Latest history of the Skyline Theatre

Taken in Skyline Theater’s heydey, a group has formed with the hope of purchasing and renovating the former theater.

PINEDALE – Joe Sondgeroth, not his dad Walt, is the plumber in the family who bought the

old Skyline Theater building to house his shop to run Walt’s Plumbing and Heating. Joe worked

into 40 percent of his dad’s business in the 1970s; several years later he arranged to buy the other

60 percent while renting Walt’s old shop. Walt passed away in 1979.

One day, realtor Larry Looney approached Joe about buying the Skyline from Joe and Madalen

Lunbeck, which Sondgeroth did.

“With a lot of imagination and hard work, I turned it into someplace in town I could work out

of,” he added. He continued doing business there as Walt’s Plumbing.

The newly launched Skyline Theater Project, administered by the nonprofit Sublette Group

for Community Initiative, met Tuesday, Dec. 11, to discuss the board and project committee’s

plans to buy the vacant building by next June.

The goal is to purchase, renovate and revive the historic Skyline Theater as a space for Pinedale’s

distinct culture, history and artistic identity to benefit the community and visitors.

For more information about volunteering or donating to the Skyline Theater Project, contact

Kate Dahl at [email protected]

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