Music Hall Theatre

702-710 Olive Way,
Seattle, WA 98101

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The Music Hall was originally planned to be named the Mayflower Theatre, but opened on April 19, 1929 as the Fox Theatre, with “Broadway Melody”. Designed by architect Sherwood D. Ford, in 1930 the name was changed to Roxy Theatre, before being renamed Music Hall Theatre in 1936. In 1967 it became the 7th Avenue Theatre.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, it became the Emerald Place Dinner Theatre. It was razed in 1991-92.

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William
William on May 4, 2006 at 11:07 pm

The Music Hall Theatre was once operated by Evergreen State Amusement Corp., which was one of the subsidiaries of Fox Theatres and later National General Theatres.

William Creswell
William Creswell on July 25, 2006 at 9:59 pm

I was lucky to get to see this theatre just before it was demolished. I had just moved to town and went by it everyday while looking for a job. I took some photos of it during the demolishion. I went by almost every day and watched the building slowly come down. It was a SOLID building! It wasn’t easy for the men to bring down. A fighter till the end. Two of the original urns that decorated the roof of the building were recently placed in a park just a few short blocks from where the theatre once stood. The park is next to I-5 on Pine.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 20, 2009 at 8:09 pm

A history of the theater from opening to closing can be found here:
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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 8, 2010 at 6:30 am

Demolition photo from 1992: View link

Gooper
Gooper on December 21, 2010 at 2:53 am

I worked at the Music Hall in its last sad incarnation under Jack McGovern in 1983. It was the absolute end of an era, and I’m glad I could hop on for a time. I helped get dancers into the old organ elevator that raised them onstage.

The house was famous for two ghosts: a construction worker with a hardhat way up on the balcony, and a woman who screamed in the lobby after hours.

RIP

ghamilton
ghamilton on November 16, 2011 at 12:31 am

I saw BULLITT there 1st run.They had a movie Mustang in the lobby.Very sad about this place going down.

Adam_Tate
Adam_Tate on December 8, 2011 at 7:15 am

I’ve created a face book page for the follies. I was a dancer.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-McGoverns-Musical-Hall-Follies/118880894826951

rivest266
rivest266 on January 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Grand opening ads from April 19th, 1929, May 4th, 1934 and May 26th, 1967 has been posted here.

paulnelson
paulnelson on May 26, 2012 at 3:05 am

This beautiful theatre was always dramatic and elaborate. The lobby was large and had stained glass all over. Like a fantastic fantasy movie set just walking in. Saw many films there and it was called The Music Hall most of it’s years. Should still be part of Seattle’s theatre district.

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