Broadway Theatre

201 Broadway E,
Seattle, WA 98102

Unfavorite 2 people favorited this theater

Additional Info

Functions: Drugstore

Previous Names: Society Theatre

Nearby Theaters

Broadway Theatre

Originally opened as the Society Theatre on December 8, 1911. It was re-named Broadway Theatre in 1921 and remodeled in the 1940’s. The Broadway Theatre was the centerpiece of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in the early-20th century. People fought hard to keep this theatre open. Alas, the efforts failed.

However, the memory of the Broadway Theatre remains. The outer facade of the building and the Broadway’s neon-lit marquee were preserved when the building became a Rite Aid drugstore in 1990. It’s kinda weird to drive past the Rite Aid. The traditional Rite Aid sign is mounted on the marquee with the word ‘BROADWAY’ above it.

Contributed by Katie Mac

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

kateymac01 on May 21, 2005 at 5:32 am

This theater was originally named the Society Theatre.

droben on October 8, 2005 at 8:07 am

The Broadway was a long and narrow theater that specialized in foreign films in its final few years before closing. It was operated by Randy Finley’s Seven Gables Theaters and was closed when the Broadway Market Cinemas opened just two blocks north.

GWaterman on December 26, 2005 at 7:26 pm

This theatre was around the corner from the first place I lived when I moved to Seattle. I loved the marquee!

kencmcintyre on September 1, 2006 at 6:19 pm

Here are two photos from 1946 and 1948, respectively:

kencmcintyre on November 5, 2007 at 7:36 pm

There are some photos of the Society Theater on this page:

rivest266 on January 18, 2012 at 6:33 pm

THE SEATTLE TIMES – January 11, 1990

BROADWAY TO CLOSE The Broadway Theatre on Capitol Hill will close its doors for the last time tonight. The Pay'n Save store next door is scheduled to expand into the theater’s space at the corner of John and Broadway.The Broadway’s last picture show is “We’re No Angels.” It opened as the Society Theater in 1911. Seven Gables Theaters, which has been managing the Broadway for several years, already has moved most of its bookings…

scorchy on November 21, 2014 at 2:52 am

I saw “Do the Right Thing” here.

pnelson on April 10, 2017 at 10:30 pm

Good Rite Aid had the class to at least keep the blade sign up I hear. Too bad the theatre did not survive. Much of Broadway is history as far as unique shops, bars and restaurants. Gone forever to corporate dust.

Texas2step on September 13, 2017 at 8:02 pm

This one opened as the Society Theatre on December 8, 1911.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.