Polaris Theatre

822 Bay Street,
Port Orchard, WA 98366

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Functions: Movies (Classic)

Previous Names: Community Theatre, D & R Theatre, Plaza Twin Cinema, Historic Orchard Theatre, Dragonfly Cinema

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 360.895.0564

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News About This Theater

Dragonfly Cinema's Opening Weekend - 2011 May 27-29

The Community Theatre was opened in 1924 by the Knights of Pythias, who met upstairs, and rented out the theatre downstairs. It later became the D & R Theatre. After closing from 1962, it reopened on April 11, 1980, twinned, as the Plaza Twin Cinema. Closed on April 28, 2005, it was reopened by Jeff Brein and his Far Away Productions movie operator company as the Historic Orchard Theater in 2007.

Nice little downtown theatre on the main drag. The top floor of the theatre has a completely renovated banquet/reception hall with ADA accessibility that can be used for rentals like wedding receptions or public meetings. The Historic Orchard Theatre was closed on December 30, 2010.

It re-opened in May 2011. In late-2021 it was renamed Polaris Theatre.

Contributed by Ken Layton

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

KenLayton on February 20, 2008 at 5:12 pm

It’s interesting to read the comments on that November 2007 newspaper story, especially the last one.

KenLayton on August 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm

The oasiscinemas.com is now retired and changed to www.farawayentertainment.com

They just took over the Admiral Twin Theater in west Seattle too.

CSWalczak on January 1, 2011 at 1:06 am

Far Away Entertainment closed this theater on Dec. 30, 2010: View link

Ronaldo on May 5, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Good News for Port Orchard fans of film!

The theater is reopening under new management. See their new and evolving website at http://dragonflycinema.com/

There was a town hall gathering of interested patrons on May 1st which brought out about 80 folks to discuss the future of the theater with its new owner. There is an Kitsap Sun article on that meeting here: http://bit.ly/l30foX

Ronaldo on May 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm

This is the Big Weekend for movie fans in Port Orchard! DRAGONFLY CINEMA reopens today. Me and my lady are looking forward to seeing “WIN WIN” with Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale. The other screen our friend Simon will be watching has “The Holy Grail”. Good start in bookings.

For the time being Dragonfly will operate FRI, SAT, SUN only with matinees on SAT & SUN. If you are in the area come on in and see what a good new owner and a couple dozen volunteers managed in the way of making this all theatre shine again.

SteveSwanson on March 26, 2014 at 2:56 am

After about ten years of walking by here, while antique shopping. I finally made my way into a movie, Philomena. A charming little theater, playing mostly arthouse & sub-run films. They are still running film here. Seating is maxed out at 72 for the left side & 90 seats on the right. Decent snack bar & VIP memberships (matinee prices for evening shows) They also have pre-show announcements, information about the film and other upcoming movies.

DavidZornig on February 9, 2020 at 4:33 am

1942 photo as D&R Theatre added credit Puget Sound History Facebook page.

JackCoursey on July 4, 2021 at 7:01 am

Any photos of the interior before it was split into two screens?

JackCoursey on November 18, 2021 at 6:40 am

The building is now the Polaris Theatre. A massive project is underway to restore it back to it’s original configuration of a single screen venue which also can host live events.

rivest266 on October 15, 2022 at 7:07 pm

Reopened as the Plaza Twin Cinema on April 11th, 1980. Grand opening ad posted.

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