Vashon Theatre owner Eileen Wolcott is asking islanders to help keep an eye on Vashon’s historic, single-screen movie theater.
On Oct. 7, the theater’s box office window was vandalized in the evening hours, with islanders informing Wolcott of the damage shortly after 9 p.m. Nothing was stolen or damaged inside the theater, but Wolcott has now boarded up the window.
The outside box office has not been open during the pandemic, as Wolcott established a pandemic protocol that required audiences to buy seats in advance and then check at the concession area of the theater. However, she said she had been looking forward to re-opening the box office window for the run of “No Time to Die,” the new James Bond movie now playing at the theater. Now, the window has been boarded up — a disappointment for Wolcott, whose business has been severely impacted by the pandemic.
Wolcott said that she hopes islanders will help her keep the historic building safe, as several other acts of vandalism have taken place in the past week.
“Our new downspouts have been smashed and ripped off the building for the second time,” she said. “There’s new graffiti to paint over, teens hanging out on the roof and changing the marquee message.”
She said she hopes that islanders who see anything going on at the theater will call the police, fire department or her.
“We’re working hard to make the theater wonderful,” she said. “It’s discouraging to constantly be fixing senseless acts.”