Broadway Theatre

916-18 Broadway,
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Colonial Theatre, Tacoma, Washington in 1916

This theater opened in 1914 as the Colonial Theater. In 1934, it became the Beverly Theater, named after the daughter of Mike Barovic, the theater’s manager.

The building was completely remodeled in 1931, with a shiny black vitrolite and nickel-silver exterior.

The Beverly Theatre was replaced by the Telenews Theatre in 1945. The new owners remodeled the theater and gave it a new neon marquee. The Telenews lasted until 1949. For the most part, it showed newsreels, travelogues and documentaries. In 1949, it became the Broadway Theatre, owned by L.E. Allen. I am unsure how long it ran as the Broadway.

The building was demolished in 1988.

Contributed by Katie Mac

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kencmcintyre on April 18, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Here is a 1940 photo from the Tacoma Public Library:

kencmcintyre on July 7, 2009 at 11:20 pm

The Telenews can be seen in this 1948 photo:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 7, 2010 at 2:34 am

A brief biography of Tacoma architect Roland Borhek credits him with the original 1914 design of the Colonial Theatre, as well as that of the Rialto Theatre in 1918. The PSTOS page chuck linked to misspells his first name.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 7, 2010 at 2:37 am

Actually, the PSTOS page for the Colonial/Broadway doesn’t even mention Borhek. It’s their page for the Rialto that misspells his name.

Trolleyguy on June 30, 2014 at 9:58 am

Was this theater being used by a community theater group in 1963-64? I recall seeing a live production then in a former movie theater downtown.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 30, 2014 at 11:00 am

The Tacoma Public Library doesn’t provide permlinks for photos, so I don’t know if this will work, but if it does this photo should show the Colonial Theatre in 1920.

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