Roycroft Theatre

708 19th Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98122

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JackCoursey on May 22, 2022 at 11:34 pm

The Roycroft was built in 1925 and closed in 1959. Its style is Mediterranean Revival and it is currently the Russian Community Center. Part of the original Roycroft signage is still visible just above the entrance.

Druxy on February 21, 2010 at 8:24 am

My Saturday afternoons during the late 1940s and early 1950s were spent at the Roycroft’s weekly matinees. They showed a serial, cartoons, a newsreel and a family-oriented feature. Sometimes, they even gave out free comic books.

JCL on January 25, 2008 at 9:04 am

Thanks ‘Lost Memory’ for the extra info on the Roycroft.

Later in life I went into theatre management. Returned a few times to the northwest and managed houses in: Seattle; Tacoma; Snohomish and a
few others. Also worked a bit on Seattle’s ‘film row’ for Universal and others. This was in early ‘60s and again in early '70s.

JCL on August 30, 2007 at 1:42 pm

Thanks for the info comment by ‘DennisNyback’ and the great early
photo by Lost Memory. I have just recently signed on to this great site. Starting to leave some comments, etc. The Roycroft was a great find, as I have not been able to find in past. I was born and raised in Seattle, down just a few blocks from the Roycroft. It was the first movie house I was ever in. My young aunt, (more like a sis) always took me with her. My memories of the theatre are very few, (I was just 7 when we left Seattle). The early movie experience must have rubbed off on me, as I started working theatres at age (14) in Sacramento, Ca. and spent some 25 years in theatre
management. Thanks Cinema Treasures.

DennisNyback on November 17, 2002 at 2:26 pm

The Roycroft has long been the home of the Russian Center. The sloped floor auditorium was leveled out and a hard wood dance floor installed. On the North exterior wall you can still read a sign that says WHY PAY DOWNTOWN PRICES? WAIT AND SEE IT AT THE ROYCROFT