Coliseum Theater

500 Pike Street,
Seattle, WA 98101

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paulnelson on November 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Yes the elaborate and grand original Coliseum Theatre was made a lot less elaborate and unique around 1950. Something very dramatic about viewing a film there though. Great curtain design and art deco proscenium. Big wide screen too. The auditorium was not deep but wide and one felt very close to the big screen. Probably still my favorite theatre in Seattle. Hope it is restored someday and used for stage presentations. Seattle needs another stage theatre. It just needs a stage.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

What exactly is that supposed to be a link to?

tdickensheets on October 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Banana Republic

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm

The January 6, 1951, issue of Boxofrfice reported that the Coliseum Theatre in Seattle had reopened following a $250,000 remodeling job that had begun the previous August. Much of the theater’s original detailing, designed in 1915 by architect B. Marcus Priteca, had been removed, as had the dome over the theater’s entrance. The architect who was responsible for this desecration of B. Marcus Priteca’s work was… well, B. Marcus Priteca. I guess that’s one of the perils of having a long career as a theater architect.

CSWalczak on October 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

An exterior photo c. 1929 can be seen here.

Tinseltoes on June 20, 2012 at 9:29 am

More Coliseum photos in a 1952 trade article: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes on June 20, 2012 at 7:33 am

The renovated auditorium was featured on the front cover of the September 1, 1951 issue of this trade journal: boxofficemagazine

paulnelson on May 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm

This great theatre was very elegant but was ruined inside about 1950. All the major elaborate trim was removed. Art deco style was installed. Now it is a store. Some of the ceiling and arch still exists above the store ceiling. The elaborate exterior is still the same and was restored. I never saw the orignal interior but went to the second remodel many times. Had lots of style too.

rivest266 on January 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

This opened on January 8th, 1916. Grand opening ad in photo section.

CSWalczak on October 7, 2010 at 11:26 pm

We will never see anything quite like this again; a photo taken on opening day in 1915: View link

TLSLOEWS on December 27, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Did “JIMI HENDRiX” ever play there,he was from there.

TLSLOEWS on December 27, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Good Site. Great name for a Theatre.

CSWalczak on November 3, 2009 at 9:30 pm

A history of the Coliseum with pictures both of the theater and its architect can be found here:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 27, 2009 at 8:14 pm

This is a June 1919 ad.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 6, 2009 at 7:35 pm

A circa 1934 photo is on this website.

seanjung on August 7, 2008 at 3:49 pm

I will always fondly remember this theater. In fact, it was this theater and the Lyric (VOH) in Vancouver that pique my interest in movie palaces of yesteryear. My first visit was to catch a double feature with Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon along with Steve McQueen’s Bullitt. I sat there admiring the theater’s ornate interior even though it has seen better days. Another gem was the Emerald.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 29, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Here is a circa 1920 photo of the theater organ.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 28, 2008 at 11:42 am

This is an updated link for the 1916 photo posted by saps on Aug 3, 2007.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 7, 2008 at 7:32 pm

That is a fascinating set of photos. Thank you for sharing. I have been wondering for years what, if anything, was left of the original interior.

HowardBHaas on September 14, 2007 at 6:59 pm

Thanks for posting those photos! That really contributes to our understanding of the Coliseum, what it was, and what’s left.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 14, 2007 at 6:44 pm

A Moller theater organ opus 1964 size 4/30 was installed in the Coliseum Theater in 1915 at a cost of $12,500.

rcflax on September 12, 2007 at 10:19 pm

Here is a link to the pictures I took in the Mezzanine and Balcony areas of the Theatre, that remain above the Banana Republic Store.

HowardBHaas on September 12, 2007 at 4:41 pm

Great report. Thanks so much! You could post on your photos on a free photo website like and that link that gallery to this page. I’m sure many people would love to see them.

Recent exterior photo by Rob Bender:

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