Revilla Theatre

Front Street,
Ketchikan, AK 99901

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 3, 2007 at 3:56 pm

The 1941 and 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook list the Coliseum Theatre;700 seats and the Revilla Theatre;480 seats in Ketchikan, Alaska.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 14, 2008 at 6:41 pm

In 1963 the Revilla was part of the B.F. Shearer theater chain.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 13, 2015 at 7:07 am

The December 14, 1918, issue of The Moving Picture World had an article about Alaska’s movie theaters. It said that L. H. Kubley, who had recently sold his Dream Theatre in Ketchikan, was planning to build a new house in that town. The original Dream Theatre was renamed the Liberty by its new owner, Jack Barbour.

Kubley’s new house was apparently the one that became the Revilla, so the house could have opened in 1919. The name change to Revilla was made in the late 1920s, according to this article about the Kubley family.

The June 21, 1952, issue of Boxoffice had a brief item saying that B. F. Shearer and his associate Lawrence Kubley were taking bids for the construction of a new, 700-seat theater on the site of the Revilla Theatre in Ketchikan. I don’t know if this project was carried out or not. If it was then later editions of the FDY should (but might not) list the house with an increased seating capacity.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 13, 2015 at 8:47 am

Joe: Alaska does not feature in the theatre lists in the 1952, 1955 or 1957 Film Daily Yearbooks.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 13, 2015 at 2:19 pm

I’ve noticed that (at least in the PDFs I have) in some of the editions from the 1950s the FDY’s drop the complete lists of movie theaters they had previously included and provide only lists of theaters operated by chains, which leaves out a lot of independent houses. I hadn’t noticed that they dropped an entire (future) state from the listings.

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