Coliseum Theater

500 Pike Street,
Seattle, WA 98101

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Seattleprojectionist on August 5, 2022 at 7:32 am

Banana Republic closed it’s store in the Coliseum during the pandemic and has announced that the closure is permanent. This theater is vacant, ready and waiting for…? The interior is mostly intact, the conversion to retail was done with the idea that it might someday re-open as a theater.

DavidZornig on June 13, 2021 at 7:23 am

2017 article about Seattle theatres.

DavidZornig on March 18, 2018 at 7:31 pm

October 18, 1953 photo added credit Werner Lenggenhager. Courtesy The Seattle Public Library

terrywade on August 13, 2017 at 2:46 pm

The Coliseum Theatre still has the whole top half left where the balcony was, intact above the false ceiling of the store below. I took a tour a few years ago, they keep this part of the old theatre closed off to the public. It just sits there year after year gathering dust seats and all. Someone needs to open the top part for shows and events, it is a large space. I remember as a kid going into this theatre, It had one of the steepest aisles going down to the screen. A big slant when walking to your seat in the dark.

pnelson on October 8, 2016 at 8:31 pm

Interesting about Jaws. I saw both Conan films there and quite a few horror/action films too. Terminator was one of them. It ran a long time too. It was a first run house until the end. The last film was Tremors. This theatre should be restored to its original interior and given a stage for live action theatre. The balcony is still intact and the original ceiling and back wall in the upper reaches.

Coate on April 12, 2016 at 10:45 pm

As cited in my retrospective article, “The Game Changer”, the Coliseum held the longest-running engagement in a single-screen theater of “Jaws.” (There were a few longer runs of “Jaws,” but they were held in a multiplex.)

JackCoursey on October 15, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Only some of the original remains. The interior has been gutted and the marquee removed. It is now just retail space.

markinthedark on September 9, 2015 at 10:11 am

Some newspaper ads uploaded to photos

RobKetcherside on May 16, 2015 at 7:24 am

The Coliseum was known as United Artists Theatre from August 1927 (until some point).

paulnelson on November 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Yes the elaborate and grand original Coliseum Theatre was made a lot less elaborate and unique around 1950. Something very dramatic about viewing a film there though. Great curtain design and art deco proscenium. Big wide screen too. The auditorium was not deep but wide and one felt very close to the big screen. Probably still my favorite theatre in Seattle. Hope it is restored someday and used for stage presentations. Seattle needs another stage theatre. It just needs a stage.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

What exactly is that supposed to be a link to?

tdickensheets on October 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Banana Republic

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm

The January 6, 1951, issue of Boxofrfice reported that the Coliseum Theatre in Seattle had reopened following a $250,000 remodeling job that had begun the previous August. Much of the theater’s original detailing, designed in 1915 by architect B. Marcus Priteca, had been removed, as had the dome over the theater’s entrance. The architect who was responsible for this desecration of B. Marcus Priteca’s work was… well, B. Marcus Priteca. I guess that’s one of the perils of having a long career as a theater architect.

CSWalczak on October 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

An exterior photo c. 1929 can be seen here.

paulnelson on May 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm

This great theatre was very elegant but was ruined inside about 1950. All the major elaborate trim was removed. Art deco style was installed. Now it is a store. Some of the ceiling and arch still exists above the store ceiling. The elaborate exterior is still the same and was restored. I never saw the orignal interior but went to the second remodel many times. Had lots of style too.

rivest266 on January 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

This opened on January 8th, 1916. Grand opening ad in photo section.

CSWalczak on October 7, 2010 at 11:26 pm

We will never see anything quite like this again; a photo taken on opening day in 1915: View link

TLSLOEWS on December 27, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Did “JIMI HENDRiX” ever play there,he was from there.

TLSLOEWS on December 27, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Good Site. Great name for a Theatre.

CSWalczak on November 3, 2009 at 9:30 pm

A history of the Coliseum with pictures both of the theater and its architect can be found here:
View link

seanjung on August 7, 2008 at 3:49 pm

I will always fondly remember this theater. In fact, it was this theater and the Lyric (VOH) in Vancouver that pique my interest in movie palaces of yesteryear. My first visit was to catch a double feature with Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon along with Steve McQueen’s Bullitt. I sat there admiring the theater’s ornate interior even though it has seen better days. Another gem was the Emerald.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 7, 2008 at 7:32 pm

That is a fascinating set of photos. Thank you for sharing. I have been wondering for years what, if anything, was left of the original interior.

HowardBHaas on September 14, 2007 at 6:59 pm

Thanks for posting those photos! That really contributes to our understanding of the Coliseum, what it was, and what’s left.

rcflax on September 12, 2007 at 10:19 pm

Here is a link to the pictures I took in the Mezzanine and Balcony areas of the Theatre, that remain above the Banana Republic Store.