Thank you for your interest in supporting the Admiral Theatre Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. See below for just a few of the many ways you can get involved and help financially support Admiral Theatre operations and ensure we can continue to provide world-class performing arts experiences in the years ahead. Please contact Admiral Theatre Development Director Nita Hartley with any questions at or 360.932.3056.

2019 Capital Project
Help the Admiral Theatre Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit organization) raise $5,000 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 this year will help support the Admiral Theatre’s Mermaid Mural Preservation. The mermaids and undersea life on our auditorium walls are under constant assault by leaks and water damage seeping into our interior walls over the last 21 years since the murals were painted. Designed and hand-painted by Evergreene Painting Studios of New York City, the murals were first commissioned in 1997 at a cost of $125,000. In order to preserve these murals for future generations - and improve our interior displays with a new historical photographic display in our mezzanine lobby - the Admiral Theatre Foundation is raising $323,000 to paint and seal the theatre’s exterior, retouch the interior murals, and install the new historical display. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us ‘Save The Mermaids’ and preserve an important part of Bremerton’s arts and cultural heritage.

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 amid a backdrop of economic depression and urban blight, is not only the story of a successful, decades-long public-private partnership between the Admiral Theatre Foundation and the City of Bremerton, but it’s 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.

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 29 amazing live performances each season (value $4,700).

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.

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.

Bremerton’s Admiral Theatre is looking to fill this education gap by offering local parents and K-12 students a variety of inexpensive, subsidized and free arts awareness and education opportunities including:

Sponsorship Opportunities

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Admiral Theatre Foundation relies on the generosity of our season, series and show sponsors. From financial support to providing in-kind products and services, our sponsors help us attract a wide variety of world-class national and international acts to our historic stage, while keeping ticket prices affordable.

The Admiral Theatre offers exceptional opportunities to partner with you in supporting the performing arts. Recognized as Kitsap's premier live entertainment and events venue, the Admiral Theatre fills a vital need in our community's cultural arena by attracting world-class shows and events.

Become a partner with the Admiral Theatre and receive recognition as a civic leader that supports the arts. You will receive access to a diverse audience of over 50,000 people annually and exposure to a bold and adventurous performing arts season. We offer full season sponsorships, series sponsorships, and a variety of single show sponsorship opportunities to match your interests and budget. 

For more information about sponsorship opportunities and benefits contact our Development Director, Nita Hartley, at 360.373.6810. 

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