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The Arabian Theater building: 1956 and 2011

What do you think? (4 Comments) June 13, 2011 at 4:46PM

In the past we have shared historical photographs of the Green Lake Theater (now the home of Pacfic Color Inc and La Escuelita) and the Bathhouse Theatre in Green Lake Park.

Today, via seattlepi.com, here are some archival photos of another Green Lake theater of days past: the Arabian Theater:

The Arabian Theater operated as a movie theater at 7610 Aurora Ave N. It opened in 1925 and stayed running for more than 30 years.

The above photographs were taken in 1956, the last year the building was an operating movie theater.

According to Casey McNerthney at seattlepi.com, the nearly 7,200-square-foot building was renovated in 1975 and it is now owned by the Saint Germain Foundation, a religious organization. The building has been modified, but the stained glass window from the theater remains.

Here is a shot of the building as it looks now:

 

Thanks for the tip, Shana!

4 Responses to “The Arabian Theater building: 1956 and 2011”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps worth noting that the Arabian and the old Green Lake Theater are connected through one 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/seattle-now-and-then/seattle-now-then-the-green-lake-theatre-1947/

    A view of the Arabian during its heyday here:

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