Ketchikan Coliseum Theatre

405 Mission Street,
Ketchikan, AK 99901

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Coliseum Twin Theatre Ketchikan

The first Coliseum Theater opened around 1920 in Ketchikan. The theater contained a 2/7 Kimball organ in its early days. It was destroyed by a fire in 1956.

Rebuilt in 1957, today the theater is still in operation showing first-run films, but has been twinned.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 18, 2006 at 1:47 pm

The Film Daily Yearbook;1943 edition gives a seating capacity of 700 for the then single screen Coliseum Theater.

LuisV on June 4, 2006 at 5:54 pm

I was just in Ketchikan and the theater appears to be a twin. It looked dreadful from the outside, but I guess it is all this town has.

kencmcintyre on September 22, 2006 at 2:46 pm

You can see the Coliseum in the background of this 1935 photo:

kencmcintyre on January 5, 2007 at 2:15 pm

Here is a picture of a fire in 1956:

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 3, 2008 at 5:22 am

A 2005 view of the Coliseum Twin theater in Ketchikan.

LuisV on August 3, 2008 at 8:18 am

Could that Marquee be any less attractive? Especially when compared to the vintage photos posted by LM on 6/6/04.

CSWalczak on February 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm

According to this article about the theater’s history, the existing theater is actually the second Coliseum Theater on the site and opened in 1957. The 1956 fire, mentioned above, destroyed the first which opened in 1924: View link. The organ probably was destroyed in the fire if had not been previously removed.

DavidZornig on May 5, 2018 at 6:54 pm

Circa 1964 photo added via Kris Vierraā€ˇ.

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