Star Theatre

961 1st Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98104

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Previous Names: Madison Street Theatre, Alcazar Theatre

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Star Theatre

The Madison Street Theatre was opened in 1902. In 1904 it was renamed Alcazar Theatre and was one of Seattle’s first theatres to show live plays. It became the Star Theatre in 1905, Seattle’s first vaudeville theatre owned by a man by a local legend by the name of John Considine. The Star Theatre was also among the first theatres in Seattle to offer film presentation. It was closed in 1911 and was demolished by 1913.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 2, 2022 at 10:42 pm

The Pacific Coast Architecture Database has a page for this theater. PCAD gives a slightly different history, saying that the house opened as the Madison Street Theatre in 1902, was the Alcazar in 1904 and 1905, and then John Considine operated the house as the Star Theatre #2 from 1905 to 1911.

At this point, PCAD’s page goes a bit off the rails, saying that the house later operated as the Owl, the State, and the Rivoli, but their own page for the Tivoli Theatre (later the State and the Rivoli) says that the latter house was a new build on the site of the Star Theatre. As the Tivoli didn’t open until November, 1913, it’s possible that the Star (or Owl, as it might have been called by then) operated into the early part of that year. In any case, 1913 is probably the year the Star was demolished.

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