Lacey Street Theatre

504 Second Avenue,
Fairbanks, AK 99701

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Previously operated by: Lathrop Co., Wometco Theatres

Architects: Benjamin Marcus Priteca

Functions: Museum, Special Events

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Lacey Street Theatre exterior

Opened on January 25, 1940 with Joan Crawford in “Ice Follies”, the Lacey Street Theatre was built and operated by local businessman “Cap” Lathrop, who built much of downtown Fairbanks. The Lacey Street Theatre was designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca and in a Streamline Moderne style, and continued to operate for over four decades. It was closed by Wometco Theatres in 1980.

It now is home to the Fairbanks Ice Museum and also Ice Alaska and Freeze Frame.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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William L. Coale, Ph.D.
William L. Coale, Ph.D. on July 12, 2007 at 5:21 pm

The proprietor of the Lacey Street Theatre (now the Ice Museum) acquired the original Kimball(?) theater pipe organ from the Empress Theater (now converted to shops) down the street, and has it in storage upstairs at the Ice Museum.

MPol on May 24, 2009 at 12:24 pm

What a place to have a movie theatre or whatever—right next door to a college campus. Too bad that the Lacey Street Theatre is no longer at least USED as a theatre on occasion.

DavidZornig on January 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm

Lacey Street Theatre building in the background of a 1958 photo, added courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

rivest266 on March 29, 2021 at 2:36 am

Opened on January 25th, 1940. Grand opening ad posted. Closed by Wometco in 1980.

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