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French Theater JBLM
Pendleton Ave
Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA 98433
United States

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Spotlight on French Theater: A Hub of History and Community Engagement at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

A Historic Venue with Modern Purpose

Nestled within the historic boundaries of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, the French Theater stands as a testament to the base's rich cultural and architectural heritage. Originally constructed in the 1950s, the building has seen multiple transformations, adapting to the changing needs of the military community it serves. French Theater is utilized primarily for briefings, presentations, and a variety of ceremonial occasions.

Celebrating Diversity and Achievements

In recent years, French Theater has hosted significant events that reflect the base's commitment to diversity and recognition of service members' achievements. Notable among these was the Hispanic Heritage Month Observance, where Maria Siguenza, the executive director of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs, addressed the troops. This event underscored the theater's role as a focal point for celebrating cultural diversity within the military.

Moreover, the theater has been the venue for award ceremonies, such as when leaders of the Ghost Brigade commended soldiers for their exemplary performance during a rotation at the National Training Center. Each event held at French Theater not only highlights individual and collective accomplishments but also fosters a sense of community and camaraderie among the attendees.

A Revitalized Space for the Community

The renovation of French Theater is part of a broader initiative to enhance the facilities at Fort Lewis. After 15 months and $3.7 million spent on upgrades, the theater now boasts modern amenities while retaining its historical charm. Upgrades include a state-of-the-art Adobe sound system, accessibility improvements in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and comprehensive upgrades to seating, plumbing, and safety systems.

A Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness

Recognizing the importance of mental health and wellness, French Theater also serves as a venue for important town halls and discussions. An example is the “From Military Service to Thriving Veteran” Behavioral Health & Wellness Town Hall, which aimed to educate and connect military members with resources for mental health care. Events like these highlight the theater’s role in supporting not only the physical but also the psychological well-being of service members and their families.

Directions and Contact Information

For those interested in attending events or learning more about the French Theater, directions and additional information can be obtained by contacting the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) department at (253) 967-5200. The theater remains a cornerstone of the community at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, reflecting both its historical significance and its contemporary role in fostering a supportive and engaged military community.

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Clean and spacious.

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