Admiral Theater

2343 California Avenue SW,
Seattle, WA 98116

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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)!

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.

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.

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.

KenLayton
KenLayton on January 9, 2009 at 9:34 pm

My friend, Dave Fazende, who was operating this theater has passed away suddenly. That is the reason it is now operated by Faraway Entertainment.

KenLayton
KenLayton on August 22, 2008 at 8:08 pm

I used to service this theater. Roughly 200 to 225 each house.

blayse
blayse on August 22, 2008 at 9:14 am

Does anyone know the seating capacity for each auditorium?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 15, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Apparently you can’t just copy the original page, as the photos seem to jump around. Here is the Portola again:
http://tinyurl.com/3ygpnv

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 15, 2008 at 4:36 pm

This photo is the same as LM’s on 1/26/07, but apparently it has been colorized. As with the films, not much value to that (in my opinion):
http://tinyurl.com/37bkpy

Davidfox
Davidfox on February 24, 2007 at 8:03 pm

The left auditorium has always seemed wider to me. Optical illusion, I guess. And thanks for the info re the sound in both houses. I believe at first there was stereo (DTS) in just the left house.

KenLayton
KenLayton on February 23, 2007 at 8:13 pm

The left hand house has the DTS sound system (I installed it). The right hand house is Dolby type A stereo running thru a Dolby CP-55 processor.

ColinMarcoe
ColinMarcoe on February 23, 2007 at 7:30 pm

“The larger auditorium”? They are both the same size. When they “twinned” the theatre in 1973, they build a wall straight down the middle, and dropped the ceiling.

Davidfox
Davidfox on February 3, 2007 at 3:13 pm

The larger auditorium has been equipped with DTS sound, but, at least initially, the smaller house remained mono, and may still be. The Admiral has raised ticket prices a couple of times over the past two years, $4.50 at present, charging quite a bit more than Seattle’s only other discount theater, the Crest, which has stayed at $3. The Crest is a more comfortable theater, with two of its four houses stadiumized.

Davidfox
Davidfox on February 3, 2007 at 3:12 pm

The larger auditorium has been equipped with DTS sound, but, at least initially, the smaller house remained mono, and may still be. The Admiral has raised ticket prices a couple of times over the past two years, $4.50 at present, charging quite a bit more than Seattle’s only other discount theater, the Crest, which has stayed at $3. The Crest is a more comfortable theater, with two of its four houses stadiumized.

Davidfox
Davidfox on February 3, 2007 at 2:00 pm

The Admiral was a first-run theater for a brief time after it was twinned. Then Sterling Theaters sold it with the stipulation that subsequent owners could never show first-run movies (and compete with SRO’s South Seattle theaters). So it’s been second-run ever since. It’s strange that a neighborhood as big as West Seattle has no first-run theater. Regal Cinemas had plans at one time to build a multiplex at Westwood Village, but that never happened. An independent exhibitor attempted to lease an empty store there for conversion to a cinema, but the mall management didn’t want a theater there.

Davidfox
Davidfox on February 3, 2007 at 2:00 pm

The Admiral was a first-run theater for a brief time after it was twinned. Then Sterling Theaters sold it with the stipulation that subsequent owners could never show first-run movies (and compete with SRO’s South Seattle theaters). So it’s been second-run ever since. It’s strange that a neighborhood as big as West Seattle has no first-run theater. Regal Cinemas had plans at one time to build a multiplex at Westwood Village, but that never happened. An independent exhibitor attempted to lease an empty store there for conversion to a cinema, but the mall management didn’t want a theater there.

timboy219
timboy219 on January 12, 2007 at 11:42 am

does anyone know when they turned this into a second run theatre?

timboy219
timboy219 on January 12, 2007 at 11:42 am

des anyone know when they turned this into a second run theatre?

chloe
chloe on May 23, 2006 at 12:39 pm

Being the family historian, I was searching for data and memories on my Father’s side and I came across your photos of the Old Admiral. I was so taken by the art work and just how ornate it was in it’s hey day. Every Friday night back in 1959, double feature, admission 25cents, nickel candy, asleep by the 2nd movie. I’m just sorry to see from reading your site, that so many changes were made, but to be expected. Historic buildings are rare and hard to convince local power’s at be, the value for the future. Thanks for the photos….