Green Lake Theatre

7107 Woodlawn Avenue NE,
Seattle, WA 98115

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Architects: Bjarne H. Moe

Functions: Retail

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Green Lake Theatre

This was the second Green Lake Theater in Seattle. This one opened August 5, 1937 and closed in early-1958.

In 2005, the building is occupied by Pacific Color Inc.

Contributed by Katie Mac

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

kateymac01 on May 21, 2005 at 3:17 am

The Green Lake was considered a very modern theater when it opened on August 5, 1937. An ad declared it “As Modern as Tomorrow.” It was acclaimed as one of the Northwest’s finest theaters with its Mirrophonic sound, air conditioning, and a capacity of 750 patrons — “every seat a loge chair.”

On opening night, the movie shown was “3 Smart Girls” starring Deanna Durbin.

At some point the theater’s address was changed. The grand opening ad lists the address at 7111 Woodlawn Avenue.

The Green Lake Theater closed in 1950.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 10, 2009 at 3:38 am

Unfortunately, Issuu’s scan of the magazine loses part of the text in the fold between pages, but Boxoffice of October 16, 1937, ran an illustrated article about the new Green Lake Theatre. There’s even a photo of the architect of the house, the prolific Bjarne Moe.

CSWalczak on May 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm

An article about this theater: View link

CSWalczak on September 15, 2010 at 12:47 am

The theater’s once distinctive sign tower was recently uncovered during operations to remove it; this article has pictures and some theater history: View link

rivest266 on January 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Grand opening ad for August 4th, 1937 has been posted here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

Here is an updated link to the 1937 Boxoffice article about The Green Lake Theatre.

paulnelson on July 2, 2013 at 8:25 pm

An Art Deco masterpiece and the tower a beacon for the neighborhood. Too bad it is also history. The box-like replacement is a snoozer. A charming area. Needs another stylish theatre to replace the Green Lake.

davefox on November 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I moved to Seattle in late 1957 and the theater was still operating. I believe it closed in early 1958, not 1950.

pnelson on October 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm

Unfortunate that the tower sign could not be saved. Would have added personality and unique quality to an area of the city that is lacking in that department these days. Green Lake is one of the only unique qualities now.

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