7th Street Theatre


7th Street Theatre

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location= Hoquiam, Washington
lat_degrees = 46
lat_minutes = 58
lat_seconds = 40.55
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 123
long_minutes = 53
long_seconds = 7.02
long_direction = W
locmapin = Washington
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built =1928
architect= Huntington & Torbitt, Griffin,Edwin St. John
architecture= Renaissance, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
added = August 6, 1987
governing_body = Private
refnum=87001334cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-12-31|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]
The 7th Street Theatre is a theatre in downtown Hoquiam, Washington. It is one of the few remaining examples of an atmospheric theatre that remain in the United States. [cite news | first=Rick | last=Anderson | coauthors= | title=Preserving the 7th St. Theatre | date=2006-10-28 | publisher= | url =http://www.thedailyworld.com/articles/2006/11/04/profile/01profile.txt | work =The Daily World | pages = | accessdate = 2008-01-01 | language = ] The not-for-profit 7th Street Theatre Association runs the theatre and coordinates a series of live shows, second-run feature films. The group aims to restore the Theatre, including new seats, rigging, and a digital projector.

The theatre was built in 1928 by Olaf T. Taylor, and was designed by Edwin St. John Griffith as a Spanish atmospheric theatre. There are murals on the ceiling in the lobby, along with a fountain. The fountain is not currently in use. Additionally, the auditorium features twinkling lights in the ceiling, and a recently installed sound system. It is currently undergoing a rigging replacement project, and a seat restoration pledge drive.

On March 20th, 2008, volunteer staff unloaded a truck delivering the Theatre's original organ. By 1944 theatre organs had fallen out of fashion, and the organ was sold to Parkland's Trinity Lutheran Church by Balcom & Vaughan. Records indicate that three additional ranks were added at this time bringing the instrument up to a 2/7 (minus the toy counter and percussions). In 1960, the instrument was purchased by George Martin of Tacoma. Mr. Martin studied organ with Martha Green and Arnold Leverenz in the Seattle/Tacoma area between 1951 and 1953. He eventually moved the organ to his home in Clute, TX. It was purchased by a donation primarily from Tom Quigg and Pat Oleachea, and moved by truck back to the 7th Street Theatre. Estimates put the organ installation as complete as early as 2012, at a cost of approximately $12,000.

The 7th Street was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

External links

* [http://www.7thstreettheatre.com/ Official website]
* [http://cinematreasures.org/theater/1273 Cinema Treasures listing]
* [http://www.pstos.org/instruments/wa/hoquiam/7th-street.htm Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society website - 9 photos (1920's to present)]
* [http://www.city-data.com/picfilesv/picv23920.php City-data.com website - 1 current photo]

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