Elma Theater operator Kingsley Hall dies

Kingsley Stevens Hall Jr., a retired Seattle-area engineer who moved to Elma and operated the Elma Theater as a labor of love for many years, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Shelton. He was 77.

A celebration of his life is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church of Elma. Arrangements are by Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.

In a 2006 Daily World profile, Hall said his experience as an actor, singer and dancer at the Auburn Theater inspired him to buy the theater, which he purchased in 1991.

Hall staged dozens of plays over the years, mostly children’s theater, and struggled to keep the theater open and maintained on his personal retirement income. He considered it a calling to bring theater into the lives of young people and took great pride in the changes he observed in their personalities as they gained confidence from performing.