Kelso Theater Pub
214 S. Pacific Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Act III Theatres, Cineplex Odeon, Regal Entertainment Group, Sterling Theaters, Inc., Tri-State Theaters Inc. (OR)
Architects: Day Walter Hilborn
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Vogue Theater, Kelso Theater
Opened in late-1917 as the Vogue Theater. By 1931 it was operating as the Kelso Theater. It was still open in 1957. In recent years it has been renamed Kelso Theater Pub.
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Kelso had a second theater, called the Liberty, until 1954. The March 20 issue of Boxoffice that year said the house was closing after twenty years of operation, leaving Kelso with only one theater. A drive-in was in the planning stage.
KT Pub looks like a cool theatre! Do they ever play any classic films? Just curious.
I agree MPol looks like my kind of place,nice offical web-site.
A few October 2013 photos can be seen here and here.
When I was in there in 1999, the projection equipment was Ballantyne Pro 35 projector head, Ballantyne Model 7 soundhead, Ballantyne VIP pedestal, Strong Super Lume-x xenon lamphouse.
The new marquee has been up for several years. Not as impressive as the old one but adequate and works well with the building colors. The Pub was ahead of the local, rundown Regals in installing digital projection.
The Kelso opened under the banner of the Vogue and later named the Kelso.
The Vogue Theatre in Kelso was mentioned in the May 6, 1922 issue of Moving Picture World:The Vogue was rebuilt in 1925 following a fire, as noted in this item from the July 11 MPW:
The earliest mention of the Vogue I can find is from a January, 1918 issue of The Moving Picture Weekly, the exact date of which I’ve been unable to discover:Given the delays in publication typical of the trade journals in those days, it’s likely that the Vogue opened in late 1917, but surely in January 1918 at the latest.
The streamline modern elements of the Kelso Theatre were designed by architect Day Walter Hilborn, whose records list the house as a 1940 project.