Embassy Theatre

1409 Third Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98101

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Embassy Theatre exterior

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This theater fascinated me as a child because it had two seperate entrances; one on Third Avenue and one on Union Street. Little did I know it was a down and out palace showing way past their prime movies to whomever would gather up the 50 cents and stagger in.

My first trip inside consisted of two horrible oaters and “And God Created Woman”. I sat through the Westerns twice just to get another look at Ms. Bardot.

It later went even further downhill as a porn palace. It had a small fire inside and they just stuck some tape around the burnt seats and kept the movies rolling.

It is now used as a nightclub.

Contributed by Richard O'Neill

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droben
droben on July 23, 2006 at 1:21 pm

The Embassy has not been demolished. Instead, the theater has been restored as The Triple Door, a nightclub mostly featuring jazz acts. The interior has been restored, leaving the original details on the walls and ceiling. All of the seating has been replaced with tiered seating featuring tables.

Above the theatre is the Wild Ginger restaurant, located in space formerly occupied by a drug store. This space was never a theater. Both the Triple Door and Wild Ginger are owned by the same person and are wildly popular.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm

The Embassy Theatre was built in 1926, and was designed by Seattle architect Henry Bittman, who also designed the Music Box Theatre (1924) and the Roosevelt Theatre (1933.) Bittman was credited as the engineer for the 1914 Liberty Theatre, designed by architect Henderson Ryan. Bittman was licensed to practice architecture in 1923.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on December 24, 2013 at 3:56 am

The Triple Door website includes a short history (which includes photos) of the Embassy Theatre. Here’s the link: http://www.thetripledoor.net/Our-Story/Read-Our-Story.aspx

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