Press Release: Gesa Power House Theatre to reopen for films on March 12

Gesa Power House Theatre will reopen for film screenings starting Friday, March 12 and continuing for as long as Walla Walla remains in Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Washington recovery plan.

With pandemic restrictions easing, increasing availability of vaccines, and social distancing and cleaning protocols in place, Gesa Power House Theatre is allowed to reopen at 25% capacity under Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start Plan. Seating for each film screening will be capped at 100 patrons. Additional precautions including required mask use and physical distancing between households will be observed. Details can be found at

Joining the Power House team this year as Director of Film Programming is Warren Etheredge, one of the founding faculty of The Red Badge Project, co-founder of the Walla Walla Movie Crush festival of short films, and former curator of the 1 Reel Film Festival at Bumbershoot.

“The Power House will offer movies worth leaving your couch for,” says Etheredge, “Including premieres and unreleased gems, along with exclusive conversations with filmmakers, film subjects, experts, and the audience. I am confident it will be worth the price of admission and the chore of getting dressed.”

Gesa Power House Theatre will be announcing multiple film screenings in the coming weeks. Films will be screened on Fridays at 7:00PM with an encore screening the following Wednesday at 7:00PM. In order to comply with social distancing, all films will be general admission.

First up on Friday, March 12 and again on Wednesday, March 17 will be a screening of the documentary Picture of His Life which is currently opening festivals throughout the world and frequently winning Audience Awards for Best Documentary. The film follows Amos Nachoum, one of the world’s greatest underwater photographers, as he attempts to photograph the elusive polar bear.

Tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) will be available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

Season Sponsors:

    Foundry Vineyards    Walla Walla Union-Bulletin logo

KAPP-KVEW TV, Pacific PowerNorthwest Public Broadcasting, Hayden Homes

Additional support provided by:
Walla Walla County, Port of Walla Walla, City of Walla Walla

Each Coldwell Banker Office is Independently Owned and Operated

About the Gesa Power House Theatre

The historic Gesa Power House Theatre is a 300-seat performing arts venue, located in downtown Walla Walla. The 120-year-old building was once the Walla Walla Gas Plant, built to produce coal gas used to light the streets, businesses, and homes of Walla Walla. In 2011 the Gesa Power House Theatre building was transformed into a state-of-the-art playhouse for live performance. The interior design of the theatre was inspired by Shakespeare’s own intimate Blackfriars Theatre in London, England.

The Gesa Power House Theatre is on the Washington State Building Preservation Commission list of State historic buildings and on the National Register of Historic Places. The venue also hosts a variety of other cultural events, musical concerts, and private events (including weddings).

For additional marketing and media information, including interviews and hi-res images, contact:

Bradley Nelson
Media Contact
Phone: 509.529-6500

Gesa Power House Theatre
111 North Sixth Ave.
Walla Walla, Washington 99362

Season Sponsors

Foundry Vineyards
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin logo Pacific Power logoWW Valley Honda logo

Additional support provided by
Walla Walla County, Port of Walla Walla, City of Walla Walla, City of College Place

Each Coldwell Banker Office is Independently Owned and Operated