Mystery Theaters

posted by Michael Zoldessy on February 14, 2007 at 5:35 am

Dear Cinema Treasures,

I own and operate the classic film blog, Central Theater, and I’ve got a couple of mystery theaters I’m wondering if your readers can identify for me, as I added them in last week’s article.

The images come from a 1949 trade magazine ad for the Wagner Sign Company of Chicago, IL. All of the photos were taken in 1948 (see:

I’ve positively identified all of the theaters save for two: a picture of the Olympic, which I suspect is what is now the Washington Center for the Performing arts.

The other is an un-named theater where the vertical has been clipped from the photo.

Do any Cinema Treasures readers have any idea what these theaters are positively?

Jack Theakston
Central Theater Blog

Comments (2)

KenLayton on February 14, 2007 at 6:03 am

I live in Olympia, Washington and I can confirm that picture of the “Olympic” is indeed the Olympic theater in Olympia, Wash. It first opened in 1924 as the Liberty Theater. In March of 1948 it was extensively remodeled and the name was changed to the Olympic Theatre. In 1982 it was torn down and the Washington Center For The Performing Arts was built in it’s place. The city of Olympia owns & operates this place now.

William on February 14, 2007 at 4:35 pm

Jack, you posted on your site on the “Fox Theatre in downtown Los Angeles”. That Fox Theatre is located in Hollywood, not downtown Los Angeles.

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