McFiler's Chehalis Theater
558 N. Market Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Tom Moyer Luxury Theatres
Architects: Bjarne H. Moe
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Pix Theatre, Chehalis Theater
News About This Theater
- Jan 8, 2009 — Chehalis Theatre closes
Originally constructed in the late-1920’s as a car dealership, it was not a movie theatre until its conversion on December 7, 1938 to the Pix Theatre, screening Bob Hope in “Thanks for the Memory”.
In 1958, the theatre was renovated and renamed the Chehalis Theater. Tom Moyer Luxury Theaters bought it in 1980 and closed it in 1984. It was converted into a videotape rental store that same year and operated until 1994, when the video store finally folded.
The Chehalis Theater sat empty and neglected for two years until local theater buff Daryl Lund purchased the theater and restored it to its full glory. Original Art Deco light fixtures were found in the attic, restored, and re-installed in the auditorium. Brand new seats, a new snack bar, new projector, new lamphouse, and digital sound were added. The marquee was repainted and many sections of neon were repaired or replaced.
The Chehalis Theater closed in December 2008, two months after a ten-screen multiplex opened outside of town. It was reopened in late-2016 offering live performances and classic movies.
It closed again in December 2020 to be restored and a planned reopening in Summer of 2022 as an events center named McFiler’s Chehalis Theater.
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