Lido Theater

300 S. First Street,
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

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Lido Theater Theater building, Mount Vernon WA - 2011

A two story building in downtown Mount Vernon. It is built of buff brick with concrete spires of a Gothic influence. The building currently houses offices and stores.

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kencmcintyre on March 24, 2007 at 4:57 pm

Old Lido Theater: Site of the elaborate wooden Down’s Opera House, built in 1892, with a huge stage and a gallery for traveling and local entertainment. Now retail stores and offices.

There is a small photo on this page, but the address is given as 520 S. Main:

publichall on April 1, 2007 at 9:11 am

Main Street is one block west of first Street. The picture is of the Mission Theatre built in 1923. The website got the name wrong.

MartinRichard on March 30, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Owned and operated by the Thompson family during the late ‘60s through the early '80s, The Lido Theater was the first theater in the Skagit Valley to install Dolby Sound gear. Seating 435 patrons with additional viewing from the owner’s office upstairs as well, it was a great place to grow up. My father ran the theater from the late '60s until his untimely death in 1975. From then, his father, also a theater man, ran it until it was sold in the early 80’s. I will always remember the very large and thick glass front doors, there were 9 of them I think, and the scary furnace in the basement area under the stage/screen. I had several birthday parties there and was always able to bring grade school class mates on a school field trip until the third grade. The old carbon arc projectors were always a fascination to me. Never did get the chance to actually run a show, but dad alwasy let me through at least one of the “cutover” switches if I was there with him.

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