Admiral Theater

2343 California Avenue SW,
Seattle, WA 98116

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Pier 2 front

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This neighborhood theater was designed by the same architect who created the Hollywood Pantages.

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

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AAAlexander
AAAlexander on February 21, 2009 at 8:23 am

I used to attend the Saturday double features at the Admiral in the 1950s. I have so many fond memories of the Admiral. Because it was such a huge part of my childhood I want to create a scrapbook page about the Admiral for my heritage scrapbook. Does anyone have any photos they are willing to share with me of the auditorium ceiling before the twining? I remember the beautiful light with the compass theme and the signs of the zodiac. I pray they just covered that up with a dropped ceiling and didn’t remove it. What about the mural paintings on the auditorium walls before they hung the gastly curtins over them? Any asistance anyone can offer will be greatly appreciated.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 21, 2009 at 8:40 am

Interesting. They added it to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, even though the original architecture was covered up in the 1940’s. Ironically that designation probably saved the structure.

Tappy
Tappy on March 12, 2009 at 3:11 pm

This message is for A Alexander…I could have written the same article!!!!!! Loved to hear that someone remembered that beautiful light in the auditorium with the signs of the zodiac.Sorry to say, I have no photos. I still live in the area & go there from time to time….alot of the theater is still the same. Yes, those were some great times…I went to the admiral almost every saturday for the double feature & would come out of there blinded by the light!! I hope you will find someone who has some photos…keep me posted.

ColinMarcoe
ColinMarcoe on March 30, 2009 at 9:08 am

Also for A. Alexander…There is a nice interior photo on display at the Seattle Architecture Society under the Rainier Bank Plaza downtown, 3rd level. It’s a photo of the auditorium before it was twinned, probably just as you remembered it. A part of the ceiling and full mural on the wall are visable. It may be what you are looking for (if they can provide you a reprint of it)!

ColinMarcoe
ColinMarcoe on April 28, 2009 at 11:52 am

Great 1982 photo! Note the parking sign with arrows. Back when there was PLENTY of FREE parking across the street, instead of condos and retail now.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 7, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Another view of concession stand with mural behind it: View link

CSWalczak
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
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.

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