Rose Theatre

115 S. Main Street,
Colfax, WA 99111

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Rose Theatre

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Located in the Walker Block which was constructed in 1912 on South Main Street. It was remodeled in 1920 into a movie theatre in a Mission Revival style, to the plans of architect Gustav Pherson. The Rose Theatre was listed with a seating capacity for 300 in 1941. By 1950, it was listed with 425 seats.

The Rose Theatre has been shuttered for many years, but parts of the building have been in use by various business companies.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on October 23, 2010 at 8:16 am

The theater had a balcony which coould only be reached by an outside stairway next to the box office. In the 1950s the theater became the Perry and Lee men’s clothing store and the balcony office of attorney and police judge Evans Bunker.

The theater was owned at least from 1955-1967 by Saffle’s Theater Service of Seattle, Maurice Saffle, Head. He had 44 theaters in Washington, Idaho and Alaska.

Need an address, more info and photos.

robboehm
robboehm on March 27, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Since Colfax was the birthplace of Turner Classic Movies' Robert Osborne on can presume he spent many hours in the Rose.

robboehm
robboehm on March 27, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Uploaded a postcard image of Main Street showing the Rose on the right.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 27, 2015 at 5:55 pm

The correct spelling of the architect’s surname is Pehrson. Gustav Albin Pehrson was born in Sweden in 1882 and immigrated to the United States in 1905, ultimately settling in Spokane. He practiced architecture there from 1913 until his death in 1968. The September 3, 1993, issue of the Spokane Spokesman-Review devoted almost a full page to Pehrson, which can be read online at Google News.

OCRon
OCRon on March 28, 2015 at 2:28 am

The former Rose Theatre is on Google street views at 115 S. Main, now Peak Fitness.
(Also, see 1939 Sanborn Map in photo section.)

From Wikipedia:
“Robert Osborne, Hollywood historian and journalist, prime-time host of Turner Classic Movies. As a teenager, he worked at The Rose, a long-defunct movie theater in downtown Colfax, and broke both arms while putting Elizabeth Taylor’s name on the marquee.”

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