General Fund
General Fund Donations Help the Admiral Theatre Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit organization) continue to operate and preserve the Admiral Theatre as a world-class performing arts center and national historic landmark. Our mission is to enrich our local communities through arts, cultural education and entertainment. *Donations in any amount greatly appreciated in-person, online, and via phone. The story of the Admiral Theatre’s survival and resurgence starts amid a backdrop of economic depression and urban blight in the late 1980s, and continues today as a successful, decades-long public-private partnership between the Admiral Theatre Foundation and the City of Bremerton. It is also the story of how a forward-thinking group of business, civic, and political leaders saved more than a building. They saved the history and soul of a great American city. The Admiral Theatre first opened its doors as a 1500-seat art deco movie palace on Thursday, May 7, 1942 - exactly five months to the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Admiral opened with the Northwest premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s “Reap the Wild Wind” as a benefit for the Navy Relief Society. Bremerton and the Admiral Theatre thrived in a post-war economy and remained viable through the 1970s. After years of neglect and downtown urban blight, the once grand Admiral Theatre had fallen into disrepair, and unable to compete with new multiplex cinemas, closed its doors on Thursday, May 18, 1989. Soon after the Admiral closed, local civic leaders including A.H. “Ike” Parker, Edward Sheldon, former Congressman Norm Dicks, Chuck and Joanne Haselwood, Tim Ryan, Jerry and Nancy Reid, Bremerton Mayor Gene Lobe, and many others, formed a partnership with the City of Bremerton, which purchased the Admiral Theatre building from the Olympic College Bremer Trust, and granted the newly formed Admiral Theatre Foundation a 50-year lease. After a 7-year, $4.2 million dollar capital campaign and renovation, the Admiral Theatre reopened in 1997. The Admiral Theatre Foundation completed an additional $1.2 million dollar capital campaign and renovation in time for the theatre’s 75th anniversary in 2017.
Youth Arts Education
Please help support the Admiral Theatre's Youth Arts Education programs by making a tax-deductible contribution in any amount today. Arts appreciation and education is a vital and often overlooked aspect of K-12 education. Research has shown that a solid arts education enhances student outcomes in several important ways: boosting creativity, improving motivation and attendance, raising standardized test scores, and reducing dropout rates. Yet, arts education has been largely defunded in our schools, leaving parents to find alternative arts awareness and education opportunities for their children.
USO Military Seats of Honor
The Admiral Theatre and USO Northwest have partnered to create our ‘USO Military Seats of Honor’ program, which provides local active-duty military and dependents with two free front row tickets plus dinners, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages to 30 amazing live performances each season (value $5,000). Tickets are offered to local military via the Admiral Theatre website, email, social media, and USO channels, and recipients are chosen randomly from requests received. Military simply show a valid military ID to pick up their tickets at Will Call on show night. The Admiral Theatre and USO Northwest would like to thank all of our local military families for their dedication, service, and sacrifice. Together, we can provide these families with some much needed and deserved R&R. For donors, rest assured every penny collected will go toward showing these military families our sincere gratitude and making sure they have a night to remember. Please make a tax-deductible donation today in support of our local military heroes and their families. Both USONW and the Admiral Theatre are 501c3 non-profit organizations and all donations are 100% tax-deductible.
Save the Mermaids
2019 Capital Project Help the Admiral Theatre Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit organization) raise funds to help save our iconic mermaid murals. *Donations in any amount greatly appreciated in-person, online, and via phone. Please Help ‘Save The Mermaids’ Your donation will help save and preserve the Admiral Theatre’s iconic hand-painted murals of mermaids and undersea life. The Admiral Theatre is a 77-year-old concrete building which is under constant assault by salty sea air and wet weather. Despite constant maintenance, leaks and water damage have slowly seeped into our interior auditorium walls over the last 22 years since the murals were painted. In order to preserve the murals for future generations, the Admiral Theatre Foundation is raising $323,000 in 2019 to paint and seal the theatre’s exterior, retouch the murals, and install a new photographic historical display in our mezzanine lobby. Your 100% tax-deductible contribution will help us ‘Save The Mermaids’ and preserve an important part of Kitsap’s arts and cultural heritage.
Earle Smith, Jr. Memorial Donations
Donations to Save the Mermaid Fund in Earle Smith's name
2019 Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday - December 3, 2019 - Help Kitsap Kids Experience the Arts Your generous donation will help send 750 disadvantaged local students to one of our 2020 school day shows free of charge! * A donation of $10 will allow one student to attend a performance (show & transportation) * A donation of $150 will allow 15 students to attend a performance (show & transportation) * A donation of $300 will allow an entire class to attend a performance (show & transportation) With your generosity we can reach today’s goal of $7,500. 2020 marks the 18th year for our Stages For All Ages: School Day Series, an annual series of age-appropriate, entertaining and educational live theatre performances for local K-12 students. This program has succeeded beyond our wildest expectations, providing more than 150,000 local school kids with affordable and free access to the arts. Despite this success, rising costs now threaten the program's existence beyond 2020. The Admiral Theatre subsidizes the cost of bringing nationally-touring, professional quality kids shows to Bremerton, making tickets inexpensive and in many cases free. Local school districts absorb the cost of round-trip bus transportation to and from shows. School funding cuts have led to declining show attendance, and schools have cited high transportation costs as a barrier to sending kids to shows. Your generous tax-deductible donation today will help the Admiral Theatre cover show and transportation costs beyond 2020, ensuring this program will continue for many years to come. THANK YOU for supporting the arts and investing in the children of our community. The Admiral Theatre Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. For more information on our Stages For All Ages - School Day Series, visit
2019 End of Year
Your End of Year Donation this year will go directly to providing school bus funding to bring more school children to the Admiral Theatre.

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