While we are in a state of transition between life in the cruise ship and The Stone House on the Hill in Greece we are without Wi-Fi so I am going to tell you about a gem of a place back in Central Washington State. . .(I wrote this one before we left, just in case this happened)
If you’ve ever visited Lake Chelan in Central Washington State, you’ve probably walked right past Ruby - you may not have given the old girl a second glance.
It is easy to take priceless parts of a place for granted when you’re en route to somewhere else. Here, in the heart of wine country, it is easy to be distracted by the 55-mile long glacier fed Lake Chelan on which this small town is located.
Frankly, the thought of going to a movie while in town hadn’t even crossed our minds until our last visit. I was there researching an article for The Seattle Times. I planned to include a mention of the theatre, so we toured the Grand Old Lady with its owner. . .
|Taken from under the balcony section|
|From top left: Concessions, foyer, front row seats and from the back of the theatre|
In 2013 a new new concession area was completed, along with a bathroom renovation and installation of new digital projection and sound equipment. With all that new though, they’ve still kept the old touches in the projection room as well:
|From top left: computerized projection roon, film canisters, projector and Hibbard holding a film reel|
Ruby cast her charms during that tour and we vowed, taking in a movie at The Ruby is going to be high on the ‘must do list our next visit The movies shown in this single-screen charmer aren’t first run, but they are pretty darn close. And the admission is certainly right, as evidenced by the prices posted on the ticket booth window. And do you like that ticket machine? It was made by a Chelan High School student as a shop class project many decades ago. But as with all things Ruby, it is also a historical gem!
|Ticket booth at The Ruby Theatre|
For tourist information and accommodations: www.golakechelan.com
For Ruby Theatre hours and movie times (as well as a bit of history) www.rubytheatre.com
Thanks for being with us today. We hope you’ll come back again soon and appreciate having you part of our travels. Have you been to The Ruby? Any historical theatres near you? Tell us about them if you have the time. Use the comments below or sent an email.
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