AKA: Roxy Theatre, Ballard, Seattle, WA; Bay Theatre, Ballard, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Priteca, B. Marcus, Architect (firm); Barnet Marcus Priteca (architect)

Dates: constructed 1914-1915

2044 NW Market Street
Ballard, Seattle, WA 98107-4012

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Building History

Opened on 04/03/1915, this theatre accommodated vaudeville performances and silent movies. It was converted to sound after 1929, and was renamed the Roxy Theatre. Al Dabestani owned the Bay Theatre from 1987-1998. In 1988, the Bay Theatre was considered the oldest single-screen movie venue still operating west of the Mississippi River. It closed as a first-run theatre in 07/1997.

Building Notes

Originally, the Majestic had a Neo-Classical facade, with a parapet and pilasters marking the facade. The Majestic had a Photoplayer pipe organ, one that could be played manually or from player rolls. The theatre utilized a heater that burned sawdust, inexpensive waste from the area's lumber mills. Supplies of sawdust were stored in the basement. The Bay Theatre seated 430 people when it closed in 1997.


Seattle architect, B. Marcus Priteca, renovated this theatre in 1948, providing a new nautical, moderne facade. The facade was a blue-green color composed of ceramic tile. It was renamed the Bay Theatre at this time.


New owners Ken and Marleen Alhadeff, who, according to newspaper accounts, originally sought to renovate the building, but ended up razing it in 06/1999. The Alhadeffs bought the building in 1998 for $325,000.

PCAD id: 8731