The Raymond Theatre marks its 90th anniversary Thursday, Oct 11. To commemorate this milestone, a gala fundraiser will be held there Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m.
The theme will be the Roaring ’20s, and attendees are encouraged to dress accordingly.
In 1928, the last major studio silent film and the first major all-sound studio film were both released. These two significant films will be shown as a double feature during the event:
• “The Last Command” (run time 1:44) — a silent film with a live musical score to be performed by local violinist Alfred Beattie and organist Paul Van Dyck, who will be playing the theater’s restored vintage Wurlitzer.
• “The Lights of New York” (run time 1:28) — in Vitaphone sound.
A 45-minute intermission between films will allow time for mingling and light refreshments, including birthday cake. Commemorative merchandise will be sold, and a selfie photo booth will feature Roaring ’20s props.
“This will be a great opportunity for members of the community to visit our historical theater, socialize and enjoy two rare significant films from the past,” Raymond Mayor Tony Nordin said in a release. “With our new theater manager, Diane Ziel, now on board, I’m looking forward to a variety of new programming events for the 2018-19 season. Her energy is contagious!”
Ziel recently moved to the Willapa Bay area from Portland to take over management of the theater. She said this event marks the launch of its 2018-19 season.
“I’m excited to provide a variety of films and live events that the public is most interested in attending,” she said in a release, adding that the gala “will allow us to reset and raise the bar in terms of frequency and variety of local entertainment.”
Before screening the first film on Saturday afternoon, she will narrate a slideshow on the history of the 347-seat theater, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it shows movies and classic films, and hosts live performances and other events.
The gala will run from 2 to 6 p.m. at the theater, 323 Third St. in Raymond. Tickets are $20 each, available online through Brown Paper Tickets.
For more information, visit www.raymondtheatre.org.