Music Box Theatre
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Tacoma’s grand opera house, the Tacoma Theater, was built in 1889 by the Tacoma Opera House Company and opened Jan. 13, 1890. The elaborate Tudor-style building covered a full city block.
A three-manual Robert Morton theatre pipe organ was installed in the 1920s.
It was remodeled for motion pictures and renamed the Broadway Theater in 1927. More than 20,000 people attended the grand opening on Feb. 4, 1927.
It was renamed the Music Box Theater in 1933. The building was destroyed in a spectacular fire on April 30, 1963. About 100 people were attending a showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” when the fire broke out.
While a movie theater, the Broadway/Music Box attracted big name stars like Ronald Reagan, Lassie, the Barrymores, Al Jolson, and many more.
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