The new Seeley Theatre in Pomeroy opens on November 24, 1913.

  • By Eric L. Flom
  • Posted 2/04/2003
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 5166

On November 24, 1913, in the little town of Pomeroy in Southeastern Washington, the Seeley Theatre opens at 67 - 7th Street. This new Seeley -- a three-and-a-half-story brick structure -- replaces the original Seeley Theatre, a turn-of-the-century woodframe building located at the corner of 7th and Columbia. The new Seeley seats 713 patrons.  

The (re)opening night production at the Seeley was the play Bunty Pull the Strings.  Tickets for the debut performance sold at advanced prices, with $10 securing box seats. Admission for “standing-room-onlies,” however, was as low as 75 cents per person.  

The Seeley Theatre eventually became Pomeroy's only motion picture house, and remained virtually unchanged for the first four decades of its existence.  Changes were afoot in the early 1950s, however, when the theater's original box seats were removed to accommodate a larger “Cinemascope” screen. Later, in the 1960s, the lobby was given a more modern look, while the old stage area -- long out of use -- was walled off and became part of a small business.

As of today (2003), the Seeley Theatre still operates in the town of Pomeroy.

Sources: “Seeley Theatre -- Pomeroy,” Puget Sound Pipeline Online, (http://www.pstos.org/instruments/wa/pomeroy/seeley.htm); “Historical Building Tour -- The Seeley Theater,” City of Pomeroy Website, (http://clickpomeroy.com/tourism/histbldg_seeleyP.htm).

Related Topics:   Buildings | Film | Theater & Dance

Licensing: This essay is licensed under a Creative Commons license that encourages reproduction with attribution. Credit should be given to both HistoryLink.org and to the author, and sources must be included with any reproduction. Click the icon for more info. Please note that this Creative Commons license applies to text only, and not to images. For more information regarding individual photos or images, please contact the source noted in the image credit.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License
Major Support for HistoryLink.org Provided By: The State of Washington | Patsy Bullitt Collins | Paul G. Allen Family Foundation | Museum Of History & Industry | 4Culture (King County Lodging Tax Revenue) | City of Seattle | City of Bellevue | City of Tacoma | King County | The Peach Foundation | Microsoft Corporation, Other Public and Private Sponsors and Visitors Like You