Broadway Theatre

201 Broadway,
Seattle, WA 98122

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Broadway Theatre

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Originally opened around 1909 as the Society Theatre, it was re-named Broadway Theatre in 1921 and remodeled in the 1940’s. The Broadway was the centerpiece of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in the early 20th century. People fought hard to keep this theater open. Alas, the efforts failed.

However, the memory of the Broadway remains. The outer facade of the building and the Broadway’s neon-lit marquee were preserved when the building became a Rite Aid drugstore in 1990. It’s kinda weird to drive past the Rite Aid. The traditional Rite Aid sign is mounted on the marquee with the word ‘BROADWAY’ above it.

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kateymac01
kateymac01 on May 21, 2005 at 10:32 am

This theater was originally named the Society Theatre.

droben
droben on October 8, 2005 at 1:07 pm

The Broadway was a long and narrow theater that specialized in foreign films in its final few years before closing. It was operated by Randy Finley’s Seven Gables Theaters and was closed when the Broadway Market Cinemas opened just two blocks north.

GWaterman
GWaterman on December 27, 2005 at 12:26 am

This theatre was around the corner from the first place I lived when I moved to Seattle. I loved the marquee!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 1, 2006 at 11:19 pm

Here are two photos from 1946 and 1948, respectively:
http://tinyurl.com/ksshu
http://tinyurl.com/zekkj

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 6, 2007 at 12:36 am

There are some photos of the Society Theater on this page:
http://tinyurl.com/2kbtnk

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 22, 2008 at 10:54 pm

If you plug in 212 Broadway E. on Google, you will see some nice views of the theater and the marquee. If you use 201 Broadway, you will end up in another neighborhood, for reasons unknown.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm

THE SEATTLE TIMES – January 11, 1990

BROADWAY TO CLOSE The Broadway Theatre on Capitol Hill will close its doors for the last time tonight. The Pay'n Save store next door is scheduled to expand into the theater’s space at the corner of John and Broadway.The Broadway’s last picture show is “We’re No Angels.” It opened as the Society Theater in 1911. Seven Gables Theaters, which has been managing the Broadway for several years, already has moved most of its bookings…

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