Bison Theatre

411 6th Avenue S,
Seattle, WA 98104

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The Bison Theatre was opened in 1903. It was still open in 1915, but had closed by 1926.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 15, 2017 at 11:44 am

Asian Americans at the movies : race, labor, and migration in the Transpacific West, 1900-1945, a 2008 dissertation by U.C. San Diego student Denise Kohr, contains this line:

“Japanese showmen Kaita and Yamada were not novices to the business of the movies. They were successful entrepreneurs who had opened the Bison Theatre in Seattle in 1903.”
The complete dissertation is available in the popular PDF format here. It has quite a bit of information about movie theaters operated by Japanese Americans in Seattle (ten such houses were in operation there in 1919) and other American cities.

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