strong Super Lume-x xenon lamphouse.

davefox on October 19, 2014 at 7:02 pm

The new marquee has been up for several years. Not as impressive as the old one but adequate and works well with the building colors. The Pub was ahead of the local, rundown Regals in installing digital projection.

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