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Catalog Number WF 1122.A,B
Caption Paramount Theater under construction
Description This series of five Brady photos (WF 1122-1126) are of the exterior of the Paramount Theater, built by Wallie V. Funk, Sr., in 1928-9 on the southeast corner of Commercial and 8th. The 11-8-1928 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "$80,000 Theatre will be erected. Theater to be erected by Wallie V. Funk ... will probably be called the Paramount. It is to have a beautiful foyer and lobby and a Spanish design will be applied to the entire decoration scheme ... Seating capacity 650." Note, this Spanish design was echoed in the newly redesigned lobby of the Wilson Hotel; see WF 1118. The 1-31-1929 issue reported the theater would open the following week. The Great Depression of the 1930s resulted in Funk losing the property; shortly afterward he opened Pay N' Sav Grocery in the Wilson Building; see WF 3397. The 9-7-1933 edition reported the theater was planning to open as the Roxy Theater; it closed in 1936 because of financial difficulties. The theater reopened in 1941 as Island Theater and remained in business through 1977; see WF 1051. The 9-14-1977 paper reported, "Island Theater is being closed and building sold to Island Savings and Loan." This view shows the building under construction with two workers standing in front. Note the "operations" shed at left with sign, "Kane-Shook Co. General Contracting. This view is very similar to WF 1123.
Date 1929 - c.
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Structure - Business
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Paramount Theater
Roxy Theater
Island Theater
Pay N' Sav Grocery
Wilson Building
Island Savings and Loan
Kane-Shook General Contracting
Object Name Print, photographic