Burien Theater

630 S.W. 153rd Street,
Burien, WA 98166

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David_Schneider on January 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm

While visiting Burien in October of 2015, I walked by this location after seeing it listed on Cinema Treasures. I glanced inside the restaurant and at the outside wall and imagined from the size and shape that it had been a cinema.

My favorite thing was the rectangular Bison Creek Pizza sign out front which I assume may have been the theater’s marquee. It had round white light bulbs around the perimeter. As they flashed I could hear what sounded like old fashioned circuits clicking on and off or open and closed, like the sockets/technology may have been original to the time of the theater.

mcmanussj on May 31, 2014 at 2:16 pm

What happened to the other photo?

DavidZornig on April 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Just added a late `60’s poster for rock band City Zu performance at the Burien Theater. Courtesy of the City Zu Facebook page. So the Burien also featured live music back then. The band’s website has old articles and photos from the era.


mcmanussj on January 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

There was also the Hi-Line theater on 1st Ave south. It was just a big quansit hut with a really plain lobby. It had a pond with a fish that looked like trout in it. We were just there for the movie anyway.

mcmanussj on January 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

There was a burien theater when my famley moved to burien in about 1955. It was in an old wooden building that was a church at one time. I think I saw Old yeller there. We were all excited about the plans for the new building that was built about a year later. During my younger years me and my brothers had a great time going to there to see Disney films Annett beach movies, and Elvis movies. I remember Bob Anderson was the owner.

kencmcintyre on July 6, 2007 at 4:49 pm

Here is the PSTOS page regarding the Burien: