Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts

1225-31 Vandercook Way,
Longview, WA 98632

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The Columbia Theatre was originally opened as a vaudeville and silent film house in 1925. It continued as a movie theater for many years, and was actually scheduled to be torn down in 1980. However, it was saved and renovated to become a live performance venue.

The Columbia Theatre is a beautiful reminder of Longview’s history and serves as a center for the performing arts.

Contributed by Kristin Knutson

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KenLayton
KenLayton on March 24, 2004 at 4:56 pm

Theater is located at 1225-31 Vandercook Way, Longview, Wash. 98632-4001 and the phone number is 360-423-1011.

Gundark
Gundark on April 9, 2014 at 2:59 am

Back in the early 1990s, they had a special event to re-open this theater. I went with a friend. They did some live vaudeville acts, and then showed the 1925 silent file “The Phantom of the Opera” with Lon Chaney. The film was accompanied live by an organist and a few other instruments.

It’s a really beautiful theater. The company that was responsible for the renovation has a nice photo of the interior.

KenLayton
KenLayton on April 11, 2014 at 7:01 pm

At one time this was operated by Tom Moyer’s Luxury Theatres.

davefox
davefox on October 20, 2014 at 1:52 am

The Columbia was never a Moyer theater. The local owner sold to Sterling (SRO) after WWII. SRO sold it to the City of Longview in 1983. The city leases it to the nonprofit Columbia Theater Association for the Performing Arts.

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