Green Parrot Theatre

1419 1st Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98101

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1972 photo credit Seattle Municipal Archives.

The Green Parrot Theatre was opened around 1914.

It became a popular 24/7 grind house that was favoured by homeless street people looking for a place to spend the night. From June 4, 1971 it was operating as a X-rated adult porn cinema who’s patrons gave it the nick-name ‘the dirty bird’. The first adult movie to be screened was “Dude Ranch” plus some uncensored San Franscisco shorts.

It had a fire in October 1979 and was closed, never to re-open again and it was demolished.

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kencmcintyre on December 29, 2005 at 6:23 pm

There are 20 photos of the Green Parrot on this site. Enter Green Parrot as a search term:

RichardO on January 28, 2013 at 8:52 pm

the picture shown is a alley near the old theatre

YauponSurfer on February 26, 2015 at 4:26 pm

I was showing some photos (slides) from Seattle that I had shot while stationed on the Coast Guard icebreaker Staten Island and there was a shot of the Green Parrot marquee. When my father saw it he said he remembered the Green Parrot from when he was stationed on Seattle during WWII.

DavidZornig on June 21, 2017 at 6:54 pm

1972 photo added credit Seattle Municipal Archives. Did not appear in the 20 on the website added in 2005. And the other 2005 link is dead.

theonlydennisnyback on March 27, 2018 at 8:24 pm

Here is as story I wrote about an event at the Green Parrot in 1937 that was told to me by Ash Bridgham. He had entered the Seattle projectionist union in 1927. If I had guess I would say the Green Parrot opened around 1914.

Jobla on June 16, 2018 at 4:32 pm

In the late 1960’s, the Green Parrot had a different triple bill every day. Much of their audiences were alcoholics. The theater was on First Avenue in Seattle, right above the famous Pike Place Market. There was no concession stand, but that was a popcorn machine. The only bathroom was directly UNDER the movie screen, so if you went to the bathroom, everybody in the audience could watch you enter and leave the facility-at least those who were still conscious.

Around 1973 or so, the theater went porno. Reportedly, some of the lesser Ed Wood pornos were shown there, such as THE ONLY HOUSE IN TOWN. The theater even “played itself” in the film CINDERELLA LIBERY, as James Caan is seen strolling down First Avenue past the theater’s façade.

Jobla on July 3, 2018 at 4:15 pm

The July, 2018 Blu-ray release of CINDERELLA LIBERTY (on the Twilight Time label) shows the façade of the Green Parrot Theater on the disc’s cover, as James Caan and Marsha Mason stroll by the theater on 1st Avenue. The Green Parrot had clearly made the switch to adult-only films by the early 1970’s.

Jobla on July 26, 2018 at 4:55 pm

CINDERELLA LIBERTY also has a scene filmed at the Seattle 7th Avenue Theater (formerly known as the Music Hall Theater). James Caan is shown buying two tickets at the box office and then walks over to the concession stand. CAHILL starring John Wayne is depicted by a poster.

rivest266 on April 12, 2024 at 10:05 am

Became an adult theatre on June 4th, 1971. Ad posted.

Jobla on April 12, 2024 at 10:22 am

Well, I left town in the summer of 1971 to attend college, so I guess I missed the Green Parrot’s conversion to porn.

Coincidently, there’s a brand-new mystery paperback by Robert Dugoni that’s set in old Seattle, entitled A KILLING ON THE HILL. According to an interview in the Seattle Times last Sunday, Dugoni did research about old Seattle and mentioned the Green Parrot Theater. So, perhaps the theater is mentioned in his new book. I’ll report on this page if the theater is cited in the book. It is currently in shipment, so I haven’t read it yet.

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