D & R Theatre

205 South I Street,
Aberdeen, WA 98520

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KenLayton on April 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I just saw the story on The Daily World’s website. What a pity. It was a nice theater.

msscarlett47 on April 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I’m saddened by this news; however, it also saddened me that they did not do a true restoration prior to reopening the D & R. Rather they chose to make a “black box” theatre out of one of the most beautiful venues my father ever managed.

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on April 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Evidently the D&R is now closed. The owner has sited to many problems with the city of Aberdeen so he boarded up the front and closed not only the theatre but the ice cream shop and the coffee shop. To bad they had a good thing going…

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on June 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Nice web site. Good to see that they are doing well and bringing in good shows. Was amused that on their web page the “History” of the D&R is a cut and paste of my original blog here on Cinema Treasures.

KenLayton on June 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm

They are doing well. Big name talent has been booked. Bill Cosby is coming in July.

Here is the theater’s official website:


TLSLOEWS on June 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Great new marquee,lots of neon.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Great Pictures,Chuck 1231.

KenLayton on February 26, 2010 at 12:20 am

Well it looks like they will have to pay the admissions tax:

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msscarlett47 on February 12, 2010 at 11:20 am

Returning to Aberdeen in July for AHS reunion; am bringing my son with me and want him to see the D & R and 7th Street theatres. My father managed both theatres from October, 1955 to June, 1965. I remember dancing on the stage at the 7th Street each year at my dance recitals. Both theatres represent the era of the ornate theatres that were prevalent in the early 20’s.

Definitely a far cry from the black boxes we have now; we need to cherish these structures.

KenLayton on February 11, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Well they’ve run into another snag. Seems they have a problem with “Admissions tax”:

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Many cities and towns levy an “admissions tax” on movie theaters and legitimate theaters on tickets sold. The 5 percent figure quoted in the newspaper story is the average rate in Washinton state. Naturally you also must pay sales tax. Taxes have been a normal part of the theater industry for decades.

msscarlett47 on November 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm

My father, E.P. Evans, managed the D & R (stands for Dolan and Reynolds) from 1955-1965 when it was managed by National General Corp. I started working behhind the concession counter when I was 14; my salary was a bag of Hershey’s kisses each month.

I recall the lowering all of the chandeliers twice a year to wash each crystal by hand. I also remember trips with my dad downstairs to check on the theatre’s boiler system. There was a series of “canals” cut into the middle of the basement floor which my dad dubbed the “Aberdeen River”.

KenLayton on November 19, 2009 at 3:13 pm

The D & R Theater finally receives it’s occupany permit.

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KenLayton on October 29, 2009 at 7:29 pm

The theater has hit a snag. Apparently they opened without an Ocupancy Permit and the Fire Department has issues regarding a fire escape. Here’s the link to the newspaper story:

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KenLayton on October 19, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Newspaper report of the opening concert:

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It was a sellout crowd of 1200 people!

KenLayton on October 15, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Great news! The D & R Theatre officially reopens on Saturday october 17, 2009.

Here is a link to the newspaper story from today’s paper:

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I hope in the next several days they do some more coverage with some pictures of the restored interior.

davidblayne on September 4, 2009 at 2:38 pm

The theatre will be open for the Kurt Cobain Memorial Foundation’s benefit concert, LOUNGE ACTS, Saturday, October 17th, 2009.



davidblayne on September 4, 2009 at 2:32 pm

www.myspace.com/dnrtheatre is just being put together. There will also be a facebook page. If you send an e mail to I will make sure it gets to John.

bridgethawk on August 16, 2009 at 3:53 am

Does anyone know if John will be renting the theatre out for special occasions? Is there a contact number for information? I tried to read back through most of the posts, so my appologies if this is repetitive. Thank you.

KenLayton on July 26, 2009 at 7:41 pm

I wish he’d set up a website for the theater and get some interior photos posted.

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on July 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm

At this time there is no projection or sound equipment installed. There is no stage equipment either. These things take time and money. Even though John Yonich is financing this himself there are limits to how much one can spend at one time to complete a project. It will all come together soon. You have to give him credit for doing something that no one else was willing to do, invest in the future of Aberdeen! It will be finished and open, and when it is I think everyone will be amazed.

KenLayton on July 21, 2009 at 11:45 pm

The seats have finally arrived and are being installed now. Here is the link to the newspaper story with an excellent photo of the outside of the theater:

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KenLayton on July 21, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Are the new seats installed in the theater? How about the 35mm projection equipment….is it all installed too?

What’s the hold up on getting the theater open? It should have been open by now I would think.

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on July 9, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Stopped by the theater on 7/7 (tuesday) and checked out the Espresso Bar and the Ice Cream shoppe and found both to be wonderful. Also took a tour of the theater from proj. booth to the stage. What a great theater the place is all painted and the new chandeliers are installed, everything looks great! Better than it has in a very long time, (several decades). This place is simply amazing and I can’t wait for all of it to be open.

Mickey Thurman
Mickey Thurman on July 8, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Here is the most recent article in the local newspaper about the coffee shop and ice cream parlor: View link