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Second half 2018 movies

Here’s what we have for movies for the second half of 2018.  All tickets are just $6 and available in Hoquiam at Harbor Drug and Crown Drug and in Aberdeen at City Drug.  Once the event is posted, you can purchase them online via Brown Paper Tickets, or at the door 30 minutes prior to the movie.

Interested in sponsoring a film?  For just $60 you can be a sponsor and receive up to 30 passes to the movie, and also get mentioned in all of our promotions! For more information visit our sponsor page.  (Sponsorships must be received at least 45 days prior to the movie to get mentioned in all promotions).

Forbidden Planet (1956)
Sat Sep 1 @ 7:30 & Sun Sep 2 @ 2:00

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Fri & Sat Sep 21 & 22 @ 7:30

Gaslight (1944)
Sat Oct 6 @ 7:30 & Sun Oct 7 @ 2:00

Men in Black (1997)
Fri & Sat Oct 26 & 27 @ 7:30

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Sat Nov 3 @ 7:30 & Sun Nov 4 @ 2:00

Scrooged (1988)
Fri & Sat Nov 23 & 24 @ 7:30

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Sat Dec 1 @ 7:30

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Sat Dec 15 @ 7:30 & Sun Dec 16 @ 2:00

Our back wall is letting the rainwater in and we need your help

Back of stage, showing leaks during recent rainstorm.

For more than 25 years, the back wall has had a problem with rainwater penetration.  It’s getting worse.  During the rainy season, and worse during storms, water runs down the back wall on the inside next to the stage.  Since  this is a south-facing wall it gets the full brunt of the weather.

This is a huge wall and a very important part of the structure of the theatre.

The wall is huge—70 feet high by 95 feet along the widest portion.  Several treatments have been applied during the past 20 years, but have not helped and have ended up making the situation worse.  The elastomeric and tar coatings have deteriorated and created small pockets which trap the rainwater.  The water can’t escape and works its way into the inside of the theatre, on the stage back wall.

We hired a an exterior envelope consultant and have been working with our architect to come up with a permanent solution. A metal rain shield will be applied to the entire back wall, the flyloft roof will be replaced, and we hope to raise enough funding to extend the rain shield around to the alley side of the flyloft wall.   This treatment has been approved by the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

This is the alley side wall which also has areas that are leaking.

The cost to replace the flyloft roof (which is part of the problem) and to place a rain shield on the back wall is $238,000.  The alley side will be an additional $58,000, for a total of $296,000 for the entire project.  As of November 2017, we have raised $120,000, consisting of:

$75,000 from our savings
$35,000 grant  from the Grays Harbor Community Foundation
$5,000 charitable gift from Timberland Bank
$5,000 in private donations

We’re almost halfway there!  We are working on more grant applications at this time, and asking for additional donations from the community.  When the community supports our projects it is very beneficial in obtaining funding from foundations.

The 7th Street Theatre has been an integral part of Grays Harbor for almost 90 years.  We present classic films all year long, a young artist showcase, provide a beautiful historic venue for renters like the Hoquiam School District, Miss Grays Harbor, the 7th Street Kids, dance studios, and many others.  Over 12,000 people attend the theatre every year!

Donations can be made here, or mailed to us at:

7th Street Theatre Association
PO Box 777
Hoquiam, WA  98550

(Mark “back wall donation”)

The 7th Street Theatre Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Let’s keep this wall and stage intact for future generations!  Thank you for your support!

Purple Rose of Death

By Shannon Weidman
In 2014 I joined a small group of 7th St Theatre volunteers who host the annual Hot August Frights movie marathon. Hot August Frights is a 12 hour movie marathon at the 7th St Theatre showcasing the best of the worst in old scary/creepy/horror movies. We have featured such classics as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter, and Killer Clowns From Outer Space.

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In the spring of 2014 our little misfit group was debating which movies we should show and what might we show in the 10 – 15 minutes between movies while people are stretching their legs and refilling their popcorn buckets. It was then that I got the genius (and overly ambitious) idea that we could make our OWN short horror movies to show between the “real” movies.
The first script I completed was called “The Purple Rose of Death.” It was an homage to silent horror movies like “Nosferatu” as well as to Woody Allen’s 1985 movie, “The Purple Rose of Cairo” in which a movie character steps out of the movie screen and into the real world. In my movie, a real life person would be lured INTO a horror movie. It sounded so easy.
I recruited friends and fellow 7th Street volunteers as my actors and crew and went to work. Our opening shot was going to be the exterior of a haunted house. 30 seconds into filming our fancy camera had a dead battery and our sunlight was gone. We turned on the high beams of my car for lighting and we filmed the rest of the movie using our cell phones.

