By Brock Hires
When one thinks of going to the movie theater, thoughts of the latest pop culture trends often come to mind, accented with a blissful scent of fresh, buttery popcorn.
But for Levi Schluneger (who grew up in Pateros), and Emily Buzzard (who grew up in Omak), the Omak Theater will have a lifelong, deeper meaning.
There were no lights, camera or action, but rather two simple words: I do.
On April 1, 2023, the two joined hands in marriage in what would become the first wedding ever to take place in the theater.
“The wedding was the first one held at the Omak Theater,” said Cozette Buzzard, mother of the bride. “Emily and Levi wanted a unique venue for their wedding and also a date that was easy to remember; so, they chose April Fool’s Day.”
Once the couple set the date and chose the venue, they reached out to Maria Lassila.
“The bride’s family and our family have been friends for decades,” said Lassila of Omak and Mirage Theater. “So, it was a happy coincidence that the date chosen for the wedding was also the 47th anniversary of my parents buying the Omak Theater.”
“April Fool’s Day twice being a special day was quite the coincidence,” she said. “I had pondered over the last few years what sort of special events could be held in the theater, which is in the process of being placed on the Washington Heritage Register. I had actually wondered if someone might be interested in getting married there, although I had no idea who that might be.”
“Emily and Levi said that their wedding was perfect,” Cozette Buzzard said. “The guests expressed the same sentiment and were impressed by the beauty of the theater.” ♦
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