Mount Baker Theatre

104 N. Commercial Street,
Bellingham, WA 98225

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Mount Baker Theatre (Official)

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Previously operated by: Evergreen State Amusement Corp., Fox West Coast Theatres

Architects: Robert C. Reamer

Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Film Festivals), Performing Arts

Styles: Spanish Moorish

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 360.733.5793
Manager: 360.733.5793

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Mount Baker Theatre (2012)

Opened by Pacific Northwest Theatres on April 27, 1927 with William Haines in “Slide, Kelly, Slide”. The Mount Baker Theatre was soon taken over by Fox West Coast Theatres who had confidence in Bellingham because even by 1914 there were more than a dozen vaudeville houses in town serving a population of just 35,000.

In 1978 it was put on The National Register Of Historic Places and its restoration was completed in 1996. It is owned by the city of Bellingham and operated by a registered not-for-profit corporation.

Tours are available and don’t forget to check out the ghost stories on their web site!

Contributed by Ron Pierce, Brian Heinrich

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

cascadekid1974 on February 13, 2005 at 9:17 pm

I went to a showing of a silent movie complete with oregon music back in 1995. It was a very cool thing and being I was only 20 at the time very unusual.

The theater is Morish in design and I heard at one time, there was a bright light atop the 100ft tower.

Beautiful theater for sure!

Kiddman on May 29, 2006 at 6:39 pm

Here is a link about the theatre and its history, mostly related to the Wurlitzer theatre organ, but with other info also…

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Kiddman on May 29, 2006 at 6:50 pm

Last weekend, I went to hear top-rated Australian theatre organist Neil Jensen in concert at the Mt. Baker’s 2 manual, 12 rank Wurlitzer.

What an experience! Not only was Jensen terrific, but the organ sounded fantastic! This theatre has WONDERFUL acoustics for a theatre organ! In most places, a smallish 12 ranks would have trouble filling up such a large room, but not here! The organ sounds wonderfully warm and rich, and no detail is missed, a surprising thing for such a big room.

Also, this theatre is VERY much worth going to see the beautiful architecture, lovingly restored as stated above. No pictures can do the place justice!

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on January 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm

WOW! Now THAT’S a theatre

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on January 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Does anyone know what movies played there in the 60’s?

Trolleyguy on July 16, 2016 at 6:59 am

Function should also include: Movies (classic) and film festivals.

rivest266 on September 1, 2019 at 9:36 am

This opened on April 27th, 1927. Grand opening ad posted.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 20, 2022 at 6:32 pm

According to the Pacific Coast Architecture Database, “[t]he Bellingham architect James Zervas (1926-2010) was instrumental in saving the [Mount Baker] theatre from demolition and for renovating it as a community performing arts center.”

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