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The Liberty Theater
344 East Main Street
Dayton, Washington 99328
(509) 382-1380

The Liberty Theater has long been a fixture on the Main Street of Dayton. Located at its present day spot, the Dreamland Theater first opened in 1910. In 1917, the Dreamland changed its name to the Liberty. Fire burned the building in 1919, but the theater reopened in 1921. During the 1930s, the Liberty brought "talkies" to Dayton.


Different managers ran the Liberty until it closed its doors - temporarily in the late 1960s - and finally, in the early 1970s. For almost 30 years the building was unused, except for storage or the occasional Halloween haunted house.

Early '90s

During the 1980s, while people began talking about the revitalization of downtown Dayton, one dream - that of seeing the Liberty Theater reborn - was at the top of many local wish lists. Finally, in 1994, a group of citizens under the title Touchet Valley Arts Council (TVAC) approached the owner of the building, the law firm of Nealey and Marinella, about restoring the building. Terry Nealey and Scott Marinella told the group they could have the building under two conditions. The group had to repair the building's leaky roof first, and the law office would retain the balcony for needed office space.

Through local donations and hundreds of volunteer hours contributed by community members, the roof was repaired. Nealey and Marinella followed through with their promise, and added the use of the balcony. Over the next seven years, TVAC and other community members raised money and were awarded different grants that allowed the fully restored Liberty Theater to open its doors with a live performance of The Music Man in November of 2001.

Today the Liberty Theater continues to serve Dayton and the Touchet Valley under the vision of TVAC's original goal. First run family oriented movies are shown at the theater four days a week. Each year, the theater hosts two film festivals, one designed to entertain local children during summer afternoons. Several live performances are produced by TVAC Productions, and the Missoula Childrens Theatre graces the stage each year.




Music Man Cast
The Music Man
November 2001

November 2002

Broadway Revue
March 2003

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