Pe Ell Theatre

Pe Ell, WA 98572

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The Ideal Theatre was built by the Pe Ell Masonic Lodge in 1926. The Lodge occupied the upper floor of this three story wood building. The theatre occupied the first and second floors. The Northcoast Theatres chain, located (then) in Seattle, Washington operated this theatre and the Tenino Theatre (Tenino, WA). It was renamed Pe Ell Theatre. Unfortunately, this theatre mysteriously burnt to the ground in 1971.

The theatre was never replaced after it burnt down. There were a total of two theatere in this town over the years. This one and the Pe Ell Tokay Theatre.

Contributed by Ken Layton

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kateymac01 on September 13, 2005 at 1:24 pm

Do you have information on the Pe Ell Tokay?

publichall on May 4, 2007 at 12:08 pm

Here’s more on the Pe Ell Theater from period newspaper articles:
The theater was opened as the Ideal Theater by a man named R.H. Shaffer sometime in the 1910’s. The Masonic lodge purchsed he building in June of 1927 and replaced it with a two story brick building built by W.T. Stapleton of Raymond, WA at a cost of about $16,000. The New 485 seat Ideal theater was on the first floor with lodge rooms above. The theater may have been renamed the Pe Ell theater later on.

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