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The Historic Everett Theatre’s manager Curt Shriner sits in the theatre built in 1901 in this photo from 2014. His brother
Craig Shriner, who owns the theater, is hanging up his hat after a four year run.
EVERETT — The Historic Everett Theatre intends to make itself even more of a community theater than ever before. The theater’s management is extending an offer to the community to join a group of co-owners as current owner Craig Shriner has announced his retirement.
It’s like crowdfunding.
The current price of the theater is $1.9 million, which is $500,000 below the first listing price. The group of owners is currently comprised of theater manager Curt Shriner, brother of Craig Shriner, and other board members for
the theater’s Preservation Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
“We already have a local bank interested in giving us a loan,” said Curt Shriner. “The group has the down payment ready, so all the major pieces are in place. Only other more minor cash contributions are needed.”
Group members would own the real estate and business, become board members, receive two seats with name plaques and other perks.
The Historic Everett Theatre opened in 1901 and celebrated many highs and struggled through many lows over the years. Craig Shriner purchased the theater in 2014 and worked to restore it to its former glory. The theater now hosts a variety of entertainment: live music, movies, and plays for all ages. The theater also rents out its space for nonprofits and fundraisers.
“All of our shows are top-notch,” said Curt Shriner. “We sent out a survey to customers asking what performers they’d like to see this year, and we got them.”
This year’s headlining shows chosen by the public include Blood, Sweat & Tears, Aaron Neville, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, and Peter Rivera of Rare Earth.
“This is an award-winning theater,” said Curt Shriner. “If other buyers are thinking it’s too good to be true, it’s not! They should take advantage of it.”
The theater has seen much success in the last few years and won several awards, including Seattle A-List’s award for best local theater venue for the past two years, and two awards in KING 5’s 2017 Best of Western Washington: 3rd place for Best Theatre Venue following the Paramount and 5th Avenue theaters in Seattle and 4th place for Best Music Venue following Paramount, 5th Avenue, and the Gorge. This is due to the many popular shows, several of which were sold out performances, according to Curt Shriner.
Craig Shriner and the co-owners are passionate about and actively involved in the theater, and believe this passion is contagious.
“I came here in 1998, I met my wife here, we got married on this stage, and we are still in productions on it today,” Curt Shriner said. “Anyone who spends any time here leaves completely devoted to this theater. Places like
this mean everything to Everett. The city is revitalizing, but there’s still room for history.”
Where to inquire
Those interested in more information about buying in to the theater can reach Curt Shriner at 425-870-5088 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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