Audian Theatre

315 East Main Street,
Pullman, WA 99163

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Pullman, by Robert Luedeking and the Whitman County Historical Society (Google Books preview) says that the Audian Theatre had previously been called the Grand Theatre. There’s a photo of the Grand from about 1920, and the building is quite recognizable from the terra cotta cornice and parapet trim it still sports.

The 1936 reconstruction of the Audian, which was nearing completion in late summer, according to the September 12 issue of The Film Daily that year, was apparently confined to the auditorium and the interior of the building. I haven’t found any early mentions of the Grand Theatre in trade publications, but it was being advertised in the Pullman Herald in 1916.

A 350-seat house for movies and live events called the Pullman Theatre opened in December, 1913. I haven’t found the Pullman Theatre mentioned in the Herald later than 1915, about a year before the earliest mentions of the Grand Theatre. It’s possible that the Pullman Theatre became the Grand Theatre.

kencmcintyre on December 24, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Here is a photo circa 2004 by Seth Gaines:

teecee on April 26, 2005 at 10:24 am

Photo (“X” out of the print screen):
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