Pantages Theater

901 Broadway,
Tacoma, WA 98402

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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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 13, 2007 at 8:25 am

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976

Pantages Theatre *** (added 1976 – Building – #76001902)
Also known as Jones Building;The Roxy
901 and 909 Broadway, Tacoma
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Priteca,Benjamin Marcus
Architectural Style: Other, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Area of Significance: Architecture, Invention, Entertainment/Recreation, Commerce
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Auditorium, Theater
Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 25, 2007 at 3:54 pm

Here is a 2007 photo of Pantages Theater.

Lostnyc on June 22, 2007 at 10:06 pm

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 12:11 am

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

HowardBHaas on August 31, 2007 at 12:17 pm

8-27-07 photo by Rob Bender of exterior especially vertical blade sign:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 12, 2009 at 7:47 am

Here is some additional history of the Pantages Theater.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on March 23, 2010 at 9:45 am

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 5:11 am

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 2:07 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.

Tinseltoes on June 25, 2012 at 8:33 am

“Before and after” photos of the Roxy’s marquee can be seen in this 1940 trade ad: boxofficemagazine

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