A last long (cinematic) look at the Moran School theater

The city put a hold on plans to demolish the 92-year-old Moran School theater building. But the hold isn’t likely to hold.

The city Historic Preservation Commission, which opposes the demolition, expects the building will likely fall once its owner, University Place-based Soundcare, gets the permit in order. More on that HERE.

The commission is trying to initiate a discussion with Soundcare on possible ways of preserving and improving the building. They haven’t had much luck getting a hold of Soundcare, and neither have I.

Those wishing for a glimpse of the building before it’s gone can check out Farewell to Harry. The 2002 feature-length independent film had the bulk of its interior scenes shot inside the building, which doubled as a 1950s-era hat factory.

Click on the above clip to see Farewell to Harry’s trailer. The shots you see of a large, open room and of a old-style theater (toward the end) are from the Moran building.

The trailer’s hallway shots, where actors are peeking or crashing into secret hat-filled rooms, were also shot there.

The full movie (on DVD) is available at Silver Screen Video and at the Bainbridge Public Library.