Columbia City Theater

4916 Rainier Avenue South,
Seattle, WA 98118

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Columbia City Theater

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The Columbia Theater opened around 1923. In its last use as a movie theatre it had been renamed Rainier Cinema, screening adult movies.

Since closing, the front of the former theater was used by the Columbia City Gallery, and is now a restaurant. The auditorium was used as a recording studio and is now a cabaret space.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 27, 2005 at 10:40 pm

This website has a “Then” and “Now” photo of the former Columbia Theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 1, 2006 at 3:00 am

Here is a 1957 photo of the Columbia:
http://tinyurl.com/pnxhd

Davidfox
Davidfox on February 14, 2007 at 9:34 pm

The Columbia Theater, now dubbed the Columbia City Theater (which causes confusion with the Columbia City Cinema down the street), is a restaurant in the front and a cabaret in the old auditorium. In its final days it was a porn house. The name changed to Rainier Cinema toward the end. The 1930 photo on the website mentioned above was actually taken about 1949; the movies on the marquee came out that year.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 2, 2009 at 3:17 am

Here is a website for the Columbia City Theater. Might as well get rid of the Related Websites link above since the photo is no longer there.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 2, 2009 at 6:32 pm

COOL THAT THE PLACE IS STILL BEING USED.TOO BAD THERE ARE NOT ANY OLD PICTURES,BUT THE NEW ONES LOOK LIKE THEY HAVE KEPT THE HOUSE UP!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 2, 2009 at 6:54 pm

One old photo coming up. The library claims that this photo is from 1929 but it is most likely from 1950.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Thanks for the new old photos.

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