Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1925-1926, demolished 1989

15th Avenue and East Pine Street
Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA 98122

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Building History

The Venetian Theatre opened in 11/1926, but closed quickly. It reopened 02/11/1927 under the ownership of Claude Jensen and John von Herberg. Jensen and von Herberg aggressively pursued a strategy of building smaller, second-run theatres in popular neighborhood locations at this time rather than maintaining the overhead of colossal downtown venues. The Venetian closed as a movie venue on 12/31/1958. In its later years, the theatre was used for various purposes.

Building Notes

When it opened in 1926, the Venetian seated 800; it cost, supposedly around $150,000, although it was sold in 1927, just after opening, for approximately $50,000. The Venetian operated at 15th Avenue and East Pine Street in 1932.


Some alterations to the theatre were made just after opening in 01/1927.


The Venetian Theatre was razed in 07/1989. A supermarket occupied its location thereafter.

PCAD id: 10937