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Pacific Color building to lose its signature tower

What do you think? (11 Comments) September 10, 2010 at 9:49PM

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The Pacific Color building, located at 7107 Woodlawn Ave NE (between Starbucks and The Big Hole), is undergoing a major renovation.

RGN Construction is heading up the project and roofing is being done by KSR Commercial and Industrial Roofing.  According to a sign on the door of the building, work began on August 23, 2010.

Kelly Stergo of KSR Roofing told me that the project will “beautify the building inside and out.”  In addition to the roofing work, the interior and exterior will be painted.

The building will be also be losing its signature tower, a remnant from when it operated as a movie theater from 1937 to 1950.

From HistoryLink.org:

The Green Lake Theater, shown the week it opened in August 1937 | Copyright seattlepi.com | Used with permission

Acclaimed as one of the Northwest’s finest theaters with its Mirrophonic sound, air conditioning, and a capacity of 750 patrons — “every seat a loge chair” — the new Green Lake Theater was one of several north end neighborhood theaters to open during the Depression, providing momentary escape from the daily drear of economic hard times.

The first feature film shown at “The Show Place of Seattle” was 3 Smart Girls, with Deanna Durbin.

In addition to housing Pacific Color Inc, the building will soon be occupied by La Escuelita Bilingual School.

11 Responses to “Pacific Color building to lose its signature tower”

  1. It seems this could only be an improvement over that ugly industrial box that has taken up that space in recent decades.

  2. Cookiehead21 says:

    Too bad they can’t make it into a movie theater again….

  3. Anonymous says:

    While the current structure is an architectural abomination, what it replaced was not, and I think it unfortunate the new design was not able to accommodate the tower as a nod to the place of the building in the history of Green Lake. Perhaps it was structurally unsound or expensive to maintain. I suppose we shall just have to wait and see what shows up here next.

  4. I can do without the kind of “beautification” that thumbs its nose at history and eliminates the unique character of a structure.

  5. Alex says:

    THREE SMART GIRLS was also Deanna Durbin’s first feature film and it was a smash hit. I have some rare photos about the film at this link:

    http://www.deannadurbindevotees.com/movies-f1/three-smart-girls-t40.htm

  6. Anonymous says:

    THREE SMART GIRLS was also Deanna Durbin’s first feature film and it was a smash hit. I have some rare photos about the film at this link

    Hey, now we’re rolling . . .

    Another historical tidbit – the Green Lake Theater is linked to the old Arabian over on Aurora:

    http://content.lib.washington.edu/cdm-ayp/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/seattle&CISOPTR=1067&CISOBOX=1&REC=7 (before)

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Aurora+Ave.+N.+and+N.+77th+St.&sll=47.684055,-122.344415&sspn=0.006703,0.015836&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Aurora+Ave+N+%26+N+77th+St,+Seattle,+King,+Washington+98103&ll=47.684546,-122.344565&spn=0.007006,0.015836&z=16&layer=c&cbll=47.684461,-122.344557&panoid=_xuWt_MR9y63hP5v_nwXKw&cbp=12,104.86,,0,0.67 (now)

    through Lorenz Lukan, who “operated the Beacon, Arabian and other suburban theaters in Seattle as Lukan’s Far West Theatres” in the 1930′s. More here:

    http://pauldorpat.com/?p=7136

    Both these theaters have clearly seen better days, architecturally speaking.

  7. Greenlake Girl says:

    It is truly unfortunate that the old “LAKE” Theatre sign could not have been re-urposed and remained. I was delighted to drive by there today and see the sign revealed after fifty years of being covered up, and nearly cried when I read that it was slated to be torn down by the new occupants. Why couldn’t it be refreshed and repurposed? What a wonderful nod to the building’s past that would be.

    BOO. Bad way to join the neighborhood by destroying part of the neighborhood’s history.

  8. Just now came across this looking for info… drove by the building today and hadn’t heard what was going on. Sad to see the tower gone.

  9. Mary says:

    Is the Pacific Color Lab still going to be there? If not, that would be sad.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Mary!

      Yes, Pacific Color will be remaining the building, and a new tenant will soon move in as well – La Escuelita Bilingual School.

      -amy