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Vogue Theatre

2002 Photo from the Matt Lutthans collection
210 Pennsylvania Ave
Cle Elum WA
(509) 674-9534

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Record #25822  
 Opened: 1923
Capacity: 780 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Lane

Information for this tour was contributed by Rosemary Putnam.

The Lane Theatre was built on the site of the Rose. Constructed of brick, with a seating capacity of 780, it was heralded as the last word in comfort, convenience and safety.

Talkies began in 1929, with Vibraphone and Movie Tone, installed at a cost of $10,000. The first all-talking movie was "The Wolf of Wall Street."

In 1938, the Lane was purchased and lavishly remodeled by Harry Ulsch, becoming the first theater in the Northwest to feature fluorescent and neon lighting. "Vogue" appears on the marquee for the first time.

Fred Estelman purchased the Vogue in 1947 and updated the sound equipment. Cinemascope was installed in 1954.

In the late 1960s to mid-1970s, the coal mines close, the local population declined radically, and the local economy plummeted. The Vogue closed and sat empty for the better part of 30 years until the 1990s, when several short-term owners made unsuccessful attempts to renovate and reopen the theater.

Larry and Rosemary Putnam purchased the theater in 2007 and retained the Dale Ward Design Group of Seattle to draw up remodel plans. Interior demolition began in 2008.

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

February 2009 photos from the Matt Lutthans collection.

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March 2006 photos from the Darren Snow collection.

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2002 photos from the Matt Lutthans collection.

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