AKA: Columbia Theatre, Downtown, Seattle, WA; New Empress, Theatre, Downtown, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Houghton, Edwin W., Architect (firm); Edwin Walker Houghton (architect)

Dates: constructed 1911-1912

1414 2nd Avenue
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98101

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In the planning stages, this theatre was originally to be called the "New Empress," but it took its name for its owners, John and James Clemmer, father and son, who owned a small number of theatres in Spokane and Seattle. It remained the Clemmer Theatre between 1912 and 1921. It sold in 1922, and was renamed the "Columbia Theatre." According to theatre historian Joe Vogel, writing on the Cinema Treasures.org web site, "Plans for the new theater are already being drawn by Architect E. W. Houghton, of this city. The theater will be 60 feet by 108 feet, and will seat about 1,500 people." (See Cinema Treasures.org, "Columbia Theatre," accessed 09/29/2016.)

PCAD id: 20653