Sunset Theater

2502 Sixth Avenue,
Tacoma, WA 98406

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The Sunset Theater was built in 1919 by Louis Perunko. The building is now occupied by Speedy Auto Glass.

One report I found says the Sunset Theater had a seating capacity of 400 people on opening night.

I do not know when this theater closed, but I do know that it was alive and well in the 1950s.

Contributed by Katie Mac

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ghamilton
ghamilton on May 12, 2005 at 4:39 pm

In the 80’s it was a Safelite Glass store.I was in the bldg quite a few times.The original parts that were left from theater days were the quaint restrooms.A few other little touches were there if you looked hard.The auditorium area was really GUTTED.Trucks could come in the rear entrance.The outside still looked like a theater.

KenRoe
KenRoe on May 12, 2005 at 4:45 pm

Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook, 1950 edition as having a seating capacity of 481.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 2, 2005 at 2:31 pm

A Wurlitzer organ Opus 235 Style 135B was installed in the Perunke (could be Perunko) Theater aka Sunset on 10/31/1919. Status of organ: Sold.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 3, 2007 at 6:48 pm

The aka name should be Perunke Theater. The Wurlitzer was moved in 1942 to the Emanuel Tabernacle in Seattle, Washington.

kateymac01
kateymac01 on November 17, 2008 at 10:43 am

This is no longer the glass shop. It’s a home decor store called Posh Home.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 17, 2008 at 10:58 am

I don’t know when the name of this theater changed but it is listed as the 550 seat Sunset Theater in 1930.

vanessavancuren
vanessavancuren on October 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm

For the record, I just signed a lease for this building. The gentleman that owned Safelite Glass is still the owner. The most interesting unique original features remaining exist upstairs at the front of the building. There’s an (original?) mezzanine area consisting of approximately 900 sqr feet. The doors, handles, trims, windows, flooring, and the old electrical box/panel are all original or very vintage. There’s even a large window type feature with a barn door that opens and allows you to look over the theater area. The concrete outside the front door is still stamped Sunset Theater. The walls have art deco shaped insets in places still, and some of the red theater carpet can still be found leading upstairs. I’m going to do my best to learn as much as I can about the history of the building and preserve any and all original details possible during my tenancy.

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