4th Avenue Theatre

630 W. 4th Avenue,
Anchorage, AK 99501

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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!

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.

TLSLOEWS on December 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Great photos Brad and Don.

DonLewis on October 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm

From the 1940s a photo of the 4th Avenue Theatre 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 on August 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm

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

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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MPol on June 27, 2009 at 7:41 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 27, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Those are both nice photos.

kencmcintyre on June 27, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Here is an undated interior photo:

kencmcintyre on December 31, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Here is a painting of the 4th Avenue. The view is supposed to be of the opening in 1947.

LuisV on September 24, 2008 at 11:54 am

While congress (not Palin)killed that bridge to nowhere, Palin had no problem taking all of the money and applying it elsewhere. Total hypocrisy, but this is cinema treasures so I won’t go any further with that.

As I’ve mentioned above, Alaska, while having some of the world’s most spectacular natural beauty, seems to have a great dearth of architecturally significant buildings. They should do everything they can to preserve what little they have and this theater should be saved.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 24, 2008 at 11:02 am

I don’t know Luis. Sarah Palin has a reputation for being “anti-pork”. With a bad economy, some people might consider saving this theater with taxpayers money as being “pork”.

LuisV on September 24, 2008 at 10:51 am

Maybe Palin can get an earmark to save this theater!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 24, 2008 at 9:09 am

Here are some photos from the Library of Congress. Click on the “camera” near the top of the page to see a color photo.

DonLewis on August 6, 2008 at 4:20 am

A 2008 view of the 4th Avenue Theater in Anchorage here and here. Enlarged views here and here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 29, 2008 at 7:06 pm

A 2008 photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 21, 2007 at 7:02 am

Here is a more recent view of the 4th Avenue Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 12, 2007 at 8:35 am

This is a 2007 close-up view of the 4th Avenue Theater.