Ilwaco Theatre

209 First Avenue S,
Ilwaco, WA 98624

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The 200-seat Ilwaco Theatre was opened by 1926. By 1930 it was listed with 320-seats. The 1950 Film Daily Year Book included the Ilwaco Theatre on Main Street with 310 seats.

On October 15, 1955, Boxoffice reported that manager Tim Williams was building a new tunnel rear exit to replace the previous exit at the side of the screen so he could add a widescreen to the Ilwaco, which would maintain its 310 seats.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore

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JackCoursey on May 5, 2022 at 8:12 pm

Was this also known as the Dream Theatre or was that another theatre in the area?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 7, 2022 at 10:41 am

The June 26, 1956 issue of Boxoffice said that J. G. Williams had decided to close the Ilwaco Theatre after having run it for the previous thirty years. Despite his having made improvements to the house, patronage had continued to decline, and he would close it that month to concentrate on his theater in Long Beach, Washington. That house was called the Sunset Theatre.

An interview with theater owner Jack Williams, part of which is on this Facebook page, reveals that the Ilwaco Theatre building was built in 1923. An earlier storefront theater called the Bell had opened as early as 1914 at 691 Main Street.

An article published in 2006 said that the Ilwaco Theatre had been in the building which by then was occupied by the Sea Hag Bar. The Sea Hag is still in business, at 209 First Avenue South.

DavidZornig on January 18, 2023 at 2:53 am

The below Facebook post has a photo and I agree that it is the same building that today houses the Sea Hag Bar, so the address should be 209 First Avenue South as Joe Vogel says above. Highlight and open in new tab to view.

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