Blue Mouse Theatre

626 SW 4th Street,
Portland, OR 97204

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Pictured in 1929 as the Capitol Theatre: archive

Soesbe
Soesbe on March 28, 2011 at 9:45 am

I do remember this lady and yes she was always there. I believe she spoke with a slight accent, didn’t she?

jenkinsp
jenkinsp on March 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I worked for several years in the late 1970’s in the Title and Trust Building a couple of blocks north of the Blue Mouse on Third Avenue at Stark Street. My favorite memory of the Blue Mouse was the lady who sold tickets. She was decidedly older (about my age now), blond, powdered, and always wearing evening attire no matter what the time of day. She seemed to be there all the time. She was so strange we called her “the Blue Mouse lady.” It seemed everyone knew of her. Does anyone else remember this person? Just another wonderful memory of Portland from the late 1970’s. Au revoir Blue Mouse and so many other wonderful places that are no more.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 5, 2011 at 1:21 am

If the tale told in the introduction that John Hamrick named this theater for the play “The Blue Mouse” is true, then a group of ministers and college professors in Ithaca, New York, would have been quite displeased. Here’s a brief story from The New York Times, February 14, 1909:[quote]“WOULD BAR ‘THE BLUE MOUSE.’
"Cornell Professors Say Play Will Have a Bad Influence on Students.

“ITHACA, N.Y., Feb. 14. — An effort will be made by several Cornell professors, backed by the local Ministers' Association, to prevent the performance of Clyde Fitch’s ‘The Blue Mouse,’ which is scheduled to be produced in this city tomorrow and Tuesday. E.H. Woodruff of the Cornell College of Law has interviewed the ministers and has obtained their co-operation. He charges that the play is immoral and that it will have a bad influence on the students and others who will attend.

“Mayor Horton says that, without formal complaint, he can do nothing, so that one performance is sure to be given.”[/quote]It was perhaps as much the reputation of Clyde Fitch, the playwright, as the play itself which had roused the ire of Ithaca’s self-appointed guardians of public morals. For those who may be interested, there is a biographical sketch of the scandalous Mr. Fitch, America’s first internationally famous playwright, about halfway down this web page.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 20, 2010 at 3:16 am

Well,we are talking THEATRE RATS!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 18, 2010 at 12:43 am

Mike I went everywhere in this theatre,but I was not looking for rats or mice, I am sure we had them,I just did not see them.I did see rats down at Printers Alley that were as big a dogs,very scarey.Now back to the Blue Mouse not to be off topic.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I bet if you really explored you would have found them.To cut off the heating/air system at the Imperial one had to go under the stage and it looked just like a Boris Karloff movie down there.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Never saw of heard of any in my downtown theatre,but I did see and hear of rats in the old PARAMOUNT down the street.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm

At the Imperial Theatre in Augusta,Georgia we had rats that ran under the stage,behind the screen.I mean, the size of a cat.And we were a Plitt theatre so we had staff to keep the place as clean as possible i will bet the Blue Mouse had more than mice running around.
I would say almost any old downtown theatre had a rat problem.Am I right or Am I wrong,Theatre managers?

Douglas
Douglas on June 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm

A great place. Three movies shown continuously for about sixty cents, I believe. The theatre also had a huge cat that likely patrolled the place for rodents, an irony, given the theatre’s name. Fortunately, I never saw one.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 10, 2009 at 3:36 am

This site has photos of the Capitol and Blue Mouse.

ronbeas
ronbeas on March 15, 2008 at 5:33 pm

I have an exterior picture taken about a year before demolition at Preserving The Past

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 1, 2005 at 10:25 pm

There are a couple of exterior photos 1. as the Capitol Theatre 2. as the Blue Mouse Theatre and an interior photo of the side wall and proscenium in the Theatre Historical Society of America publication ‘Marquee’ Volume 9 #3 which should be availbable from their archives. Details on their website http://www2.hawaii.edu/~angell/thsa/

In the same article there is an exterior and interior photo of the original Blue Mouse Theatre (ex Globe Theatre).

I do not have a date for demolition apart from the year 1977, but you may find more further details in the archives of the local newspaper or at a library/local history society.

TVoigt
TVoigt on May 1, 2005 at 10:03 pm

Dear Sir,
Concerning the Portland, OR Blue Mouse theater owned by Mr. John Hamrick—do you know the date, in 1977, it was demolished?
Are there any photos of this theater before or during the demolishion
T. Voigt