Coliseum Theatre

405 Mission Street,
Ketchikan, AK 99901

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DavidZornig on December 16, 2019 at 7:22 pm

Additional photo of the 1956 fire on page 3 of the below Historic Ketchikan link. There is also a Grand Theatre on page 8 that I will set up a page for.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 6, 2018 at 11:52 am

This item from the June 2, 1923, issue of The Moving Picture World is about the first Coliseum Theatre:

“Gross Will Attract Floating Population

“When W. D. Gross of Juneau, Alaska, was in Seattle recently he made arrangements with B. F. Shearer, Inc., for the complete equipment and furnishings, lighting effects, etc., for his new Coliseum Theatre in Ketchikan.

“Gross will have one of the finest houses on the coast. It will cost in the neighborhood of $85,000 and will seat 1,000. The theatre will be planned somewhat like the Liberty Theatre of Seattle, with a ramp going up to the mezzanine floor where it divides, circling to the balcony. Plans are by R. H. Rowe, architect of Seattle.

“A novel feature is the fact that Gross has ordered three large electric signs. The third is to be erected where it will shine from a high position out over the bay, the direction in which the theatre fronts. Ketcikan is a great anchorage for fishing fleets, and Gross wants to attract the ‘floating population.’”