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.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 29, 2004 at 7:28 pm

The escalator that this theater was demolished to make room for, was Tacoma’s experiment with “moving sidewalk” escalators.
There is a photo of this Blue Mouse Theater here:
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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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 4, 2007 at 10:38 am

The link above no longer works. This is an updated link to a 1922 photo of the Blue Mouse Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 30, 2007 at 10:19 am

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 427 style 170 was installed in the Apollo Theater on 6/25/1921. Status: sold.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 30, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Here is a 1927 ad for “The Jazz Singer”.

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