Concrete Theatre

 

About Us


Valerie Stafford grew up in Concrete, lived elsewhere in Skagit and Island Counties for almost two decades, then moved back “home” in 2007.

Valerie is an adjunct faculty member of Skagit Valley College, and owner of a fitness business (See Encore Fitness). She’s the president of the Concrete Chamber of Commerce and a board member of Imagine Concrete Foundation.  Valerie was named the 2011 Business and Professional Woman of the Year by the Skagit Women’s Network and Alliance.

Fred West grew up in the small town of Randle, WA, and over the years has worked in the logging industry, been a professional scuba diver and scuba instructor, and has owned several businesses, including the Whidbey Island Dive Center. He now owns and operates Cinema Septic.

Fred manages our small farm, where a variety of animals  (alpacas, Nigerian dwarf goats,  horses and mules, Great Pyrenees, chickens and cats coexist very happily.) He has a pilot’s license, plenty of experience in manual labor and thankfully, lots of patience and energy.

 
We are pleased to be the owners of the historic Concrete Theatre, located in Town Center, Concrete. With 130 seats, full stage and lobby and concessions area, our venue is the home to movies and special events year-round. 

Founded in 1923, the Theatre has had a colorful past, serving as an entertainment center for the earliest residents of the town. The Theatre first showed silent films, then the “talkies,” and also featured boxing matches, vaudeville shows and more.

Over the decades, the Concrete Theatre has changed hands several times, but has always been a unique fixture of our Town Center. We are grateful the site has been maintained, and was added to the Washington State Historical Registry.

Operating any business in a tiny town can be a challenge but we can make it work with your continued support. Please attend our movies and events, tell your friends and family all about them, and help keep the Concrete Theatre alive and well.

Thanks!

Valerie Stafford & Fred West


 

From the Ashes

Contact Us

We welcome your comments, ideas, suggestions and questions.

Call (360) 941-0403 for movie schedules and the latest information.

Email us at info@concrete-theatre.com

Visit the Concrete Theatre at 45920 Main Street, Concrete Washington.

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Need help with your septic system?

From the same people who bring you all the movies and events at the historic Concrete Theatre, comes a little different kind of entertainment – right in your own backyard!

Theatre owner Fred West is a small-town guy with a passion for hard work. He’s been a logger, professional scuba diver and yacht broker. Fred and Valerie own horses, mules, alpacas, chickens, goats, big dogs and a whole herd of cats. Over the years Fred has earned a pilot’s license, captain’s credentials, motorcycle endorsement, and now a license for septic work.

Because we care about our environment and your health, we’re bringing Cinema Septic to our friends, neighbors and customers in eastern Skagit County. (Licensed to provide service anywhere in the County.)

CALL OR TEXT FRED WEST: (360) 466-8754

On September 14, 1916, a fire of unknown origin destroyed the Concrete Theatre in Concrete, in northwestern Washington.  The house was showing three Pathé films the week of the blaze, all of which were claimed by the fire.  

Manager C.D. Stickley reported the venue as a total loss, but the Concrete Theatre was eventually rebuilt -- only to be destroyed by fire again seven years later.  

Down, but apparently not out, Stickley again rebuilt the Concrete Theatre, but this time on a lot directly across the street from his original location.  The change in scene apparently did the trick, for Stickley’s third Concrete Theatre (opened in June 1924) has stood the test of time, and is still located at 45920 Main Street.

On June 5, 1987, the theatre was added to the Washington Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation’s list of historical sites.

Today, the refurbished Concrete Theatre remains a focal point for the community of Concrete. 

Sources:

“`Split Reel’ Notes for Theater Men,” Motography, October 7, 1916, p. 811; “Small Town Theater Burns,” Moving Picture World, October 14, 1916, p. 283; “Seattle,” Moving Picture World, April 26, 1924, p. 718; Beverly Critchfield, “A Welcome Return,” Skagit Valley Herald, December 22, 2005. By Eric L. Flom, January 09, 2008. This file made possible by: The State of Washington, Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation.