Blue Mouse Theatre

1131-1133 Broadway,
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Previous Names: Apollo Theatre, Paramount Theatre

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Blue Mouse Theatre

The Apollo Theatre opened on June 29, 1914. Eight years later, it re-opened on June 29, 1922 as the Blue Mouse Theatre, operated by theatre chain founder John Hamrick. The Blue Mouse Theater was the first theatre in Tacoma to show “talkies” running Al Jolson in “The Jazz Singer” in January, 1928.

Its sister theatre, the Blue Mouse “Junior” opened on Proctor Street in 1923 (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures). In 1960, the Blue Mouse Theatre was demolished to make way for a new street escalator.

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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.

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.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 10, 2021 at 5:39 am

Opened as Apollo on June 29th, 1914. ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 10, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Reopened as Blue Mouse on June 29th, 1922.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on January 29, 2022 at 5:49 pm

Sadly, even the building is no longer there.

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