Pantages Theater

901 Broadway,
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Roxy Theatre exterior

Built as a vaudeville theater in 1917 by Alexander Pantages, the Pantages Theater was opened in January 1918 with 1,303 seats. It was converted into a movie theater in 1932. After years as a first run movie house (under the moniker of the Roxy Theater), the theater closed.

In 1978, the former Pantages Theater underwent renovation and finally reopened in 1983 for stage shows and concerts. Today, the Pantages Theater is again one of the best places in the area for live events.

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kateymac01 on May 22, 2005 at 10:53 am

The Pantages operated as the Roxy until 1978 when it was closed to be renovated. My father took my older brothers and sisters to see “Star Wars” there in May 1977.

Lostnyc on June 23, 2007 at 6:06 am

What about the Pantages in Seattle? Why isn’t it on this site?

I have one of the large terra cotta lions that held up the marquee

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 23, 2007 at 8:11 am

Randall: The Seattle Pantages is here under the name Rex Theatre.

HowardBHaas on August 31, 2007 at 8:17 pm

8-27-07 photo by Rob Bender of exterior especially vertical blade sign:
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Simon Overton
Simon Overton on March 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm

On last nights Fox TV News, they devoted several very interesting minutes to show viewers the in’s and out’s of this lovely old palace.

As Tacoma is within a reasonable drive from the Portland, OR., area, my wife and I plan to see a show this coming weekend. Yup!!!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm

How did B. Marcus Priteca’s first and middle names get reversed in the architect field?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 21, 2011 at 10:07 am

A four-page article about the remodeling of the Roxy Theatre, formerly the Pantages, appeared in Boxoffice of October 22, 1955. The remodeling project was designed by the architectural firm of Carlson, Eley, Grevstad.

DavidZornig on January 14, 2016 at 3:22 am

01/19/26 exterior photo courtesy of the Tacoma Public Library.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2016 at 9:50 am

Linkrot repair: The October 22, 1955, Boxoffice article about the remodeling of the Roxy is now at these links:

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