If the city of Hoquiam had a crown, the 7th Street Theatre would be the center ruby. It was built in 1928 as the Pacific Northwest’s first theatre. The cost was $175,000 – an equivalent of nearly $2.5 million by today’s standards. After its glory days were over, the building sat in disrepair for decades until the Grays Harbor Community Concert Association was donated the funding to purchase the building and begin restoration. It was promptly listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized as one of the few remaining atmospheric-style theatres on the West Coast.
Hoquiam’s “Theatre Beautiful” has undergone years of restoration and work and is slowly being restored to its former glory. With bright tile art and ceilings painted with clouds and twinkling stars, simply walking into the building is an experience to remember. Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, there are plenty of opportunities to experience this historical building for yourself. On top of artist showcases and concerts, the 7th Street Theatre also hosts an occasional classic film. Most people know they will find the best popcorn in the Harbor at these blast-from-the-past movies. Check out their 2016 schedule and get a glimpse into the beauty of historical Grays Harbor.