Venetian Theatre

1427 E. Pine Street,
Seattle, WA 98122

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Venetian Theatre

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Opened as the Olympic Theatre in 1926. It later became the Venetian Theatre and was closed in 1958 and demolished a year later. A supermarket was built on the site.

Contributed by William Gabel

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atmos
atmos on December 14, 2004 at 2:03 am

Olympic opened on 16 Nov 1926 and closed in Dec 1958.It was demolished in 1959 to make way for a supermarket.

kateymac01
kateymac01 on May 21, 2005 at 2:36 am

According to Jacqueline Williams in her book “The Hill With A Future: Seattle’s Capitol Hill 1900-1946,” the Venetian Theatre was built at a cost of $150,000 by S.R. Gargas, an Oakland, Calif., showman. The theater had 900 seats and was patterned after an Italian music house. Opening night was Nov. 16, 1926, and the feature attraction was “Hold That Lion” with Douglas MacLean.

The Venetian was sold in 1927 to theater magnates Jensen & Von Herberg. John Hamrick acquired it around 1949. The last show was on Dec. 31, 1958, and the building was razed in 1959 to make way for a Foodland supermarket.

Great photos and history at this site:

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 2, 2006 at 4:05 am

According to contemporary newspaper reports quoted in this essay in the Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History, this theatre opened as the Venetian. The only mention of the name Olympic Theatre that I find is that on this page at the Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society, which quotes a list which says that an organ was installed in the “OLYMPIC TH” in July of 1926. I’d be inclined to go with the contemporary reports which announce the theatre opening as the Venetian on November 18th, 1926. The essay also gives the seating capacity as “more than 800.”

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