Ketchikan honors its Coliseum Theater
KETCHIKAN, AK — There has been a Coliseum Theater in this Alaskan town since 1924; the one there now is the Coliseum Twin which replaced the first Coliseum after a fire in 1956 destroyed it; the current one was twinned in 1986.
The theater was recently commended by the local Chamber of Commerce, and this article with a picture of the original theater, reflects upon the cinema’s history.
When presenting the award on Jan. 29, then-incoming Chamber President Kim Glisson said the Coliseum “continues to be the most popular entertainment business in town, showing multiple pictures daily at a variety of times. It’s weathered all kinds of business challenges and the advent of all types of competition, including television and movie rentals from a multitude of sources.
“This is a Ketchikan business of yesterday, today and tomorrow.”