Bremerton's Admiral Theatre first opened its doors on May 7, 1942, exactly five months to the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Admiral was one of five grand art deco theatres in downtown Bremerton during a WWII and post-war boom serving an influx of military and defense workers and their families. The Admiral ceased operations as a movie theatre in the late 1980s, after more than a decade of population decline and urban blight. In the early 1990s, local civic leaders formed the Admiral Theatre Foundation and raised $4.2 million dollars to save the Admiral and convert it into a performing arts center.
The Admiral Theatre now welcomes more than 50,000 patrons annually to 110 diverse performances and community events. Our "Stages for All Ages School Day Series" and "K-12 Ticket To Culture" programs provide 10,000 local school kids with subsidized and free tickets to attend educational and entertaining shows throughout the school year. Our annual presented season includes 40+ professional shows, 50 community events, and an exciting two-week musical theatre summer camp for kids.
After 20 years of continuous use as a performing arts center, the Admiral Theatre Foundation launched a $1.2 million dollar capital campaign in 2014 in order to raise the funds necessary to renovate the theatre in time for our 75th anniversary celebration in October 2017. Construction started as planned in July 2017 and includes a lobby renovation, fresh paint and carpeting, new main floor tables and chairs, HVAC and plumbing repairs, upgrades to our sound and lighting systems, renovating the marquee and more. This campaign and renovation will ensure the theatre remains a vibrant arts and community center for years to come.
Thank you in advance for your support of the Admiral Theatre Foundation. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit our website at: admiraltheatre.org, or call our Box Office at 360.373.6743.