North Commercial Street, 100 block, east side
22. Mt Baker
Federal and Local Landmark status.
N. Commercial Street. View from corner of N Commercial and W Champion
View south along N Commercial St. 4/13/2009
Entry from Bellingham City web site:
The Mount Baker Theatre was constructed in
1927 as part of the Fox
Coast Theatre chain of film and Vaudeville movie palaces. The same
who created the Old Faithful lodge in Yellowstone
National Park, R.C. Reamer,
designed Mt. Baker
theatre and four others (including the Fifth
theatre in Seattle) in the
Northwest region. After more than sixty years of continuous commercial
operation and numerous ownership changes, the Mt. Baker Theatre has
The visually dominant feature of this
strikingly bright building is
tiled roof of the marquee tower that displays the theatre's name. The
was one of the first reinforced concrete structures in the Pacific
Northwest. Another probable first the Mt. Baker Theatre can
is the nation's first installation of a Hope-Jones Wurlitzer organ in
still in regular use before screenings. To better accommodate a wide
performances, the depth dimension of the original stage has been
26 feet to 40; the width of the stage remains the same.
Before the Mt. Baker Theatre was placed on
the National Historic
1978, the 1971 state legislature attempted to acquire it for Western
located in Bellingham to
protection. When plans were announced to split the auditorium in two in
that would have ended all live performances, the public rallied to
this landmark. In 1983, a non-profit corporation, the Mount Baker
Committee, formed and within a year purchased the theatre transferring
title to public ownership.
Since then the theatre has undergone a
series of alterations to
vitality. It was awarded a Historic Community Theatre Development Grant
that allowed for safety repairs to the auditorium lights and
restoration of the
marquee and tower lighting; minor alterations also occurred in 1993 and
The Mount Baker Theatre has been a characteristic trademark of the city
since it was erected in 1927 and will continue to impress people as a
and Local landmark.
Link to description in Wisaard
of 100-120 N Commercial St.
Theater main entry. 4/13/2009
100 N Commercial St. The Pacific Café.
104 N Commercial St. The Mount Baker Theater ticket office.
North Commercial Street, 100 block, west side
119 N Commercial St. Bellingham Towers.
Built in 1930. 5/2/2009
to description in Wisaard
of 119 N Commercial St.