Admiral Theatre

2343 California Avenue SW,
Seattle, WA 98116

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Admiral Twin Theatres exterior

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This neighborhood theatre was designed by the same architect who created the Hollywood Pantages. It opened 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.

Contributed by John Dodd

Recent comments (view all 39 comments)

CSWalczak on October 7, 2010 at 11:38 pm

A picture from 1942 that I do not think has been previously posted: View link

Dennis Noson
Dennis Noson on October 11, 2010 at 10:57 am

Thanks all for posting these photos and historical details.

I remember the Admiral from 1952, when I was in 1st grade, and would look out at night from a second floor window at my grandma’s house, mesmerized by the deco neon lights of the theater.

I would love it if anyone has night photos showing the neon “mast”… the P-I photo and other marquee photos do not reveal its true captivating character.

rivest266 on January 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Grand opening ad from January 22nd, 1942 and May 23rd, 1973 (as twin) has been posted in the photo section.

markinthedark on September 5, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Still running 35mm. Word is they have a plan to create a 1st run 4-Plex out of it, but no financing in place for the upgrades and equipment.

markinthedark on February 28, 2015 at 9:49 am

Looks like the Admiral will finally go digital and convert into a 4-plex.

RickB on June 1, 2015 at 5:58 pm

Blog post with an ad from the day after the opening and a circa 2011 picture here.

pnelson on June 11, 2015 at 7:46 pm

This theatre once had lots of style. No more. Exterior and lobby still is somewhat original. It is a first run house now however. Could be worse. It could be closed.

markinthedark on July 14, 2015 at 10:47 am

Went to see Jurassic World with the new projection and the image was terrific and the sound was great as well. Was also nice to see that the screen masking was properly placed for the new 2:1 aspect ratio J.W. used. I am curious to see how the remodeling will be continued. This is a great first step.

JackCoursey on December 8, 2015 at 7:41 pm

Really wish they would dispense with the curtains on the wall as well as the drop ceiling. Here are photos of the auditorium when it was a single screen venue.

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