Sunset Theatre

2502 6th Avenue,
Tacoma, WA 98406

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Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Perunko Theatre, Guild Theatre

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Sunset Theatre

The Perunko Theatre was built in 1919 by Louis Perunko and at its opening in October 1919 it was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 4 ranks organ. It was soon renamed Sunset Theatre had a seating capacity of 400 people.

On March 1, 1963 it was renamed Guild Theatre and screened art films. Following its closure it was occupied by Speedy Auto Glass, then by 2008 was a home d├ęcor store named Posh Home.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

ghamilton on May 12, 2005 at 4:39 pm

In the 80’s it was a Safelite Glass store.I was in the bldg quite a few times.The original parts that were left from theater days were the quaint restrooms.A few other little touches were there if you looked hard.The auditorium area was really GUTTED.Trucks could come in the rear entrance.The outside still looked like a theater.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 12, 2005 at 4:45 pm

Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook, 1950 edition as having a seating capacity of 481.

kateymac01 on November 17, 2008 at 10:43 am

This is no longer the glass shop. It’s a home decor store called Posh Home.

vanessavancuren on October 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm

For the record, I just signed a lease for this building. The gentleman that owned Safelite Glass is still the owner. The most interesting unique original features remaining exist upstairs at the front of the building. There’s an (original?) mezzanine area consisting of approximately 900 sqr feet. The doors, handles, trims, windows, flooring, and the old electrical box/panel are all original or very vintage. There’s even a large window type feature with a barn door that opens and allows you to look over the theater area. The concrete outside the front door is still stamped Sunset Theater. The walls have art deco shaped insets in places still, and some of the red theater carpet can still be found leading upstairs. I’m going to do my best to learn as much as I can about the history of the building and preserve any and all original details possible during my tenancy.

JackCoursey on March 18, 2017 at 12:01 pm

The Perunke (Sunset) Theatre originally had a 2/4 Wurlitzer installed October 1919 as opus #253, a Style 135B. In 1942, the instrument was moved to the Emmanuel Tabernacle in Seattle, Washington by Balcom & Vaughan. .

DavidZornig on July 20, 2020 at 8:59 pm

February 1923 photo added.

rivest266 on July 11, 2021 at 3:36 pm

This reopened as the Guild Theatre on March 1st, 1963 showing art films.

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