D & R Theatre

205 South I Street,
Aberdeen, WA 98520

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ghamilton on July 4, 2009 at 8:58 am

Why no official news about this place??

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on July 3, 2009 at 2:11 am

Received a call today and was informed that the Coffee shop and Ice Cream parlor are now open. Good news for the theater.

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on June 5, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Went by the theatre on 6/02 and everything looks like it is ready to open any time. The Ice Cream shop appears finished as well as the Backstage espresso. Also the newly installed front doors and lighting is very nice. This place looks better than it has in a very long time. (Including when it was open as a regular movie house!). I wish John Yonich and his crew the best.

KenLayton on June 2, 2009 at 1:45 am

Theater is still not open and there is no website.

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on March 21, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Is the coffee shop opened yet? I understand work on the theater is ongoing.

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on February 13, 2009 at 2:23 pm

The photo comparison just shows what can be done with some imagination and money. Although the D&R is being financed by one person any community can achieve the same thing with any historic theater or building by getting together, raising funds, getting grants, etc. Neglect and demolition are not the only answers to older unused buildings.

vodvillian on February 1, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Here’s a link to a photo of the new marquee in question:


vodvillian on February 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Sign maker files complaint

By Steven Friederich – The Daily World

Saturday, January 31, 2009 12:56 AM PST

The sign company that built and installed the classic looking marquee on the D&R Theatre in downtown Aberdeen is suing the theater owner, saying it hasn’t received complete payment.

The theater owner, John Yonich, paid the sign company, Phoenix Sign of Montesano, a flat $60,000. But the company says that wasn’t the full cost. Last month, the sign company owner filed a legal action in Grays Harbor Superior Court to try and collect an additional $12,885, plus interest.

The neon sign mirrors the original marquee that graced the building back in the 1920s. It runs 90 feet in length and shines with row upon row of lights. It was installed in December of 2007 in a grand lighting celebration that spilled onto the streets of Downtown Aberdeen.

Company owner Faron Lash filed notice with the Grays Harbor Auditor’s Office on the D&R property in June, claiming he was owed money.

Company officials told The Daily World at the time that they were even considering taking the sign back if the payment wasn’t made.

Last month, attorneys at the Aberdeen law firm of Ingram, Zelasko & Goodwin filed a complaint in Grays Harbor Superior Court on behalf of Lash.

“Despite repeated demand, defendants have failed and refused to pay plaintiff the sums due and owing,” attorney Dennis Colwell wrote.

Phoenix Sign Co. officials told The Daily World they wanted to let the complaint stand for itself.

“We’ve had quite a bit of work that we have had to (have) redone,” Yonich said in an e-mail on Friday. “We’ll try to get this settled out of court. I want to pay them whatever is fair.”

KenLayton on January 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Any more updates? When is the theater going to open/ Has it got a website yet? Any interior pictures yet? Did the new seats get installed?

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on November 14, 2008 at 6:10 pm

My understanding is the coffee shop in the front is about ready to open.

KenLayton on November 13, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Any updates? When will it open? Is there a website?

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on September 10, 2008 at 11:52 pm

Took some time today and did a walk thru of the theater and work is coming along. The new front doors have arrived and are awaiting installation and the new chandeliers are also here but not installed yet. It’s going to be grand when finished.

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on August 17, 2008 at 7:12 pm

I just was told that the work has resumed on the theater and any issues have been resolved. This is good news it will be nice to get the front busineses open. “I” street hasn’t had any activity on that block for a long time. The theater front looks so good that to be able to actually go in and patronize the business is great!

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on July 17, 2008 at 1:47 pm

I havn’t heard anything in a long time, work seems to be at a stand still. What they have done is beautiful but nothing is finished. They were to be opened by now, (at least the front portion) but now the time table is anybody’s guess. The latest newspaper story sounds like trouble in paradise with John and Tom locked in legal battles.

KenLayton on July 16, 2008 at 12:11 am

Any target opening date yet?

Has the theater finally got a website yet?

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on May 30, 2008 at 11:27 pm

While driving by I saw that the plywood had been removed from the front and the theater looks great. Hopefully the shops will open soon.

KenLayton on April 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Here’s the latest newspaper story about the theater:

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lauriepatterson on April 16, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Hey does any one know if the Harbor Arts Foundation is still up and running and still apart of the D&R theater?? They havent posted any thing new on there web site for a while now. Also is the Harbor Arts Academy still planning on being apart of the D&R too??

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on March 6, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Just had the pleasure to tour the theatre, and I must say it looks incredible! Aberdeen is going to have a fist class entertainment venue when this place re-opens in mid-year. Although I have had the good fortune to tour the place several times since the renovations started I am always amazed at the beauty of the D&R. Another treasure has been saved from oblivion.

kencmcintyre on January 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Here is an update from the Daily World:

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on December 28, 2007 at 1:54 am

Great photo’s from everyone, This new sign is amazing!!!

joecurrier on December 27, 2007 at 8:44 am

awesome pic ,DJ. its pretty cool.

KenLayton on December 23, 2007 at 1:59 am

Here’s a link to the story and pictures of the new marquee all lit up:

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