Roycroft Theatre

708 19th Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98122

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Druxy on February 21, 2010 at 11:24 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.

JCL on January 25, 2008 at 12:04 pm

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.

JCL on August 30, 2007 at 4:42 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.

DennisNyback on November 17, 2002 at 5:26 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