Alaska Theatre

514 Second Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98104

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm

William Creswell is correct. The 1914 article Tinseltoes linked to and the opening ad currently displayed at the top of our page pertain to the second Alaska Theatre, located (as the ad says) “between Spring and Seneca” on Second Avenue. The address 514 Second is between Yesler Way and James Street, several blocks farther south.

William Creswell
William Creswell on August 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

There’s some confusion here. There were two Alaska Theaters in Seattle. The one for this page was located at 514 2nd Ave. There was another located at 1114 2nd ave. The 1114 address is the 3 story building in the pictures with this article. They are in the wrong place. The 1114 building was later called the Strand.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 14, 2012 at 6:04 am

The 1914 article was from Moving Picture World, not Boxoffice (which didn’t exist at the time).

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 13, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Looking at that photo from the Boxoffice Archive, I doubt very much that the building faced with gray tiles in Silicon Sam’s comment of 03-01-2010 is what survives of the Alaska. The archived article’s photo shows a three-story building, and there is evidence that there was an old painted sign on the building to left of gray-tiled building. I think any real traces of the Alaska are gone.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 13, 2012 at 9:44 am

Described in this 1914 trade article: archive

rivest266
rivest266 on January 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I post the grand opening ad from May 12th, 1914 grand opening ad in the photo section.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Great 1910 photo.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm

This little building has survived for a hundred years. It should have a plaque.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on August 21, 2009 at 11:24 pm

I was just going for the decoration on the column, but this is likely the exact spot of the theater, to the right of the restaurant then.

HERE

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on August 21, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Compare the detail on the column in the Google Street View with the 1910 photo in the first post. Pretty Cool…. Either original or made to look like the original.

STREET VIEW

William Creswell
William Creswell on August 21, 2009 at 6:48 pm

The building is located between the Collins Building and The Smith Tower. I believe the original building still exists but nothing that resembles a theater remains.