Roycroft Theatre

708 19th Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98122

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Roycroft Theatre

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Opened in 1925, the Roycroft Theatre is still standing, but is now used for office space.

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DennisNyback
DennisNyback on November 17, 2002 at 2:26 pm

The Roycroft has long been the home of the Russian Center. The sloped floor auditorium was leveled out and a hard wood dance floor installed. On the North exterior wall you can still read a sign that says WHY PAY DOWNTOWN PRICES? WAIT AND SEE IT AT THE ROYCROFT

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 25, 2007 at 3:17 pm

This is a ca. 1932 photo of the Roycroft Theater.

JCL
JCL on August 30, 2007 at 1:42 pm

Thanks for the info comment by ‘DennisNyback’ and the great early
photo by Lost Memory. I have just recently signed on to this great site. Starting to leave some comments, etc. The Roycroft was a great find, as I have not been able to find in past. I was born and raised in Seattle, down just a few blocks from the Roycroft. It was the first movie house I was ever in. My young aunt, (more like a sis) always took me with her. My memories of the theatre are very few, (I was just 7 when we left Seattle). The early movie experience must have rubbed off on me, as I started working theatres at age (14) in Sacramento, Ca. and spent some 25 years in theatre
management. Thanks Cinema Treasures.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 14, 2007 at 7:05 pm

A Robert-Morton theater organ size 2/5 was installed in the Roycroft Theater in 1925.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 24, 2008 at 10:51 am

Function should be Community Center. Russian Community Center.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 24, 2008 at 1:17 pm

The PSTOS website has another vintage photo of the Roycroft Theater. The text below the second photo reads “The Roycroft Theatre building still exists as the Russian Community Center”.

JCL
JCL on January 25, 2008 at 9:04 am

Thanks ‘Lost Memory’ for the extra info on the Roycroft.

Later in life I went into theatre management. Returned a few times to the northwest and managed houses in: Seattle; Tacoma; Snohomish and a
few others. Also worked a bit on Seattle’s ‘film row’ for Universal and others. This was in early ‘60s and again in early '70s.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 28, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Here is a recent side view of the building.

Druxy
Druxy on February 21, 2010 at 8:24 am

My Saturday afternoons during the late 1940s and early 1950s were spent at the Roycroft’s weekly matinees. They showed a serial, cartoons, a newsreel and a family-oriented feature. Sometimes, they even gave out free comic books.

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