Blue Mouse Theater

1131-1133 Broadway,
Tacoma, WA 98402

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The Blue Mouse Theater opened in 1914 as the Apollo Theater. Eight years later, it re-opened as the Blue Mouse Theater, operated by theater chain founder John Hamrick. The Blue Mouse was the first theater in Tacoma to show “talkies” running “The Jazz Singer” in January, 1928.

Its sister theater, the Blue Mouse “Junior” opened on Proctor Street in 1923. In 1960, the Blue Mouse Theater was demolished to make way for a new street escalator.

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kateymac01
kateymac01 on May 11, 2005 at 10:31 pm

This theater was also known as the Paramount in the 1920s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 9, 2008 at 9:16 pm

The Blue Mouse got an Art Moderne makeover in the mid 1930s, according to an item in Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of March 9, 1935. A photo shows the new facade, featuring a building-wide marquee that sported the name “John Hamrick’s BLUE MOUSE Theatre” with Blue Mouse in block letters and the rest in cursive script, all set with neon. The article says that the entire project was handled by a theatrical outfitting company from Seattle called B.F. Shearer Company.

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