Kiggins Theatre

1011 Main Street,
Vancouver, WA 98660

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andygregg on December 11, 2017 at 12:04 am


Since my last entry, the Kiggins has flourished as a special feature venue. In addition to first-run Independent flicks, there is a monthly “Noir Night,” frequent live old-time radio performances, private screenings of classic movies, and stand-up comedians. There are also symphonic orchestral offering as well as other features.

Kiggins Theatre is now a National Historical Site. That designation fulfills my life-long objective as a Vancouver native, and professional historian.

So proud of Dan Wyatt, “Captain” of the Kiggins Theatre, and all of his efforts in support of this long-standing monument along Vancouver’s Main Street.

With every best wish,

Andrew Gregg,
Clark County Arts Commission Chairman.

andygregg on March 12, 2014 at 10:07 am

Dear MotoFox,

So, are you suggesting that a parking lot, like the one that currently memorializes The Castle Theater, once Vancouver’s preeminent showplace, is preferable to the Kiggins that must serve beer and wine to survive as a monument to our downtown’s heritage?

Few Vancouverites younger than the age of sixty years even saw the exterior of the Castle Theater. It ceased operating as a movie theater in 1954, and was razed in 1967 to serve as the parking lot at the corner of Evergreen and Broadway you see today.

If single-screen theaters are to survive without government subsidy or non-profit status in 2014, operators must depart from the traditional business models that governed movie houses from the advent of the sound era (1927) and the impact of television (Eisenhower administration.)

Incidentally, establishments serving beer and wine were key components to the commercial success of downtown Vancouver before Prohibition and during the Second World War.

Our Kiggins Theatre was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A parking lot would never enjoy that esteemed place in a city’s heritage district.


Andrew Gregg,
Historic Preservation Chairman
Vancouver, WA

MotoFox on September 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Already been converted to a boozer. I read in the Columbian about a month ago that they’ve filed a “Kick Starter” to put in all-electronic projection and remove its film equipment. It’s always sad to see a classic go by the wayside. I already take a dim view of boozers, but converting a theatre like this to another dime-a-dozen video hall is the ultimate form of blasphemy.

Kiggins, R.I.P.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

A 2011 photo can be seen here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 8, 2012 at 1:05 am

An article by Helen Kent with a few photos of the Kiggins Theatre was published in Boxoffice of November 11, 1936 (additional photo on the subsequent page.) In addition, a view of the theater’s stairwell appeared as the frontispiece of that issue’s Modern Theatre section.

Aodem on March 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Helping with the early part of renovations was a blast… It has turned out beautiful. Thanks Bill for fix'n her up.

andygregg on November 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Delighted to report the The New Kiggins Theatre has been lovigly restored to its genuine 1936 condition. From paint colors to new neon in the marquee, the building’s rennovation was executed by a number of professionals as well as a cadre of skillful volunteers. 35mm classics and digital premiers are featured. In addition, the original smoking lounge has been tricked out to serve food, beer, and wine. The early reception has been wonderful, and downtown Vancouver is coming alive!

homeden on September 6, 2011 at 3:23 am

The theater reopened mid-August 2011 (!) along with helping to host this year’s Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. Check out Kiggins Facebook page if you want to see photos of the remodel in progress. They also have an on-going program of events. Looks like a great community based effort.

KenLayton on July 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

Will they still be running 35mm film projectors?

CSWalczak on March 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm

The current owner (who seems a bit reluctant to be in the theater business) expects have this theatre operating again by August, 2011: View link.

TLSLOEWS on January 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Thats a shame,what a nice marquee and vertical.

CSWalczak on January 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm

An article about the theatre’s closing with a marquee shot: View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Any plans for an Art group to save it,Rawr.

Rawr on January 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Kiggins is currently closed. It has been for several months now.

rivest266 on December 31, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Official website is not working and showtimes for it is nowhere to be found. It is closed?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 15, 2010 at 11:46 pm

There was a quick shot of the marquee and vertical blade in tonight’s Project Runway.

I’d love to see a picture of the auditorium or lobby.

kencmcintyre on September 7, 2007 at 11:32 pm

In the early sixties, the Kiggins was operated by Adamson Theaters out of Vancouver, WA. Other Vancouver theaters in the chain at that time were the Broadway, Renfro Drive-In and Hazeldell Drive-In. Adamson Theaters also ran several theaters in Oregon.

Cami01 on September 14, 2006 at 3:52 am

The Kiggins was designed by the same man who drew up Newberg Oregon’s Cameo theatre. Now that I see a photo of the Kiggins, it shocks me how alike they look on the outside. Soon I will investigate on the interior aspect and report back.

William on May 4, 2006 at 6:21 pm

During the mid 1940’s the Kiggins Theatre was part of the Evergreen State Amusement Corp. chain, which was one of the subsidiaries of Fox Theatres.