Pantages Theater

901 Broadway,
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Previously operated by: Orpheum Circuit, Pantages, RKO

Architects: Benjamin Marcus Priteca

Firms: Carlson, Eley & Grevstad

Functions: Stage Shows

Styles: Greek Revival

Previous Names: RKO Orpheum Theater, Roxy Theater

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 253.591.5894

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Pantages Theater

Built as a vaudeville theater and opening on January 7, 1917 by Alexander Pantages. The Pantages Theater had 1,303 seats. Following a complete remodel by architectural firm Carlson, Eley & Grevstad, it was reopened as a movie theater, named Roxy Theater on September 30, 1932, screening Jack Holt in “This Sporting Age” & Andy Clyde in “The Giddy Age”. After years as a first run movie house (under the moniker of the Roxy Theater), the theater closed.

In 1978, the former Pantages Theater underwent renovation and finally reopened in 1983 for stage shows and concerts. Today, the Pantages Theater is again one of the best places in the area for live events.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 23, 2007 at 12:11 am

Randall: The Seattle Pantages is here under the name Rex Theatre.

HowardBHaas on August 31, 2007 at 12:17 pm

8-27-07 photo by Rob Bender of exterior especially vertical blade sign:
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Simon Overton
Simon Overton on March 23, 2010 at 9:45 am

On last nights Fox TV News, they devoted several very interesting minutes to show viewers the in’s and out’s of this lovely old palace.

As Tacoma is within a reasonable drive from the Portland, OR., area, my wife and I plan to see a show this coming weekend. Yup!!!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 21, 2011 at 2:07 am

A four-page article about the remodeling of the Roxy Theatre, formerly the Pantages, appeared in Boxoffice of October 22, 1955. The remodeling project was designed by the architectural firm of Carlson, Eley, Grevstad.

DavidZornig on January 13, 2016 at 7:22 pm

01/19/26 exterior photo courtesy of the Tacoma Public Library.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2016 at 1:50 am

Linkrot repair: The October 22, 1955, Boxoffice article about the remodeling of the Roxy is now at these links:

Page one

Page two

Page three

Page four

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 7, 2021 at 9:11 pm

Linkrot repair repair: Boxoffice now has its archive on a site that doesn’t appear to allow direct links to specific pages, but this link should take you to the cover of the October 22, 1955 issue. The article about the Roxy begins on page 12 of the issue’s “Modern Theatre” section, which is digital scan page 114.

rivest266 on July 10, 2021 at 2:53 pm

the RKO Pantages became the RKO Orpheum on August 22nd, 1930. Small ad posted.

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