5th Avenue Theatre

5th Avenue Theatre

Architecture & Conservation | Seattle, WA | Completed

The 5th Avenue Theatre opened inside of Seattle’s historic Skinner Building in 1926 as a venue for silent film and live vaudeville performances. Modeled after three of Imperial China’s most significant architectural legacies—the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heavenly Peace, and the Summer Palace—the theater interior is representative of opulent Chinese design as romanticized by 1920s western ideals. After the Nisqually earthquake in February 2001, ARG surveyed the damaged interior and prepared documents for the repair and restoration of the theater’s interior plaster, decorative paint finishes, and cast plaster corbels.