Audian Theatre

315 East Main Street,
Pullman, WA 99163

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Trolleyguy on November 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Sorry, Ben. Check the Cordova hyperlink for nearby theatres and it comes up closed.

Ben_Ritherdon on November 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Shame. I guess there’s always the Cordova. Trolleyguy, please don’t tell me the Cordova’s closed too.

Trolleyguy on November 25, 2014 at 7:15 am

Appears to be closed. Phone is disconnected and not listed on

Ben_Ritherdon on November 25, 2014 at 6:30 am

This brought back memories of happy times in Pullman. Between them the three single-screen theatres managed to provide something fresh for me and my wife to watch most weeks between 1998 and 2001 (with the occasion trip to the multi-screen in Moscow plus the WSU film society). Sad to hear that the Old Post Office has closed, though I’m not hugely surprised. One diamond memory was going to a midnight showing of Terminator there with the adjoining gun shop putting on a display of the guns used in the film (potentially a classic cultural experience, not to be missed for two wide-eyed Brits). In reality the guns were less 1980s Terminator and more 1914 trench warfare and the theatre put the 4th reel on before the 3rd so we saw the end of the film part way through! Happys days though. When we finally get round to our WA family vacation we’ll be sure to catch a movie at the Audian.

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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