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Revitalization of Pullman Cinema History Headlines Redevelopment

It was a snowy and cold winter day in Pullman last year when Kristin Lincoln and Tracie Brelsford stepped foot into the near century old building on Pullman’s Main Street.

“I remember standing on the marquee and thinking, I’m going to walk in here and there are going to be rats and things falling down and the whole place is going to be a disaster,” Lincoln said. “And then we walked in and it wasn’t. At all.”

Lincoln and Brelsford are part of a group that is working to restore the Audian Theatre, an old movie house situated on Pullman’s Main Street. It is part of a larger trend of development in the area with the new Naughty Dog Coffee Shop opening up next door and Evolve on Main under construction.

The Audian Theatre originally opened in 1930 and served as Pullman’s movie theatre for decades. In the early 2000’s when the Village Center Cinema opened up across town, the building was shut down and has remained that way since.

One major reason that the space has stayed dormant is the leasing situation in the area. US Bank has leased most of the block, including the Audian Theatre as well as a parking lot, from a family living in Spokane. When Lincoln’s group originally approached the bank about redeveloping the Theatre space, they were quoted at $12,000 a month.

Lincoln then decided to get in contact with the family in Spokane and figured out that the lease with US Bank will be up in a few years. Discussions were positive on opportunities for a new lease on the Audian and Lincoln is hopeful that a deal will be figured out in early 2018.

The project has achieved even more significance with the recent cuts to the Washington State University Arts Department. Lincoln had originally planned to partner extensively with WSU Performing Arts but after the cuts said that they need to refocus a little.

“For us, we are looking at it as an emphasis to show that WSU may be willing to cut performing arts but the city of Pullman is not,” Lincoln said. “It is very important for us to be able to show this community that there is still support for the Performing Arts and that now more than ever, we need this facility.”

If all goes well Lincoln says that they want to try and re-open the Theatre in five years at the earliest. She says that despite the building’s old age and inactivity, the architecture is still intact and a building upgrade from back in the 1990’s alleviates some of the concerns around redevelopment.

The Audian project is far from the only new development taking place on Main Street. Right next door, the Naughty Dog Coffee Shop opened its doors over Dad’s Weekend.

It is a quaint shop with coffee cups lining the walls and small tables on the right side to encourage a sense of closeness with the other person at the table. Steven Mislosky, the general manager of the store, is at the forefront of the operation.

“Steam it and pour in whipped cream. Put some sprinkles on top,” Mislosky instructs his coworker as they craft one of the drinks on the menu.

“We wanted to do a self operated dog wash but they did not allow us to do that. So we found this space and came up with the cafe idea and wanted to keep it dog friendly and pet friendly,” Mislosky said.

The shop has performed well in it’s opening week and Mislosky is hoping that Evolve on Main, the new apartment building two stores down, will bring even more people in. He says he is excited about projects like the Audian and Evolve that could bring more traffic through the shop. Overall he says that Pullman has a lot of perks downtown for developers.

“Everything is easy to walk to. There is a great bus route system so even if you don’t have a car you can get down here fairly easily,” he said. “Really it’s a sense of community. No one [store owners] is really rude to one another.”

That sense of community has been echoed by the Pullman Chamber of Commerce and it’s Executive Director Marie Dymkoski.

“In the last year and a half we started the Town Gown collaborative…It was an opportunity for leaders from the city, from business and from the university to come together and talk,” she said. “We are also creating a downtown association with the businesses downtown. Many of the business owners haven’t even met other business owners two doors down from them.”

This communication has lead to new activities downtown like music on Main Street and more events could be on the way.

There are still many challenges to developing in downtown Pullman. Dymkoski cites a transient atmosphere with many people coming and going, especially college students who leave when they finish school, as a challenge for businesses.

But she also sees Evolve on Main as a needed shot in the arm for downtown with a large influx of residents when the apartment building opens in fall of 2018 and she is excited about the prospects of a revitalized Audian Theatre.

“I think it would be so amazing. I know it’s crazy but I think of Manhattan in New York and thinking about Broadway and how driven people are to go to that area,” she said. “The downtown businesses want to be known as an arts and entertainment district.”

Within the next five to ten years, Pullman could have a much different look to greet people as they enter downtown and developments like the Audian, the Naughty Dog Coffee Shop and Evolve on Main are playing a big role in the change.

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Introduction: Introduce the Audian Project.

Body: Continue on the Audian Project and transition to Naughty Dog Coffee Shop.

Conclusion: Bring in the perspective of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce and Pullman’s outlook.

 

Sources:

Marie Dymkoski (Pullman Chamber of Commerce Executive Director)

marie@pullmanchamber.com

Kristin Lincoln (Audian Project Head)

production_manager@pullmancivictheater.org

Steven Mislosky (GM of Naughty Dog Coffee Shop)

Contacted via Naughty Dog Facebook Page

ndcoffeepullman@gmail.com

 

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Interviewing Eddie: Journey through WSU Sport Management

Kevin and EddieInterviewing Eddie Chavez was a fun experience. The recording didn’t take long once the cameras started rolling, but a lot of time was spent on setting up the cameras to get the angles that I wanted. We filmed it in the studio in Cleveland Hall but it only provides a wide side camera on both the interviewer and the interviewee. We positioned two cameras to get close ups of both people and we also spent a good amount of time making sure that the opposite camera wasn’t visible in the shot.

