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Pantages Theatre - Tacoma (Official)
Previously operated by: Orpheum Circuit, Pantages, RKO
Architects: Benjamin Marcus Priteca
Firms: Carlson, Eley & Grevstad
Functions: Stage Shows
Styles: Greek Revival
Previous Names: RKO Orpheum Theater, Roxy Theater
News About This Theater
- May 23, 2012 — Celebrating the Original STAR WARS on its 35th Anniversary
Built as a vaudeville theater and opening on January 7, 1917 by Alexander Pantages. The Pantages Theater had 1,303 seats. Following a complete remodel by architectural firm Carlson, Eley & Grevstad, it was reopened as a movie theater, named Roxy Theater on September 30, 1932, screening Jack Holt in “This Sporting Age” & Andy Clyde in “The Giddy Age”. After years as a first run movie house (under the moniker of the Roxy Theater), the theater closed.
In 1978, the former Pantages Theater underwent renovation and finally reopened in 1983 for stage shows and concerts. Today, the Pantages Theater is again one of the best places in the area for live events.
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Randall: The Seattle Pantages is here under the name Rex Theatre.
8-27-07 photo by Rob Bender of exterior especially vertical blade sign:
On last nights Fox TV News, they devoted several very interesting minutes to show viewers the in’s and out’s of this lovely old palace.
As Tacoma is within a reasonable drive from the Portland, OR., area, my wife and I plan to see a show this coming weekend. Yup!!!
A four-page article about the remodeling of the Roxy Theatre, formerly the Pantages, appeared in Boxoffice of October 22, 1955. The remodeling project was designed by the architectural firm of Carlson, Eley, Grevstad.
01/19/26 exterior photo courtesy of the Tacoma Public Library.
Linkrot repair: The October 22, 1955, Boxoffice article about the remodeling of the Roxy is now at these links:
Linkrot repair repair: Boxoffice now has its archive on a site that doesn’t appear to allow direct links to specific pages, but this link should take you to the cover of the October 22, 1955 issue. The article about the Roxy begins on page 12 of the issue’s “Modern Theatre” section, which is digital scan page 114.
New Pantages opening 07 Jan 1918, Mon The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington) Newspapers.com
the RKO Pantages became the RKO Orpheum on August 22nd, 1930. Small ad posted.
Reopened as Roxy on September 30th, 1932. Roxy theatre opening 30 Sep 1932, Fri The Tacoma Daily Ledger (Tacoma, Washington) Newspapers.com