Little River Band to Play Historic Everett Theatre Friday Night

Craig and Aaron Shriner

Aaron and Craig Shriner pause while painting the exterior of the Historic Everett Theatre Thursday afternoon.

In what they hope to be the first of many successful events, the new owners of the Historic Everett Theatre are bringing Little River Band to their stage Friday night. (Apr. 25) I had a chance to speak with Aaron Shriner, one of three generations of the Shriner family that are breathing new life into the historic showplace on Colby Avenue in downtown Everett. “We want to bring this place back again,” said Shriner. “In a way it hasn’t been in a long time.” When asked why he thought his family could do what many non-profits have been unable to accomplish, namely making the venue profitable, he said the family was taking a business approach to running the theatre. “With a 12 member board they were all in it for the love of the theatre but there were also 12 opinions on what should be done,” Shriner said. “We made a decision as a family to approach this as a business first.”

Three generations of the Shriner family are working at the Historic Everett Theatre including Aaron’s dad, Craig Shriner and his uncle, Curt Shriner. The entire family has been pitching in repairing the stage, the floor, painting and fixing various areas of the historic building. Shriner told me that his family sees heritage at the theatre and they want to turn it into a lasting family legacy. He says it’s already brought his family closer. While Friday night’s show is a concert, other events planned include stage shows, such as a presentation of the Wizard of Oz this fall and movies that carry a sports theme that can tie in with the Everett Aquasox and Everett Silvertips. Another tradition they hope to establish is the Saturday midnight movie. That kicks off this Saturday night with a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show complete with packs for the audience to participate in key scenes of the film.

Aaron Shriner says the theatre holds 800 and at last count they had about 100 tickets left for Friday night’s Little River Band show. Click here for more information on that show and other upcoming events at the Historic Everett Theatre.

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