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Columbia Theatre

2010 Photo from the Dave Felthous collection
1225-31 Vandercook Way
Longview WA
(360) 575-8499

Visit Website Live Theatre National Register 1985
Record #9989  
 Opened: 1925
Capacity: 800 seats
Architectural Style(s): Italian Renaissance
National Register: 1985
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:

Information for this tour was contributed by Dave Felthous.

The Columbia was sold by local owners to the Seattle-based Sterling Theaters in 1945 and remained owned by them until the City of Longview obtained it in 1983. The city leases it to a nonprofit organization of local citizens which hires a professional manager to run it. It's used for concerts, plays, etc.

In 2010, the Columbia emerged from a year-long, $11 million retrofit, refurbishing, updating, etc., and had its first stage show in early February, a return engagement of the Smothers Brothers. The work they did is impressive, including careful restoration of original decor and relics. New seating in a classic design affords more leg room. This has reduced capacity from just over 1,000 to just over 800.

 Photos remain the property of the Member and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Member.

August 2013 photos from the Dave Felthous collection.

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January 2010 photos from the Dave Felthous collection.

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May 1999 photos from the Ken Layton collection.

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Photos from the Bill Wood collection.

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