Yelm Theatre

202 Yelm Avenue East,
Yelm, WA 98597

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This theater replaced a previous wooden theater building that burned down in the same location. The Yelm Theatre was open by 1950. Closed around 1965 and was converted into a bowling alley and now known as Prairie Lanes bowling.

Contributed by Ken Layton

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KenLayton
KenLayton on July 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm

From Boxoffice magazine July 3, 1954 page 45:

YELM, WASH. — Frank L. Willard’s Yelm Theatre including all the equipment and furnishings will be sold at public auction on Saturday (10) at the county courthouse in Olympia. The new theatre which was opened in September 1952 is being sold to satisy Willard’s debts.

Boxoffice also reported in their August 28, 1954 issue on page 51 that Frank Willard and his wife Blanch were found guilty in Tacoma, Washington of income tax evasion. Thus his Yelm, Washington theater and his Parkland, Washington theater were seized by the government.

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