Empire Theater

620 Commercial Avenue,
Anacortes, WA 98221

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Empire Theater building, Anacotes, WA - 2011

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Here is another theater photo that I found. It is the former Empire Theater in Anacortes, Washington. The photo was taken during a 1939 remodel of the theater. I don’t know if the Empire Theater was demolished or not but a jewelry store is located at this address today. Click the link below for the photo.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 15, 2007 at 7:02 pm

This website has some photos of the Empire Theater.

Martineaux on November 9, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Here’s another shot of the Empire
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 9, 2008 at 4:21 pm

That looks like the same photo as the one in the Related Websites link above.

Rachelp on September 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm

From the Anacortes American newspaper, May 3rd 1928: EMPIRE THEATER GETS NEW COLD LIGHT SIGN “Waldo Ives, of the Empire Theater, has erected a new 20-foot Neon sign, it being one of the newest innovations in signs in the northwest, and one that is rapidly supplanting the old electric signs. The sign is made of glass rods filled with gas, and the name Ives in in blue, the word Empire is in red, and the word theater is incandescent lights. It is the first of the new gas signs to be installed in the county.” Skagit county, BTW…and I think Anacortes used to be the county seat.

Rachelp on September 21, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Thanks for posting those photos!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 21, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Here is a new link to the photo posted by Martineaux on Nov 9, 2008. Status should be closed and function is retail.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 13, 2011 at 1:46 am

Though no theater name is mentioned, the following item in the December 20, 1913, issue of Domestic Engineering probably refers to the Empire: “Work is progressing on the fireproof theater, being erected on the corner of Seventh and Commercial Avenues, through the winter.”

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