Blue Ox Theatre

600 Franklin Street,
Shelton, WA 98584

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Previous Names: Graham Theatre

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Blue Ox Theater (from parade photo)

Opened on August 24, 1926 as the Graham Theatre. Along the way it became the Blue Ox Theatre. It closed in 1966, and the building was demolished. A Safeway grocery store stands on the site now.

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KenLayton on May 31, 2005 at 4:30 pm

This is the theater that former Skyline Drive-in Theater (Shelton, Wash.) owner Fred Thibodeau operated. He was the last owner of this theater. He tells me that he had so many requests (in 1962) for him to build a drive-in theater that he went out and built the Skyline Drive-in. When it came time to open the drive-in, he closed the Blue Ox and moved all the projection & sound equipment over to the Skyline Drive-in. The Blue Ox was torn down in 1963.

KenLayton on July 9, 2011 at 4:38 am

Walter Graham built this theater and called it the Graham Theater. He also built a theater in Elma, Washington which he also called the Graham Theater (that is now called the Elma Theater).

KenLayton on August 3, 2011 at 6:48 am

Also known as the “New Blue Ox” theater.

KenLayton on August 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Opened August 24, 1926.

KenLayton on May 17, 2020 at 2:54 am

Closed in 1966 I believe.

gregsalo on May 17, 2023 at 3:09 pm

I just added a photo of the Blue Ox Theater marquee.

Shelton Forest Festival Parade
May 22, 1965
See marquee in background.

(Bremerton Sun photo)

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