Coliseum Theater (Seattle)
The Coliseum Theater on a winter day.
|Location||5th Ave. and Pike St., Seattle, Washington|
|Architect||Priteca, B. Marcus|
|Architectural style||Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Second Renaissance Revival|
|NRHP reference #||75001854|
|Added to NRHP||July 7, 1975|
|Designated SEATL||January 17, 1978|
The Coliseum Theater, a former cinema in Seattle, Washington, opened January 8, 1916. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, and is also an official Seattle city landmark. Designed by B. Marcus Priteca, it was Seattle's first theater built specifically for showing movies, and was one of the first cinemas anywhere to strive for architectural grandeur. When it opened, it was advertised as "the world’s largest and finest photoplay palace." In 1931, the Journal of the Royal Institute of Architects called it "the first of the world's movie palaces."
The exterior features elaborate terra cotta work, and the original interior was comparably ornate. When it opened in the silent film era, it boasted a 7-piece orchestra plus an organist; the giant organ was made by Moller, and the musicians—all Russians—were reputed to be the highest-paid movie theater musicians in the country. Anita King attended the opening night to give a speech dedicating the theater.
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