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Allied Arts Building Demolished After Almost 70 Years Of Serving Community

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 YAKIMA, WA.- The Allied Arts Building in stood its ground for almost 70 years in Gilbert Park in Yakima, but this afternoon dozens gathered as their beloved theatre was torn down. 

The Warehouse Theatre Company has been performing at the Allied Arts Building for years.

Theatre President, Gary Gresham, said it was an emotional day; the building had been like a home to him and his fellow actors for years. 

“It was absolutely home, but home is where the people are, the relationships we build here with other people and with our patrons, that's what really matters,” Gresham said.

Over a year ago the building was inspected by the City of Yakima and it was deemed an unsafe structure, it's been closed ever since.

Allied Arts officials worked for months trying to raise the money to save the building, unfortunately their efforts weren't enough, the historic building was torn down early Saturday morning, but many still have hope for the future of the arts in Yakima.

“I'm hopeful that a new arts organization will take root in the Yakima Valley to replace the valuable organization of the Allied Arts,” Allied Arts Council President Meredith Bruch said.

Several members of the Warehouse Theatre Company told us it was a sad day, but they're happy to know they'll be able to continue their work in the community.

“The Warehouse Theatre Company is not going away. We're dedicated to finding a new home. We continue to do five shows a year in other venues, in fact today the buildings coming down but tonight we're playing to a sold out house,” Gresham told us.

The demolition cost an estimated 100,000 dollars; they're expecting to have all the debris cleared within a week.

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