Lacey Street Theatre

504 Second Street,
Fairbanks, AK 99775

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Lacey Street Theatre exterior

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Built in 1936 for local businessman “Cap” Lathrop, who built much of downtown Fairbanks, the Lacey Street Theater continued to operate for over four decades. It was designed in Streamline Moderne style by B. Marcus Priteca, and could seat over 1100 in its auditorium.

It now is home to the Fairbanks Ice Museum and also Ice Alaska and Freeze Frame.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 6, 2005 at 10:20 am

Here is a photo of the former Lacey Street Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 28, 2005 at 9:49 am

Here is another photo of the Lacey Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 28, 2006 at 6:57 am

This is a 2006 photo of the Lacey Street Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 4, 2007 at 7:18 am

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1990

Lacey Street Theatre (added 1990 – Building – #90000878)
Also known as AHRS Site No. FAI-207
504 Second Ave., Fairbanks
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Hufeisen,C.W., Priteca,B.Marcus
Architectural Style: Art Deco
Area of Significance: Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Local Gov’t
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Vacant/Not In Use

William L. Coale, Ph.D.
William L. Coale, Ph.D. on July 12, 2007 at 2:21 pm

The proprietor of the Lacey Street Theatre (now the Ice Museum) acquired the original Kimball(?) theater pipe organ from the Empress Theater (now converted to shops) down the street, and has it in storage upstairs at the Ice Museum.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 4, 2008 at 9:59 am

Here is a recent close-up view.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 24, 2008 at 11:49 am

This is a larger version of the photo at the top of this page and here is another photo.

MPol
MPol on May 24, 2009 at 9:24 am

What a place to have a movie theatre or whatever—right next door to a college campus. Too bad that the Lacey Street Theatre is no longer at least USED as a theatre on occasion.

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