Blue Mouse Theatre

1421 5th Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98101

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Previously operated by: Evergreen State Amusement Corp.

Architects: Henderson Ryan

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Blue Mouse Theatre, Seattle, WA in 1926

The Blue Mouse Theatre was opened on December 25, 1920, and was demolished in 1972.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 9, 2012 at 5:32 am

The architect of the Blue Mouse Theatre was Henderson Ryan. The September 8, 1920, issue of Engineering and Contracting said: “H. Ryan, Architect, will proceed with construction of the Blue Mouse Theatre.”

paulnelson on July 6, 2013 at 12:23 am

The Blue Mouse had a very large cinemascope type screen and great stereo sound. I saw many films there including The Bounty with Brando and Yellow Submarine. I believe My Fair Lady was at the Music Box. Also had large screen. Both theatres played the biggest first run films in Seattle often. They were fitted out with the biggest screens and the best sound. Blue Mouse was the first sound theatre in Seattle I read.

dickneeds111 on December 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I believe that “Mutiny On The Bounty” played it’s reserved seat engagement at the 5th Ave theatre in 1962. The replica of the Bounty came into the sound. I was on the ferry back to Bremerton when it passed us. What a beauty

RSM3853 on February 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

My research shows “Mutiny on the Bounty” opening at the Blue Mouse the week of December 19-25,1962 and “Barabbas” opening the same week at the 5th Avenue.

Redwards1 on February 22, 2014 at 11:34 pm

The Blue Mouse was the first Seattle theatre to install 70mm projection. Mutiny On The Bounty was filmed in 70mm Ultra Panavision. The 5th Avenue is a much larger theatre and did not have 70mm capability. They are on the same street, as was the Music Box, also a small venue like the Blue Mouse.

dickneeds111 on February 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm

The 5th Ave did have 70mm and it was also a roadshow house. I saw Dr Dolittle(what a piece of junk)_and also the 70mm version of Gone With The Wind which was poorly transferred with side and top cut out.

dallasmovietheaters on January 7, 2016 at 3:57 pm

John Hamrick owned and designed his $350,000 showplace launching on Christmas Day 1920 with “The Furnace.” The glassed-in projection room with Simplex projectors was fashioned after the famous Capitol Theatre in NYC.

Aileen56 on April 12, 2016 at 5:15 am

I remember this theatre from the 1960’s. I went to West Queen Anne Elementary, and I have a memory of being let loose here one Saturday afternoon with a ton of other kids to see some old western, I believe (but could be wrong) that it was intended as a “thank you” of sorts for being a safety patrol in the Seattle Public School system. I remember it as an old theatre, huge, with lots of high up balconies. I remember not giving a hoot about the movie, but running around that big, old theatre was such a gas. A very sweet childhood memory.

pnelson on October 21, 2016 at 8:34 pm

I saw the Mutiny on the Bounty at the Blue Mouse. 7Omm. Best screen and sound ever. Music Box had this also I think. I Saw West Side Story there and many other big reserved seat first runners. These two theatres were the choice ones for the big movies. 5th Avenue got lots of them too. Orpheum and Music Hall a few also. Did not seem like the Paramount got many. Coliseum got a few. It was always a first run house. Sound of Music, Rosemary’s Baby, El Cid, played the 5th Avenue. The Blue Mouse did not seem that big but it made up for it by the huge wide screen. Loved the place. Oh and The Music Man played there a long time too. I think Molly Brown may have played the Music Box. I am not sure about that though.

Michael Aronson
Michael Aronson on January 26, 2022 at 12:50 pm

Hi, I am writing a book on John Hamrick and his PNW theaters. I’m looking for any additional photos of the Blue Mouse and his other theaters and any additional records from his companies, including Evergreen. Thanks! Mike Aronson, University of Oregon

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