AKA: Neptune Theater, University District, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Ryan, Henderson, Architect (firm); Henderson Ryan (architect/building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1920-1921

3 stories, total floor area: 29,636 sq. ft.

1303 NE 45th Street
University District, Seattle , WA 98105

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In 1922, the Neptune was located at 1303 East 45th Street.

Building History

Originally part of the theatre chain owned by Claude Jensen and John von Herberg (1880-1947), the Neptune Theatre opened on 11/16/1921. Like many mixed-use projects of 1910s-1930s, the theatre was embedded in a three-story commercial property that also included first-floor retail space and offices on the upper two floors. (For more on the Jensen and Herberg partnership, see Eric Flom, "Seattle's Venetian Theater reopens on February 11, 1927," article written 02/25/2006,Accessed 10/10/2011.) In 2015, Neptune Theatre LLC owned the building.

Building Notes

The Neptune occupied a 11,405-square foot (0.26-acre) lot. It contained, in 2015, 29,636 gross square feet, 23,163 net.


Renovations went on c. 2010-2011 to transform the Neptune from a film theatre to a performing arts center. The King County Assessor listed the changes: "Change of use from motion picture theater to performing arts theater with accessory drinking estblishment, with interior alterations, and occupy per plans." (See King County, Department of Assessments, "Property Assessment Record for KIng County Parcel #1142000235," accessed 02/12/2015.) A grand-reopening for the Neptune Theatre occurred on 09/25/2011 with a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

PCAD id: 8616