Celebrating 80 Years On May 7, 1942
Bremerton’s Admiral Theatre celebrates 80 years this season as Kitsap County’s premier live entertainment and events venue. This community-owned treasure has welcomed hundreds of extraordinary performances over the years, and hundreds of thousands of patrons from all over the country. An estimated half a million local school children have enjoyed free and low cost live performing arts, workshops, camps and films as part of our Youth Arts Education programs.
We have done all of this and more while remaining financially solvent through the support of ticket revenue, show sponsorships, local, state and federal grants, annual donations from individuals and businesses, and lots of hard work. We have demonstrated that this community will support the production of high quality performances.
The Admiral Theatre Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization, has invested more than $10 million back into this historic facility over the past 25 years – and the work continues. Last fall alone we renovated the backstage areas and artist dressing rooms, the men’s mezzanine lounge, the orchestra pit, and upgraded the marquee displays. With the proceeds from this year's Kitsap Great Give, we hope to purchase a new HVAC control system for auditorium heating and cooling, purchase new sinks and equipment at the main floor and mezzanine bars to speed service, renovate a multi-use space on 5th Street attached to the auditorium, renovate the artist ‘Green Room’, and freshen up the marquee neon, chasing lights and paint. Today, we humbly ask for your continued support in our efforts to give this community the well-equipped and maintained venue it deserves.
After a near two-year shutdown and $2 million+ in lost revenues, this is a critical time for the Admiral Theatre and our local performing arts. It’s been a tough few years, but we see an incredible opportunity ahead as artists announce new tours and crowds start to return. We need your help though to continue to attract artists to this world-class venue in the heart of downtown Bremerton.
We hope you will consider making a donation in this year's Kitsap Great Give – and we give you our solemn promise to continue to be responsible stewards of this historic community-owned facility. The Admiral Theatre Foundation is a tax-exempt performing arts organization, recognized under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). All gifts to the foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
We look forward to welcoming you to Bremerton’s Admiral Theatre!
Admiral Theatre Foundation