We went into Downtown Longview Washington for our last day there and saw the Columbia Theater.
"At one point in 1980, in fact, a contract was signed to demolish the Columbia. With the countdown to its demise measured in days, it seemed that only an act of God could save the Columbia Theatre. That act of God came with the eruption of Mount St. Helen's on May 18, 1980."
"The eruption pulled the demolition contractor away to other parts of southwest Washington, and allowed concerned citizens to organize an effort to save the Columbia. On July 21, 1981, the Columbia Theatre Task Force was created to help save the venue, and although they met with a rough start, their efforts culminated in the sale of the historic theater to the city of Longview on December 9, 1982.
With a few ups and downs in-between, the Task Force has managed to resurrect the old Columbia, now (in 2003) known as the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. "
"The marquee of this historic movie house. It once seated 700 patrons. Its facade is an excellent example of Art Deco, popular in the 1930s"