Lowdown in the Hometown: Best Places for Entertainment

One of the things I really love about Bellingham is the plethora of entertainment available on a regular basis. So for this time of the lowdown in the hometown, I thought I’d write about some of my favorite places to go for entertainment!

Best Movie Theater(s)

The Pickford Theater and the Limelight Theater are two independent movie theaters both owned and operated by the nonprofit Pickford Film Center. I really love these theaters and have watched the Pickford Film Center grow from a tiny little theater with terrible seats into the three screen theater it currently is. Mostly, there are independent movies shown on a regular basis but the theaters also do the occasional weekend showings of family movies, different film festivals, and regularly show old sci-fi and noir films. Plus, I’ve recently started volunteering there, giving me even more reasons to love this theater.

Best Live Theater

The Idiom is actually located right behind the Limelight theater in downtown Bellingham and is home to some of the most original productions. It was founded in 2001 and has (in my opinion) thrived as a part of Bellingham culture. There are always an array of amazing and original plays being produced there and the small size of the theater really allows for the audience to be caught in the magic of the performances.

Best Bookstore

Village Books is located in the Fairhaven neighborhood of Bellingham, one that’s not too far from where I grew up. It was renovated and made more modern roughly 11 years ago, losing some of the lovely and homey charm I remember from my childhood. But this independent bookstore still remains one of my favorites to visit. Dogs are always welcome (and treats are at the counter!) and there are author readings, story times, open mics, and so many other events. While this bookstore has drastically changed from the one I remember growing up, it’s still one of my favorite places in Bellingham and favorite bookstores out there.

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