4th Avenue Theatre

630 W. 4th Avenue,
Anchorage, AK 99501

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interior, 4th Avenue Theatre

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The Streamline Moderne 4th Avenue Theater was built in 1947 and was a first run movie house for the next four decades. When it opened, the opulent theater seated a combined 1,100 patrons in its balcony and main floor.

In the mid-1980’s, the city of Anchorage began restoring the theater and, later, it was taken over by the catering firm, Glacial Reflections. The company used it as a banquet and special events venue that fits between 500-700 people. It has been shuttered for several years.

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MPol
MPol on June 27, 2009 at 7:41 pm

What a neat-looking theatre…both inside and out. Too bad it closed.

philbertgray
philbertgray on July 12, 2009 at 9:57 am

This article from June 15th 2009 doesn’t bode well for the theatre. It may well be lost or significantly altered. The owner has not cooperated in efforts to save and restore the theatre.

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DonLewis
DonLewis on August 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm

From the 1950s a photo postcard view of the 4th Avenue Theater in Anchorage.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on September 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm

This photograph of the 4th Avenue Theater was taken in July, 2010.

DonLewis
DonLewis on October 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm

From the 1940s a photo of the 4th Avenue Theatre in Anchorage.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Great photos Brad and Don.

sconn
sconn on October 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I saw many movies here as a kid in the ‘80s – Goonies, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Kurosawa’s Ran. Beautiful walls with twinkling stars and inlaid images of gold miners.

knowsbetter
knowsbetter on October 9, 2013 at 12:40 am

The Municipality of Anchorage is doing nothing with this beautiful, old theater!

Between 7-8 years ago, there was a plan between the municipality and a private company to refurbish the theater, using the downstairs for businesses of some kind and the upper floors for residences, but after a long process to get to that point, at the last hour a councilwoman threw a monkey wrench in the plan by deciding she didn’t think the municipality should be involved in any funding after-all.

The private company basically told the municipality to take a hike, refusing to work with it anymore because it was “unreliable.” There’s been no public discussion of the theater since. It currently is doing what it’s been doing for years now, just sitting, boarded up and rotting. What a travesty!

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