John Danz Theatre

601 106th Avenue NE,
Bellevue, WA 98004

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Previously operated by: SRO Theaters

Functions: Church

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John Danz Theatre

The John Danz Theatre was a gem of the Danz family empire, also known as Sterling Recreation Organization (SRO). The theatre opened in 1962 and closed in 1990. It became a Good Guys! store in the early-1990’s, and it ended as a Good Guys store in late-2005. It became a furniture store and by 2016 was in use as a church. SRO – which now stands for Sterling Realty Organization – still owns the property and has its offices on the top floor of the building.

The theater is named for John Danz, an early Seattle film exhibitor. His son, Fredric, turned his dad’s moviehouse business into SRO (which owned about 110 theaters on the West Coast in its mid-1980s heyday).

Contributed by Kate DeWeese

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

markinthedark on April 20, 2008 at 10:10 pm

That ain’t recent!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 18, 2010 at 4:34 pm

That is what going to the movies was all about.Great picture Ken Mc.Those were the good old days,but they were numbered.So much so I got out of the theatre business in 1983. I saw all these stinking Huge Multiplexes coming.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Also a theatre like this needs a lot more writing done on the history and theatre stories from employees and patrons.

Robert Allen
Robert Allen on December 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

The last Sterling house I worked as an IA operator was the Lynn Twin. I met my wife there. Next month we will celebrate our 42nd anniversary. The Lynn Twin (in Lynnwood) is now a non-profit storage facility last used as the Lynn Four.

rivest266 on January 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm

This opened on December 22nd, 1961.

kurtisaurus on May 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I remember going to see Star Trek II there on opening day. There was even a laser show before the movie! Combining that with playing Zaxxon next door at the Belle Lanes just before the movie start and it was a perfect teenage geek’s day :)

prwhitmey on September 15, 2012 at 11:41 am

I worked at the John Danz Theatre during my senior year at Sammamish Highschool in 1961-62, as well as during part of my first year at the U.W. Years later I realized after reading Bill Gates autobiography that since Bill was about 8 years old in 1962 and living in Bellevue, I likely tore his ticket when he came to the theatre with his parents. Note the spelling: “theatre” not “theater”.

Seattleprojectionist on June 18, 2016 at 8:47 pm

One of the nicest features about working at the John Danz as an IATSE projectionist was the fact that the building was partially built into a slope. At the rear of the theatre was a door that led directly into the booth with only 3 steps up. Also, a reserved projectionist parking spot next to the door.

JackCoursey on July 19, 2016 at 9:19 pm

Drove by what is now the Doxa Church the other day. One would never know this was a former cinema theatre based on it’s current incarnation. Both the exterior and interior have been stripped on all artifacts which one would equate with a cinema and replaced with…nothing. The sanctuary resembles a cheap music hall with bare black walls.

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