AKA: Seven Gables Theatre, Seattle, WA; 7 Gables Theater, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Rising, Eric Carl, Architect (firm); Eric Carl Rising (architect)

Dates: constructed 1925

2 stories

911 NE 50th Street
University District, Seattle, WA 98105

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The Seven Gables Theatre was located on the southwest corner of NE 50th Street and Roosevelt Way NE.

Building History

The building originally opened in 1925 as an American Legion dance hall. The architect was the Swedish-born Eric Carl Rising (1892-1987), who later in his career worked for Naramore, Bain, Brady and Johanson (NBBJ).

The Seven Gables Theatre opened on 12/10/1976, operated by Randy Finley (born 07/30/1942). Finley built a chain of small, independent theatres during the 1970s and 1980s under the name "Seven Gables Corporation." He engaged large film exhibitor chains in an anti-trust trial in 1984, and won the case, but it became a Pyrrhic victory. He became exhausted by the level of paperwork and stress that the case engendered that he fled Seattle and toured the French Alps. He returned to Seattle and merged his Seven Gable Corporation with the Los Angeles-based Landmark Theatres Corporation in 1989.

With the revenue from his sale, he purchased the Mount Baker Vineyards and Winery in Everson, WA, near Bellingham, and put it up for sale in 2016 and sold it in 04/2018 to the China-based Sunking Finance Group.

The Seven Gables continued to operate under Landmark Theatres management, a company bought and sold four times during the 1980s through 2018. The Seven Gables ceased operations on 06/05/2017, ostensibly to make renovations, but the venue never reopened.


The Seven Gables Theatre experienced a fire in 09/23/2020, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

A three-alarm fire inflicted significant damage on the Seven Gables Theatre on 12/24/2020.

Seattle Historic Landmark (Listed 2017-09-22): ID n/a

King County Assessor Number: 5335200005 Department of Assessments eReal Property GIS Center parcel report GIS Center parcel viewer GIS Center iMap viewer

PCAD id: 8686