Longview Theatre

1433 Commerce Avenue,
Longview, WA 98632

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rivest266 on July 26, 2019 at 6:01 pm

Reopened on November 26th, 1970. Grand opening ad posted.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 11, 2014 at 10:22 pm

davefox: Click on the “Photos” button above the photo currently displayed on this page. On the page it fetches, click on the “Add New Photo” button at the bottom of the page. On the page that fetches click on the “Choose” button and then select the file you want to upload from its folder in your computer. When you select the photo’s file name you should see the file name appear in the box adjacent to the “Choose” button. You may add a title and description for your photo, but that is optional. Select the license you want to publish under from the drop-down menu, then click the “Upload Photo” button. Repeat the process for each photo you want to upload.

davefox on October 19, 2014 at 9:54 pm

The new marquee was installed in August 2014, with different colors and neon dressing that compliments the art-deco colors chosen for the facade. The red neon LONGVIEW blinks on and off, and LCD twinkling border lights have replaced the original incandescent bulbs.

Mikeyisirish on January 29, 2013 at 10:07 pm

So how did the fundraiser go?

bethanypithan on December 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm

We are Restoring the Marquee and store front to it’s Original 1941 design and we have $15,157 We need $25,000 by Jan. 2nd or we don’t get any of the money that was pledged. Please get your tax deductable donation in before midnight and let’s kick this thing up to $25,000 to ring in the new year!! You guys are all so amazing for any help you can give. No amount is too small! Just go to this link. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/944868548/historic-theater-front-and-marquee

bethanypithan on December 30, 2012 at 2:08 am

That would be so cool Mikey! We would appreciate that so much! Your Photography is awesome! Thank you so much for the generous offer!!

Mikeyisirish on December 11, 2012 at 12:28 am

Hey Bethany, I know it doesn’t help right now, but as soon as you get the new marquee up and running, I’d love to photograph your theater and donate the photos to you guys, if it would help in future fundraising. You can check out the kind of photography I do here. As a matter of fact, I called Tin Cusic, I think his name was, and talked to him about that. I’d love to see your theater restored to it’s original glory.

KenLayton on December 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I just added a couple of pictures I took of the front of theater in 1999.

bethanypithan on December 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

We plan to restore the neon also!

bethanypithan on December 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Hey Everyone, I am the Artistic Director of the theatre. Please check out our Theater Restoration Project in Longview, WA. We need your help to restore the marquee and store front to it’s original 1941 desgin!!! We only have 23 days left! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/944868548/historic-theater-front-and-marquee

Mikeyisirish on August 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Anyone know if the neon has been or will be restored?

KenLayton on August 29, 2012 at 12:10 am

Yes, it looks like it is now a live theater:


Mikeyisirish on August 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

The building is back in use, but I’m not sure what state it’s in: http://www.stageworksnorthwest.org/

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 9, 2009 at 2:05 am

A drawing of the Longview Theatre was published in Boxoffice, June 21, 1941. The architect was James W. DeYoung. DeYoung, of Portland, also designed at least three theaters in Oregon in the 1940s, at Tigard, Gresham, and Springfield.

chrissiegrist on August 31, 2002 at 8:42 pm

This building has recently been purchased and is now an indoor skate park. The last owners gutted all the seats and theater equipment and sold it with the stipulation it cannot be a theater for 20 years. But the kids are loving it as a skate park.