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Lynwood Center

47.605694, -122.54725

Lynwood Center is a community of Bainbridge Island, Washington. It is located on the south of the island, at the intersection of Point White Drive NE and Pleasant Beach Drive NE. Lynwood Center contains a number of stores. Lynwood Center is one of three service centers on the Island outside of downtown Winslow; Island Center and Rolling Bay are the other two.

Lynwood Center Timeline

1930s: Edne and Emanuel Olson, a hard-working couple who lived in a Tudor-style house on a hill on the south end of Bainbridge Island, built a Tudor-style shopping center to serve the growing community.

July 3, 1936: Lynwood Theatre opens as Bainbridge Island’s first “talking picture” theatre.

Early 1950s: The Olsons sell the Lynwood Theatre to nephew Glenn and Lucille Nolta, who runs it until 1982 when they sell it to Sam Granato.

1972: Lynwood Center grew into a major commercial area due to the traffic going to and from the ferry to Bremerton, which ran back and forth from the Point White dock up until 1972.

1994: Lynwood Theatre gets an extensive remodel including a modern sound system, a larger lobby and new seats.

1998: After the 5-plex Bainbridge Cinemas was built, Lynwood Theatre changed its name to the Historic Lynwood Theatre.

2002-2003: With Walt’s Lynwood Center Market (known by locals as Walt’s or Walt’s Market) as an anchor tenant, Morrie and Kathy Blossom build Lynwood Commons (commercial downstairs, apartments upstairs), which adds to the walkable village concept of Lynwood Center.

2006: After an extensive rejuvenation, the Lynwood Center lights up for its 70th anniversary.

2007: Local architect Steve Romein and wife Ty Cramer purchase the Lynwood Center building, fully aware of the historic significance and work required to restore it to it’s prime.

2008: Lynwood Center businesses launch an event called A Taste of Lynwood, which includes a street fair and live music. The event draws 2,500-3,000 people.

2009: Steve Romein and Ty Cramer finish an extensive remodel of Lynwood Center.

2011: The Historic Lynwood Theatre celebrates its 75th anniversary. Developer John Jacobi, the founder of Windermere Real Estate, tackles completing the Pleasant Beach complex across the street after buying the note from Whidbey Island Bank who took over the City Bank of Lynnwood’s assets and loans after a FDIC-forced closure, including the Blossom Hill loan.



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