4th Avenue Theatre

630 W. 4th Avenue,
Anchorage, AK 99501

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Previously operated by: Lathrop Co., Moyer Theatres

Architects: A. A. Porreca, Benjamin Marcus Priteca

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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interior, 4th Avenue Theatre

The Streamline Moderne 4th Avenue Theater was built in 1947 and was a first run movie house for the next four decades. When it opened, the opulent theater seated a combined 1,100 patrons in its balcony and main floor.

In the mid-1980’s, the city of Anchorage began restoring the theater and, later, it was taken over by the catering firm, Glacial Reflections. The company used it as a banquet and special events venue that fits between 500-700 people. It has been shuttered for several years and is scheduled for demolition in 2022.

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Brad Smith
Brad Smith on September 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm

This photograph of the 4th Avenue Theater was taken in July, 2010.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm

From the 1940s a photo of the 4th Avenue Theatre in Anchorage.

TLSLOEWS on December 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Great photos Brad and Don.

sconn on October 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I saw many movies here as a kid in the ‘80s – Goonies, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Kurosawa’s Ran. Beautiful walls with twinkling stars and inlaid images of gold miners.

knowsbetter on October 9, 2013 at 12:40 am

The Municipality of Anchorage is doing nothing with this beautiful, old theater!

Between 7-8 years ago, there was a plan between the municipality and a private company to refurbish the theater, using the downstairs for businesses of some kind and the upper floors for residences, but after a long process to get to that point, at the last hour a councilwoman threw a monkey wrench in the plan by deciding she didn’t think the municipality should be involved in any funding after-all.

The private company basically told the municipality to take a hike, refusing to work with it anymore because it was “unreliable.” There’s been no public discussion of the theater since. It currently is doing what it’s been doing for years now, just sitting, boarded up and rotting. What a travesty!

lancehol on November 5, 2015 at 4:23 pm

I had the pleasure of managing this theater in the early 80’s (1981-2ish). We had so much fun here. One of the most beautiful buildings. The Art Deco style and the incredible bas relief on the walls were something to remember and I hope this place finds itself alive again. When I worked there it was operated by Wometco-Lathrop. I’m not sure how much longer it stayed in operation. My girlfriend at the time lived in Houston so I decided to head south and regretted that decision to this day. While I have lived in other places it seems now I’m kind of stuck here in Texas. I miss you Alaska!

DavidZornig on August 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm

The top photo in this link shows the 4th Avenue Theatre in the late `70’s. Plenty more cool pics too, if anyone is from there.


Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 19, 2017 at 10:47 am

There is a quick shot of the front of this theater showing the vertical blade in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, season four episode 17, near the end of the episode.

Oddly enough, the characters are supposed to be visiting Rochester, New York and not Anchorage, Alaska. Ah, the magic of Hollywood…!

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on August 5, 2022 at 6:00 am

To be demolished shortly.


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