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Washington's 6 Coolest Historic Movie Theaters

Washington's been around for a while now...127 years to be exact. Naturally, this means there have been a lot of places to indulge in one of America's favorite past times throughout the decades-- watching movies. From Everett to Hoquiam, we've rounded up the six coolest old movie theaters in the state-- enjoy the show!

Historic Everett Theater

  • The Historic Everett Theater first opened in 1901 under the name Everett Opera House. From live music to standup, the Historic Everett Theater hosts it all. The theater will be screening It's A Wonderful Life in the week leading up to Christmas, so seize the chance to check it out.
  • 2911 Colby Ave, Everett, WA 98201

Rose Theater

  • The Rose Theater originally opened in 1907 as a vaudeville house. A lot has changed in the world since then, and the venue has certainly adapted to the times. Today, the theater screens new movies in a rustic and beautiful setting. This theater in picturesque Port Townsend is not to be missed.
  • 235 Taylor St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Admiral Theater

  • Featuring two screens, this nautical themed movie theater is resplendent with murals hailing from the 1940's and sea inspired decor (you can't miss the seahorse chandeliers). They're currently screening the new Star Wars movie, so hop to it if you haven't seen it!
  • 2343 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

7th Street Theater

  • The tickets here are cheap and the curation is on point. Check out old classics as well as new favorites at this theater, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The theater features a painted sky on the ceiling, resplendent with clouds and stars - watching a movie here is a Washington state bucket list experience, especially if you fancy yourself a movie lover.
  • 313 7th St, Hoquiam, WA 98550

Garland Movie Theater

  • The Garland opened in 1945 and offers just about the cheapest flick you'll find in town. For just $5, you can feast your eyes on the silver screen. The theater screens an eclectic mix of films, so if you're lucky, you might be able to catch that classic film that's eluded you all these years or a thrilling second run flick. Hot tip: a stylish bar by the name of Bon Bon lives in the lobby - enjoy a well-crafted cocktail before or after your movie and channel your inner Humphrey Bogart or Rita Hayworth.
  • 924 W Garland Ave, Spokane, WA 99205

Ruby Theater

  • The Ruby Theater has been a fixture in Chelan, WA since 1914 when it was built, and named after the first manager's daughter. It's believed to be the oldest running film theater in the state, and we'd be pretty comfortable guessing that extends to the Northwest. Reader Larry Hibbard wrote in alerting us to this theater, after we initially posted a "5 Coolest Movie Theaters in WA" post. "It’s basic style became a prototype for thousands of small town or neighborhood theaters build around the country into the early forties. The interior, which features a pressed metal ceiling, horse shoe balcony, and plaster proscenium, is essentially the same as when it was built, yet with comfortable seats and digital projection it is a great place to enjoy current movies," said Hibbard. Consider us impressed, Larry - and thanks for the write in!
  • 135 E Woodin Ave. Chelan, Washington
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