Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Moe, Bjarne, Architect (firm); Bjarne Holten Moe (architect)

Dates: constructed 1944

1 story, total floor area: 9,638 sq. ft.

3120 NE 125th Street
Lake City, Seattle, WA 98122

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The Sterling Recreation Organization (SRO), founded by John Danz, built the Lake City in the late 1940s and operated it until the early 1980s, when SRO was divesting itself of its theatre investments. Sterling sold its theatre operations to Cineplex Odeon of Toronto, ON, Canada, in 1986; Cineplex leased the venue first to a local dinner theatre company and then to local promoters for rock concerts in the late 1980s. Noise complaints forced the sale of building to the quiet Seattle Mennonite Church, who remodeled the interior. The exterior has remained more or less original.

Cinema has indicated that the Lake City Theatre seated 660 patrons; an article in the Seattle noted that it held 853. The King County Assessor listed the construction date as 1944, although this is unusual, as very few non-essential buildings were erected during World War II. The interior's first floor had 8,758 square feet, with a balcony containing 880 square feet. The former theatre and its land had a value of $765,900 in 2010.

Some remodeling occurred at the Lake City in 1969.