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Pacific Color Lab building to soon house bilingual school for young children

What do you think? (2 Comments) January 14, 2011 at 6:03AM

Construction is almost complete at the Pacific Color Lab building (7107 Woodlawn Ave NE).

The building’s signature tower was removed in September.  The tower was an architectural hold-over from 1937-1950, when the building operated as a movie theater.  [Update, Saturday, Jan. 15: a My Green Lake reader remembers watching this building being built in 1937.  See his comment below.]

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

Extensive remodeling has taken place at the building, according to Ray France Sosa, Business Manager at La Escuelita Bilingual School.  The school will be joining Pacific Color in the building in March.

A flier about the school describes La Escuelita as “a bilingual bicultural educational program” for children ranging in age from infants through 5-year-olds.  The school uses a theme-based curriculum that “offers opportunities for children to work in groups,” as well as “interactive learning based on choice and reflection.”

Flyer image courtesy La Escuelita Bilingual School

2 Responses to “Pacific Color Lab building to soon house bilingual school for young children”

  1. Rickbarrett says:

    In 1937 I was a young boy sitting on the loading dock of my dad’s furniture store across the alley from the future Green Lake Theatre, watching the fascinating process of building the forms, pouring the cement, (done by burly men pushing wheelbarrows up temporary ramps) and finally removing the forms to reveal the woodgrain patterns left by the 1×8 boards that forms were made of in those days. My dad’s old furniture store has long-since been the Red Hen, since she wandered away from her original home at Phinney Ave and N 50th St. Years later when I was a student at Lincoln High School the theare was a favorite destination from my Wallingford home for movies and a burger and chips at the attached cafe.
    I thought the recently-removed tower was such a futuristic emblem of the times to come (please remember this was pre WW2 and I was an impressionable six-year-old who believed that my Jack Armstrong lie-detector device would actually perform as advertised. What a letdown when I deliberately lied to it and it didn’t out me. I actually mailed it back to whatever cereal company, Wheaties, “Breakfast of Champions” was their logo and never heard from them again, thus began my disillusion with the power base, which continues to this day. I got even by never again eating Wheatys).

    • Anonymous says:


      Thank you, thank you, thank you, for sharing this anecdote!

      It must have been hard for you to see that tower come down…