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Bremerton - Admiral Theatre

515 Pacific Avenue


In 1941, The Admiral Theatre, originally to be named the Rivoli, was constructed for an estimated cost of $250,000.

In 1941, the Theatre’s original construction included reinforcing steel throughout its walls: This, during the pre-War steel shortages!

In June of 1941, a “Name the Theatre” contest was held prior to building completion and thus, the facility became the Admiral Theatre.

The Theatre’s marquee construction was the last approved non-war use of sheet metal in 1941, as construction of similar marquees was prevented under governmental regulation of essential materials needed for the war.

On May 7, 1942, The Admiral Theatre opened its doors with a gala event and benefit for the Navy Relief Society. The first feature: The Northwest premiere of “Reap the Wild Wind!”

On June 10, 1948 the Admiral Theatre Marquee welcomed President Harry S. Truman to Bremerton for his historic “Give ‘em Hell Harry!” speech, presented just across the street.

In the Fall of 1948, the local funeral home burned and frantic mortuary employees transported caskets across the street to be temporarily housed in the cool environs of the Admiral Theatre.

Bowing to competition from suburban multi-plex cinemas, the theatre was tri-plexed in the 1980’s. Yellow and brown acoustical tiles covered the once pastel walls, 20 percent of the seats in the balcony were removed to make room for two new staircases leading to the cinemas upstairs, and the graceful curve of the balcony was cloaked with steel reinforced walls and painted black.

Despite attempts to remain competitive, the tenant left the building and the Admiral Theatre finally closed on May 17, 1989.

In 1989, the ownership of the theatre transferred to Olympic College’s Bremer Trust from the Estate of Edward Bremer.

In 1990, 15 local business and community leaders formed the non-profit Admiral Theatre Foundation to renovate and operate the theatre.

After a $4.2 million capital fund-raising drive, the Foundation transformed the movie house into a one-of-a-kind live performance theatre and facility for multiple community uses.

In May 1997, the Admiral Theatre was re-opened.

On May 7, 2002 The Admiral Theatre celebrated 60 years of entertainment history in Bremerton with a return showing of "Reap the Wild Wind."


Kerry Kelly

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
We saw Five For Fighting there on January 20,2018. We had balcony tickets, ushers were very friendly. Cozy, but good view of the stage. Next time will try Floor seating - set as a dinner show. Menu selection I saw on line looked very good and reasonably priced. Fun date with my husband- easy drive from Tumwater. Would go again.

Robert Miller

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
Unless you like to get harassed by management's buddies, then made to feel like it is your fault for speaking up and saying something I would not go here. A family member was harassed by another patron. We were told that there was nothing they could do because "they didn't see it." Then was asked if we would like to move tables. The manager made a snarky comment later, when I asked him why we should have to move instead of the woman who harassed us, that he was going to move us to a "better table" because it was easier for him. Oh, but they were willing to put a security person 20 ft away "to keep an eye on things." I am never coming back again and never supporting this horrible establishment that thinks such treatment is okay. In response to the owner. Is it also appropriate to renege on your promise to refund us our tickets the next business day because the bill for the table (not just our bill) was more than the price of the tickets? The manager refused to let me pay our bill that night stating multiple times that it was going to be covered. Is it also appropriate to not call us back and once we did get a hold of the manager he got flustered and circuitous in his argument trying to explain why we were not getting a refund? He did not seem to be aware that we contacted law enforcement about the situation after he and his security staff did not handle the situation appropriately. We were asked if we wanted to move to a different table rather than him making contact with the patron who originally disrupted our evening. We were not asked to leave the establishment. He then proceeded to hang up on us today after we asked to speak to his supervisor or get a number a corporate office. He also made the comment that if we had not left reviews expressing our displeasure, we would have gotten a refund. He then proceeded to say he had been unable to talk with us on Saturday and did not learn about what happened until after we left, even though he was making no effort to learn about the situation from us or talking with the other patron prior to us contacting law enforcement. The floor manager then stated law enforcement advised him to not refund the cost of our tickets, and that is why the tickets were not being refunded even though he had talked about "not knowing what the situation was" previously being his reasoning for not refunding the tickets.


Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
Great venue. Pretty much any seat you get in the place will give you a nice view of the stage. Prices for drinks and food isn't too bad either.

Chris Bloomquist

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
Took a weekend trip from Seattle to see Five for Fighting and super impressed! Great vibe, sound, etc. It's like a mini Paramount for a fraction of the cost and more intimate experience. Totally coming back!

Steven Banks

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
The Admiral Theatre is a great venue. If you can make it to an event here, you should. We were there for Howard Jones' 3rd stop on his current US Tour, and there wasn't a bad seat in the house.

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