2343 California Avenue SW,
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Far Away Entertainment (Official)
Operated by: Far Away Entertainment
Architects: Benjamin Marcus Priteca
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Portola Theatre, Admiral Twin Theatre
News About This Theater
- Jul 25, 2014 — Historic West Seattle movie theater facing money woes
- Nov 2, 2007 — West Seattle movie house to be grand again
The neighborhood Portola Theatre was opened in 1919. In September 1924 it was equipped with a Wicks 2 manual, 6 ranks theatre organ which was opened by organist Adelaide Kirkman. In 1927 it was taken over by the Universal Chain Theatrical Enterprises Inc. They operated it until October 1930 when it was taken over by the local Far West Theatres Inc. chain of Seattle. In the early-1940’s it was taken over by the Sterling Theatres chain who employed Benjamin Marcus Priteca, the same architect who created the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, to remodel the theatre. It reopened January 22, 1942 with Alice Faye in “Weekend in Havana”.
Physically intact but compromised by a 1973 remodeling that removed marquee, split the auditorium in half, and changed the balcony into new projection booths. By March 2017 it operates as a four-screen theatre.
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