Admiral Theatre

515 Pacific Avenue,
Bremerton, WA 98337

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Admiral Theatre

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The Admiral Theatre originally had 1,500 seats when it was built in 1942 at a cost of $250,000. In the early-1980’s it was split into three theatres but closed in 1988. In 1990 the citizens of Bremerton formed the non-profit Admiral Theatre Foundation to restore and operate it. After $4.2 million dollars were raised, the Admiral Theatre opened again in 1997.

Today the cabaret-style main floor seats 300 and the traditional balcony seats 502. The Admiral Theatre, which is called “the premiere arts presenting venue in the West Puget Sound Region” offers catering services and is available for both public and private events.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

5456581
5456581 on January 14, 2005 at 12:53 am

Glad to see that you are still an active theatre. Saw many Disney movies there in the 60’s while stationed at the shipyard. Wishing you continued success. Please post a picture present and past of the beautiful

kateymac01
kateymac01 on October 18, 2005 at 5:23 pm

Does the Admiral ever show films?

William
William on May 4, 2006 at 11:25 pm

The Admiral Theatre was operated by Evergreen State Amusement Corp., which was one of the subsidiaries of Fox Theatres and later known as National General Theatre.

RobertR
RobertR on February 26, 2007 at 1:43 am

What a great marquee

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 6, 2009 at 5:04 am

There is a 1983 photo on this site:
http://tinyurl.com/dzjr3y

William
William on September 12, 2011 at 12:24 am

The picture at the top of the thread is the Admiral Theatre in Seattle Washington.

popcornprincess
popcornprincess on January 26, 2012 at 12:18 am

William is incorrect. The photo at the top is indeed the Admiral in Bremerton.

Spent many hours here as a kid in the 60’s and early 70’s. We would buy cheap popcorn at the Kresge’s 5&10 next door and hide it under our coats until we made it to our seats for the movie.

KenLayton
KenLayton on January 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I understand Bill Gates donated a significant amount of money to this theater. He attended this theater as a child.

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on December 19, 2013 at 3:32 am

I’ve had the pleasure of attending a few concerts here. Fantastic acoustics and intimate atmosphere. They have a regular film series each year, which I believe is DVD projection.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 4, 2015 at 8:27 am

An early item about the house that was to become the Admiral Theatre appeared in the January 3, 1941, issue of The Film Daily:

“Newman Awards Contract For New $300,000 Stand

“Portland, Ore. — Frank Newman, Sr., of the Evergreen Theaters, operating some 39 theaters in Oregon and Washington, announces that contract has been let for a 1,500-seat house, the Rivoli, at Bremerton, Wash., known as the Navy Yard city.

“The new theater to cost an estimated $300,000, will occupy a site 103x135 feet in size at Fifth Ave. and Pacific St. Plans are being prepared by McClelland & Jones, architects, who announce that the new house will be similar to the Academy Theater in Los Angeles.”

An article in the September 19, 2014, issue of The Bremerton Patriot about the 75th anniversary of the house confirms that it was originally to have been called the Rivoli, but in June, 1941, Evergreen Theatres held a “name the theater” contest and Admiral was the winner.

I’ve been unable to find any other sources naming McClelland & Jones as the architects of the Admiral, but neither are there sources naming anyone else. The firm, consisting of principals Robert F. McClelland and Victor N. Jones, was active from around 1933 to around 1946.

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