Pantages Theater

901 Broadway,
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2016 at 1:50 am

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

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DavidZornig on January 13, 2016 at 7:22 pm

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

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.

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?

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!!!

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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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 23, 2007 at 12:11 am

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

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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kateymac01 on May 22, 2005 at 2:53 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.

teecee on May 17, 2005 at 5:50 am

Complete history & photos:
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kateymac01 on May 2, 2005 at 1:00 pm

Regarding ghamilton’s recent comment: The Temple Theatre is alive and well, but not serving as a movie theater. It is now the Landmark Convention Center at 47 St. Helens Ave. I just submitted the Temple as a new listing for Cinema Treasures, so more details should be coming soon. The Landmark/Temple’s site is

kateymac01 on May 1, 2005 at 12:40 am

This theater was known as the RKO Orpheum from 1930 to 1932.

ghamilton on March 7, 2005 at 6:57 am

I remember viewing TWO FOR THE ROAD at the Roxy,other films at the Rialto across the street.To the S on the same street had been two other fine facilities in ancient time that would bear research.What has happened to the huge Temple Theater two blocks to the North?

ofcbob on March 27, 2004 at 4:36 am

Yet again, a B. Marcus Priteca design

William on February 24, 2004 at 3:31 pm

The Pantages Tacoma Theatre is located at 901 Broadway and was placed on the National Register in 1976. The Pantages operated during the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s as the Roxy Theatre.

gsmurph on February 24, 2004 at 11:09 am

The Pantages is a single-screen theater.

Sean Ryan
Sean Ryan on November 19, 2003 at 9:30 am

The interior of this theater is amazingly similar to the Pantages in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis theater is missing its side boxes and , rear acoutic arch corbels and original lobby though. ( all thanks to Ted Mann, a local hero for some, a destroyer of fine theaters to others.) The Tacoma theater served as a model for restoring the Minneapolis Pantages.

Bill H
Bill H on August 18, 2002 at 8:18 am

Another old theater designed by the great theater architect B. Marcus Priteca.

Kimberly on November 14, 2001 at 12:12 pm

Does anyone know anything about a vaudeville actor that worked with Alexander Pantages by the last name of Shannon? I understand they were close and he was one of the first actors to assist in opening and running the theatre. He was my great-grandfather and I am trying to find any information. Unfortunately I don’t even know his first name. Any help would be greatly appreciated.