132 W. Holly Street,
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Previous Names: Metropolitan Theatre, Edison Theatre, Egyptian Theatre
The Metropolitan Theatre was opened by October 3, 1912. On February 14, 1916 it was renamed Liberty Theatre. The famous photo of children attending a November 1921 Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest (with, in the full size version of the picture, Chaplin himself seen in one of the upper floor windows) at a showing of Chaplin’s short “The Idle Class” was taken at this theatre.
According to a Bellingham Herald article about the photographer, the theatre was located at the current site of something they just call the Parkade, whatever that is. This was an average, modest theatre for its day, but still on the higher standards for theatres (and everything else) at the time, better than your average new theatre today. The Liberty Theatre was closed in 1924.
On May 27, 1924 it reopened as the Egyptian Theatre.
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