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Making movie magic out of a 3,000-square-foot basement

When David Williams was a kid sneaking into movie theaters for lack of money, he vowed to his buddies that one day he’d have his own theater. Now a successful businessman, he does — a period Art Deco cinema in his 3,000 square foot Olympia basement, complete with 187-inch screen, electric recliner seats and a 16-foot neon marquee.Oh, and a replica 1930s London street to go with it.

Arts & Culture

Theater review: ‘Other Desert Cities’ packed with wit, tension

Olympia Little Theatre quotes the New York Times’ description of Jon Robin Baitz’s Pulitzer Prize nominee “Other Desert Cities” as a “witty, deeply enjoyable family drama.” Such a description could easily mislead people into expecting a light comic-drama, and this play is anything but light comedy. There’s comedy, yes. Biting, witty, sarcastic word play between five family members whose sophisticated banter balances on the edge of outright warfare.

Celebrities

Newport Jazz Festival gets new vision with Christian McBride

Christian McBride is no stranger to the main stage at the Newport Jazz Festival and this year he'll again be up there in a trio with pianist Chick Corea and drummer Brian Blade. But he'll also be turning his attention to a new role backstage as he takes over as artistic director from festival founder George Wein.

Videos

WATCH: Basement transformed into amazing vintage movie theater

Olympia homeowner David Williams along with former MGM and Paramount studios' set designer Thomas Polidori offer their thoughts during a July 10th tour of the basement area which was turn it into a replica London street from the 1930s, including an Art Deco theater, faux storefronts, cobblestones, manholes, neon signs etc. Scaled down from an actual period commercial movie house a state-of-the-art theater featuring digital access to most any film caps-off the experience.
Steve Bloom sbloom@theolympian.com
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