Coliseum Theatre

Franklin Street,
Juneau, AK 99801

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Previously operated by: Gross-Alaska Theatres

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Coliseum Theatre

The Coliseum Theatre was built in 1928 for W.D. Gross and located on Franklin Street adjacent to the Triangle Building. A 2/8 Kimball organ was installed the same year.

In 1940, the organ was moved to Gross' new 20th Century Theatre (q.v.), which had just opened a year earlier, in the Triangle Building on Front Street. The Coliseum Theatre was destroyed by a blaze in January 1946.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on May 18, 2006 at 12:05 pm

This photo is from 1918. I think I will stay in Southern California:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 13, 2015 at 2:19 pm

There was a Coliseum Theatre operating in Juneau at least as early as 1917, when it was mentioned in the September issue of the official organ of the Washington State Music Teachers' Association, Music and Musicians. It is the theater depicted in the 1918 photo kencmcintyre linked to.

On December 7, 1922, a local newspaper reported the W. D. Gross had bought property next to the Alaskan Hotel and planned to build a 1,000-seat theater on the site, after which the old Coliseum would be converted into a dance hall. I don’t know if this project was carried out or not, but if it was then the theater that got the Kimball organ in 1928 might have been the second Coliseum Theatre.

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