Phoenix Theater

326 West Washington Street,
Phoenix, AZ 85003

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Located at 326 West Washington Street, in Phoenix, Arizona. Housed in what was originally the Dorris Opera House built in the late 19th century. Heavily remodeled over the years and finally torn down.

Upstairs was used by the Elks Club for years. The building was three stories high with offices and two stores on each side at ground level. There was a simple marquee and vertical sign. After entering you had to walk down a long corridor to reach the theater in back.

There was a mural on the ceiling of three North American Indian maidens. Mild Art Deco painted decoration.

Contributed by Ron Heberlee

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acmeron
acmeron on October 1, 2007 at 9:48 am

After looking at my photos of this theater, I see that the three sided marquee had phoenix birds rising from flames at the top. It must have been something else lit up at night.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 16, 2007 at 8:12 am

This 1938 image is supposed to show the auditorium of the Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. But I don’t see any American Indian maidens on the ceiling, so it could be of some other theatre. However, the gals could have been removed for what might be a “modernization” of the original auditorium:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/phoenix01.jpg

DavidPWA
DavidPWA on April 11, 2008 at 2:14 pm

When I was a youing kid my parent would sometimes take us to the Phoenix Theatre. It had to be the early/mid fifties. The theatre had past its prime by then and was somewhat grungy and just plain in need of a good cleaning. I remember it was the only one we could afford. Little kids were 10 cents and adults were 25 cents. Sometimes we walked; must have been winter. Sometimes we must have been wealthy and drove in our old Model A Ford.

It was cool inside and I remember the Indian Maidens on the ceiling. That was a true work of beautiful art except I remember a long crack going through the art work. I wondered forever how they painted that, why and how scary it must have been to be working at such a height.

I remember movies I did not really care for at that tme such as Dancing In The Rain, Meet Me In St. Louis, Wake Of The Red Witch (that one really scared me). I have since come to admire and greatly appreciate these wonderful movies!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 23, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Here is another photo of the Dorris Opera House:
http://tinyurl.com/6aw6xo

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 15, 2010 at 7:17 pm

From the 1940s a postcard view of the Rialto Theater in Phoenix.

theatre_organ_fan
theatre_organ_fan on March 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Does anyone remember the AZTEC, or the AZTECA theatre, that was approximately inthis area of Phoenix??? – DAVE

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