Music Box Theatre
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Styles: Tudor Revival
Previous Names: Tacoma Theater, Broadway Theater
Tacoma’s grand opera house, the Tacoma Theater, was built in 1889 by the Tacoma Opera House Company and opened Jan. 13, 1890. The elaborate Tudor-style building covered a full city block.
A 3 manual, 14 ranks Robert Morton theatre pipe organ was installed in the 1920’s.
It was remodeled for motion pictures and renamed the Broadway Theater in 1927. More than 20,000 people attended the grand opening on February 4, 1927.
It was renamed the Music Box Theatre on February 11, 1933. The building was destroyed in a spectacular fire on April 30, 1963. About 100 people were attending a showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” when the fire broke out.
While a movie theater, the Broadway/Music Box Theatre attracted big name stars like Ronald Reagan, Lassie, the Barrymores, Al Jolson, and many more.
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