In order to reach the viewing audience of those who either graduated from the WSU Sport Management program or those who are interested in the program, I decided to focus my questions on the experiences that Eddie has had outside of class that the program helped him get. I wanted to show prospective students the kinds of opportunities that they can expect if they come to the school and program. That lead us to talking about his experience working WSU athletics including baseball and tennis.

After the interview, I asked him where I could get some b-roll to supplement the interview. Luckily, he was working a tennis match the following weekend. When we filmed, we were positioned right next to the bouncy house which made the sound from the camera almost unusable. I decided to record some ambient sounds on my phone to supplant the footage if needed.

The editing process was simple. I had three different camera angles to work with as well as some different b-roll shots. We synced the audio when we filmed so it was easy to get all the video clips to match up. From there it was a matter of deciding what questions to include to meet that 1:30 length requirement. I had about four minutes of footage. There were a few times where Eddie had some long pauses and “ums” that I was able to cut out to make the video flow better and shorten the time. Overall, I am proud of my final video. I enjoyed filming and I feel that the final product flows well and provides an interesting story to viewers.  I also learned a lot about how to conduct a good interview. You can watch the video below:

 

Opportunities Abound: Life after WSU Sport Management

The second annual WSU Sport Management Career Exploration Fair took place last Friday and gave students the opportunity to network with professionals in the field. This year’s event saw a number of different organizations represented including the Seattle Seahawks, Spokane Indians, WSU University Recreation and more. The event allowed students to tailor the day’s schedule to the specific field they have interest in. Students could focus on high school sports, international sports, social media and other important sport management fields. Most importantly students were able to network with people in their prospective field to get tips and tricks as well as opportunities for employment.

Students usually want to go work for a major sports team after they graduate but that isn’t usually a likely opportunity. The Speaker from the Spokane Indians outlined some of the opportunities that their organization can provide to current students or those just leaving the school. In some ways it can be more important for those fresh out of college to go and work for small market teams like the Indians. Large organizations generally aren’t able to provide as much hands on experience as those in the lower minor leagues because there are much less people on staff and they have interns wear a number of different hats besides the main one that they applied for in the internship. Not only do the players from those small market teams go on to bigger and better things, so do many of the interns.

For those who are interested in working with a professional team, students were able to pick the brains of college alumni to find out how they were able to find opportunities. Duncan Jensen was a former student and has now found himself working in sales with the Phoenix Suns. He was able to provide professional and practical tips from the viewpoint of a former student.

The Sport Management program seems to be following in the steps of the Murrow College which has hosted the Murrow Symposium for 42 years, and the Career Exploration Fair looks like it will be a college staple for years to come. While it may not get as much recognition on social media as the Symposium, with a wide range of experiences represented there should be something for every student at the fair.

 

 

The “Bubble” Continues to Host WSU Athletics

The Bubble Indoor Track Facility at WSU
The Bubble at WSU. Photo Credit to Geoff Crimmins of the Moscow Pullman Daily News.

The Washington State University Track and Field team will be hosting the 2017 Cougar Indoor Invitational track and field meet this weekend at the Indoor Track Facility building, commonly referred to as the bubble. While the building has been around for nearly fifteen years, it wasn’t actually expected to stand that long when it was first constructed.

The structure was completed and opened at the end of 2002, after being approved for construction in 2001, at the cost of $9.7 million. It was meant to be a temporary facility instead of constructing the planned brick building that would have cost $14 million.

WSU has discussed replacing the facility in the past, including a Board of Regents meeting in 2015 to discuss whether the building should be replaced with a more permanent facility. Yet the bubble still stands as a building that was supposed to be a stopgap until something better could be constructed, but has now been in use for nearly fifteen years.

In the article, written for the Moscow Pullman Daily News, the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at WSU, John Johnson said that “The footing for the facility and air-supported structure was constructed with the thought of a permit building being installed in its place”.

Like Johnson, many people in the WSU community expected the bubble to be replaced more quickly including some people on twitter who posted about a replacement as far back as 2013. That year, the Cougar Athletic Fund became more aggressive in showing the plans for not just constructing a new facility to replace the bubble, but other improvements to things like the Soccer Complex and Baseball Clubhouse.

With the WSU Athletic Department struggling with a budget deficit, the bubble may hang around for longer than many people would like. For now, the bubble will continue to stand and host WSU track and field events and meets including the 2017 Cougar Indoor Invitational this weekend.

Course Expectations

My expectations for this class are to learn how to create and manage a website like a sports organization would. It is very important to know how these different website and social media elements come together to create a strong online presence. So much of today’s world centers around how you can sell yourself or your business online and I am hoping that this class will teach me how to do that effectively. We have already learned things that I hadn’t even thought about before like the F-Design for websites that makes it more engaging to viewers. Those are the sorts of things that I hope to learn in this class.

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