Woodland Theatre

608 NW 65th Street,
Seattle, WA 98117

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Woodland Theatre

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The Olympic Theatre operated under the name Woodland Theatre for many years. A Kimball theatre pipe organ was installed in 1925.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 13, 2008 at 12:44 am

Compare the current building to the photo above:
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William Creswell
William Creswell on August 23, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Check the address on Google maps. I think it’s the building to the right of the Molly Maguire Pub. It has the same cornice on its facade. Very little else resembles the original theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 23, 2009 at 12:38 am

crackdog is right. The distinctive cornice line of the theater is on the building at 608 NW 65th Street. The Woodland was not in the building Molly Maguire’s is in now, and where the confectionery was located in the 1932 photo, but in the building next door.

From the satellite view and from the Google street view along 6th Avenue NW, it’s clear that this narrow section of the building was only the entrance to the theater, and the auditorium was at right angles to it, with its rear exits on 6th Avenue. The auditorium is still there, and is probably used by Advanced Sign Design, Inc., which occupies all the storefronts from the former theater entrance to the corner.

In any case, whatever the address of the Woodland was in historic times, the former entrance is now clearly numbered 608 NW 65th Street, as can be seen in the Google street view.

I’ve found the Woodland Theatre mentioned in Boxoffice Magazine a couple of times. The December 16, 1950, issue said that Ted H. Wilson had bought the Woodland from John Danz of Sterling Theatres. Then the January 13, 1951, issue said: “Don Wilson, former owner of the Kent (Wash.) theatre, purchased the Woodland in Seattle.” Then on July 14, 1951, came the notice that “Walter Timm, who recently purchased the Woodland Theatre here from Ted Wilson, was on the row….”

The next mention of Walter Timm I can find is from 1957, by which time he was operating a theater in Portland, and there’s no mention of the Woodland. I’ve been unable to find any references to the house when it was the Olympic.

paulnelson
paulnelson on August 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm

This entrance was so much nicer than the present rough stone one. Auditorium looks like it is still intact. Would be nice if someone would restore the whole theatre. A great location for a cinema I would think. Very high end area now. Close to Phinney Ridge Seattle.

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