Play the following 4th Avenue Theatre game show and remember this popular Anchorage, Alaska movie house.
Anyone who lives in Anchorage, Alaska, or used to live there, will tell you, the 4th Avenue Theatre was everyone's favorite place to see a movie.
It was a palace. It was our movie palace.
Anchorage Memories has put together a keepsake e-book.
Filled with memories of the 4th Avenue Theatre that you haven't thought of in years.
You'll discover who built this special theatre and how they created those wonderful murals. Plus much more.
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From the e-book:
“It was the perfect place in Anchorage to see a movie.
Imagine the first time you went to see a movie at Anchorage's famed 4th Avenue Theater.
standing there on the sidewalk in front of the theatre, looking at the
colorful posters showing you what was playing and what would be playing
in the weeks and months to come, was fun.
And as you approached the box office to get your movie tickets, you knew you were about to enter a special place.”
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It seems like going to see a movie in Anchorage is like going to an event.
Maybe it's those long winters and all the darkness. And perhaps it's those long summer days. Or both.
Just the idea of getting out with friends or family to see the latest movie release was great fun.
Dinner and a movie? Lunch and a movie?
Remember stopping at Woolworths to purchase some candy and one of those great big bags of popcorn to take to the theatre for your snack treat?
And there was something about getting your ticket from that fun ticket booth before you entered the theatre.
That ticket was your passport to a wonderful experience.
Sometimes, just reading or hearing about something, brings back memories you haven't thought of in years. And that's a wonderful thing.
Imagine being there. You find yourself right in front of the 4th Avenue theatre, just waiting to go inside to see a movie as the warm glow of the neon sign welcomed you.
Maybe you remember seeing your friends there too.
And the concession stand with all those delicious choices and your favorites too. Can you smell that incredible aroma of freshly popped corn?
What about those oversized auditorium seats? Who do you think they were there for? Larger people, or for two people, so they could share a seat?
Then there was that magnificent staircase leading upstairs and to the balcony. As you looked, you could easily imagine a movie star or a princess walking slowly down those plush steps as their gloved hand glided gently down the beautiful handrail.
And remember being in your seat in the auditorium as the lights began to dim, the curtains parted, and that silver screen was suddenly filled with those wonderful movies?
Did you know that the 4th Avenue wasn't the first movie house in Anchorage?
There were two movie theatres on 4th Avenue, long before the 4th Avenue opened.
You may recall the Empress Theater which was a little farther down the street to the west. But did you know there was another theatre as well?
The Harmony theatre was the first movie house in Anchorage.
There isn't much known about the Harmony, but that theatre and the Empress opened in about 1916 when there wasn't much to do in the tent city that sprang up on Ship Creek Flats.
So, every movie that played the Empress or the Harmony, was seen by a full house.
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