Picture this, Downtown Everett, 1901. Colby avenue was a bustling thoroughfare in what was a sizable theater district. The Theater district included the Everett, Granada, Balboa, and Roxy theaters, all opened during the early 20th century. Now, the last remaining theater from that era is The Everett Theater. The theater was rebuilt after a fire in the early hours of December 11th, 1923, and renovated into a triplex theater in 1979, in hopes of keeping up and in step with the emerging big-screen film watching. It closed in 1989 and was restored to its original state beginning in 2000. This landmark opened and lifted the curtain on November 4th, 1901. The first show was “The Casino Girl”. The Casino Girl is an Edwardian musical comedy that consists of two acts. The story is about a former chorus girl at the Casino Theatre in New York, who flees to Cairo under a false moniker to escape the advances of an admirer. Since that opening night, this theater has had many acts grace the stage. From productions of The Wizard of Oz to stand-up comedians and live music acts.
This magical place is full of the memories of yesteryear. When horse-drawn carriages were lined up down the roads full of eager people waiting to be let into this building that held the promise of entertainment. While the styles of entertainment have shifted far from that opening night, The Historic Everett Theater has changed right along with the times. Offering different acts and mediums, along with some of the old plays. These days have been hard for this great place though. The theater is a gathering place, a place to come and sit beside people who enjoy the same things you do. The theater is somewhere we go to be entertained and laugh, sometimes cry, and always leave a little more cultured.
They have modified the way things are presented during these times. There have been online streaming performances, and with these new guidelines, they have booked live shows again. The calendar looks great through June! These are some of the goings-on at the theater.
- Andy Gross comedian, magician & ventriloquist
- 09 Apr 2021 – 07:30PM to 10:00PM
- Tyler Smith’s Dope Show
- 16 Apr 2021 – 08:00 PM
- Peter Rivera with Colossal Boss
- 24 Apr 2021 07:00 PM
- Infinity Project a Journey Tribute with Petty Thief
- 01 May 2021 07:30 PM
- Poker Face Tribute to Lady Gaga
- 07 May 2021 07:30 PM
- SILVER BLUE AND GOLD Bad Company Tribute
- 14 May 2021 07:00 PM
- Bell Bottom Blues (Clapton Tribute) and Feelin Alright (Cocker Tribute)
- 15 May 2021 07:00 PM
- Geoff Tate 30th Anniversary of Empire
- 28 May 2021 7:30 PM –
These events coming up are a great sign for the theater, though it is still in some trouble. The reality of things is that it is a struggling industry and the pandemic sure didn’t help out with easing that. Getting out and supporting is so important now. Maybe more than ever before. This place could be lost if we don’t help them now. There is a GoFundMe set up for the continuation of this landmark. This fundraiser is for The Historic Everett Theatre Preservation Society. They have hopes of buying the building outright and keeping it a staple in downtown Everett.
The Historic Everett Theatre Preservation Society is a non-profit organization 81-2518066 that is dedicated to continuing a 118-year tradition by providing opportunities for artistic production, creative exploration, arts education, the enjoyment of arts and entertainment, and promoting tourism and community pride.
I know that some of you haven’t ever stepped foot in this building. Maybe you just see it as a Pokemon Gym, or the old building next to the Irishman. This place is so much more than that. I was fortunate enough a few years back to see a production on this historic stage. The architecture and decorum in this place is exquisite and transports you back in time. Some of the frequently asked questions about this piece of history and the way it operates involve the new safety mandates. Now that the theatre has been allowed to reopen within certain guidelines please be aware that wearing a mask will be required while moving around the theatre. Social Distancing will be enforced and the dance floor will be closed. The theatre is located at 2911 Colby Ave., Everett WA. 98201. The corner of Hewitt and Colby. Parking in that area can sometimes be a nightmare but they have a great solution. Parking is located at the corner of Hoyt and Hewitt (Everpark Garage) it’s free after 5:00 pm on weekdays and weekends. There is street parking and a paid lot behind the theatre. They also have ADA seating at the back of the theatre and an elevator to the restrooms, bar, and concessions. This gem of a playhouse offers some concessions also. Popcorn, candy, and cookies. They boast a bar too! Beer, Wine, and select spirits are available with valid identification. Drinks are allowed to be enjoyed in the theatre, but not allowed off the premises. The payment options are cash and card.
As is customary in this format flash photography is not allowed. It’s distracting and I think takes away from the experience that going to see a live performance gives. The actors on the stage have practiced and practiced for this and probably don’t want to be blinded by your cell phone flash. One other great attribute that going to a playhouse often presents is an opportunity to meet and chat with the performers. The more intimate settings leave a lot of wiggle room for an impromptu meet and greet. Just remember, it’s not guaranteed and is totally up to the discretion of the artist. The dress code here is casual and there is no age requirement for most of the productions. However, some special events do have an age admittance requirement. They even have the option to rent out the venue for yourself.
For more info and rates visit: https://yourhistoriceveretttheatre.org/theatre-info/content-elements
If you are interested in seeing the calendar of events or purchasing tickets these are the only authorized sellers of tickets for the Everett Theater, Theatre Website, Eventbrite, and Goldstar.
For on-demand and live streaming events, Stellar. Purchasing through these sellers guarantees that your tickets are not counterfeit. The hours of operation here are Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 PM – 4:00 PM. On the days that shows are playing, hours are open 11:00 till 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to showtime.
This place is a jewel in the heart of downtown Everett. To know that its place is a precarious one is a bit disheartening. I’ve lived here all my life and don’t remember looking at a prettier building. Knowing how much it’s been through and what it’s meant to this city has shone a different light on it for me. If this is lost, I fear what could be thrown into its place. Losing culture and history is not what we need right now. Get out and go to a show, see this building, appreciate the enormity of it. They have things on the schedule that I am very interested in seeing soon and I hope to see some of you there.