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After way too many hours of editing we finally put together a little movie that might not bring home any awards, but which we had a fun time making and we learned so much about the effort that goes into making movies. The movie (along with a few others we made) was shown between the “real” films at the 2014 Hot August Frights movie marathon and has not been seen publicly since. So.. for the first time since that initial screening, I present to you.. The Purple Rose of Death!

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Fortune and Glory

First, allow myself to introduce.. myself. My name is Shannon Weidman and I am a volunteer/poster designer/board member/movie lover at the 7th Street Theatre. My involvement with the 7th Street Theatre began with my childhood hero, Indiana Jones.

I have always enjoyed the old time atmosphere of the theatre but my appreciation for it really picked up in September, 2008 when I found out that the 7th Street Theatre was showing “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. I was super excited to see it on the big screen for the first time in many years. You see, when I was a little boy I used to pretend that I was Indiana Jones and I was even the proud owner of an officially licensed Indiana Jones hat. (I’m pretty sure I wore out the garage door by constantly hitting the button, running through the garage, and rolling underneath the door as it closed.) Since I had successfully imparted my love for the Indiana Jones series on my son, I brought him along to the theatre and (of course) had him dress up in his Indy costume. We had a wonderful time and I was hooked on the theatre. He even brought home a souvenir T-Shirt.
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We had such a good time that the next time the theatre showed an Indiana Jones movie (Raiders of the Lost Ark in 2012) we went again. This time I brought my daughter too and we all dressed up (big Indy, little Indy, and Marion).
2012
Fast forward to March, 2015 and the theatre completed the original Indiana Jones trilogy by showing “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”. This time around I posed as Indy, my son reprised his role as “little Indy” and my friend Rick dressed as the evil Mola Ram. We posed for pictures with movie patrons and had a great time.
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Those first experiences were so fun that I wanted to get more involved with the theatre so I volunteered to help make a movie poster for one of the theatre’s movies (Poltergiest – if you ever see the poster try to see the 3d image in the TV screen!). Then I made a few more movie posters.. then I joined the volunteer group selling tickets and concessions, then I joined the movie selection committee, the Hot August Frights committee, and finally the Board of Directors. It all started when my son and I went to watch our favorite movie at a beautiful old theatre. So come on out, bring the kids, and make some memories.

by Shannon Weidman

2016 Movie Series

Jan 15 & 16 Spaceballs 1987
Feb 12 & 13 Groundhog Day 1993
Mar 5 & 6 Strangers on a Train 1951
Mar 18 & 19 Big Trouble in Little China 1986
Apr 8 & 9 Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975
Apr 23 & 24 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962
May 7 & 8 The King and I 1956
May 20 & 21 This is Spinal Tap 1984
August 13 Hot August Frights – Creepy Crawly Marathon featuring Eight Legged Freaks 2002
Sep 3 & 4 Desk Set 1957
Sep 23 & 24 Hook 1991
Oct 8 & 9 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962
Oct 28 & 29 Alien 1979
Nov 12 & 13 Stalag 17 1953
Nov 25 & 26 Planes, Trains & Automobiles 1987
Dec 3 Elf 2003
Dec 17 & 18 The Bishop’s Wife 1947

Website Update

Our website has recently been updated.  Thank you to everyone for your patience during the transition.  Now the site should be easily accessible on your smart phones and tablets.

Hand-crafted Goonies Treasure Chests

Hand-crafted espDSCN0594ecially for our screening of The GoonDSCN0595ies on May 29 & 30!  These amazing one-of-a-kind treasure chests  were built and donated by the Stafford Creek Corrections Center Veteran’s Project.  The plaque in the center of the lid is crafted from the original pieces of stage flooring from the theatre!  There will be one chest, laden with booty, auctioned off each night.

Original inventory listing

Thanks to Sharon Balin, the widow of Al Balin, for donating the original inventory listing.  The list belonged to Al when he managed the 7th Street Theatre in the 1970s era.  We plan to digitize all pages, but here’s a shot of page 1.  Al passed away earlier this year.

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