From Salem to Spokane, the Northwest's great movie theaters are springing back to life

Sunset  – September 10, 2004

Pleasure palaces


Egyptian Theatre. First-run films. 700 W. Main St.; (208) 342-1441.

The Panida Theater. Opened in 1927, this theater hostspopular and classical music events, plays, and variety shows inaddition to screening alternative movies. 300 N. First Ave.; or (208)263-9191.


Liberty Theater. For spring concert schedule, check websiteor call. 1203 Commercial St.; www.liberty-theater.orgor (503) 325-5922.

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. This venue began life as thePortland Theatre in 1928; it’s now part of the Portland Center forthe Performing Arts. Guided tours Wed and Sat (free; call for timesand meeting spot). 1037 S.W. Broadway Ave.; or (503)248-4335.

Bagdad Theater & Pub. This Middle Eastern fantasy nowhouses a brew pub as well as a movie theater. 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.; (503) 236-9234.

The Hollywood Theatre. Art, independent, and revival films. 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd.; www.hollywoodtheatre.orgor (503) 493-1128.

Elsinore Theatre. Silent films on the first Wed of everymonth; one of the films Mar 3 is The Inheritance, with HaroldLloyd. Dublin’s Traditional Irish Cabaret on Mar 13. 170 High St. S.E.; www.elsinoretheatre.comor (503) 375-3574.


Mount Baker Theatre. Moorish-Spanish theater hosts plays andconcerts. 104 N. Commercial St.; www.mountbakertheatre.comor (360) 734-6080.

The Historic Everett Theatre. Opened as an opera house in1901, it was rebuilt as a movie theater in 1924. Now partlyrestored, it has a Kimball Theatre Pipe Organ similar to the oneplayed on opening night in 1924. 2911 Colby Ave.; www.everetttheatre.orgor (425) 258-6766.

Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The restoredItalian Renaissance-style theater dates from 1925. 1231 Vandercook Way; www.columbiatheatre.comor (360) 575-8499.

The 5th Avenue Theatre. This breathtaking Chinese-style 1926theater now stages musicals and other events. 1308 Fifth Ave.; www.5thavenuetheatre.orgor (206) 625-1418.

The Paramount Theatre. Called the Seattle Theater when builtin 1928, the Paramount is hosting Oklahoma! Mar 2-7. Tours on thefirst Sat of each month (free; call for details). 911 Pine St.; or(206) 467-5510.

The Fox Theater. Restoration of this art deco masterpiece isscheduled; theater remains open for tours (free; by appointment). Sprague Ave. at Monroe St.; www.foxtheaterspokane.orgor (509) 326-3136.

Capitol Theatre. Designed by Alexander Pantages and built in1920, this theater survived a 1975 fire and was completely restoredin the late 1970s. 19 S.W. Third St.; www.capitoltheatre.orgor (509) 853-2787.

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