With about 150 people looking on, a ribbon cutting (that was actually film) was held at the now restored Admiral Theater on March 22. Emceed by Clay Eals, Executive Director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society the event was attended by local leaders, neighbors, friends, and fans of the theater.
The event dubbed “The Ship Sails Again: Four Screens, Four Eras.” featured four programs, each representing a turning point in the theater’s history and featuring films that have played the Admiral or its predecessor, the Portola Theater (which was in the building that is the current theater’s lobby):
ERA ONE, the Portola Theater’s opening in 1919: A slate of classic silent films: Charlie Chaplin’s war parody “Shoulder Arms” (1918), plus three shorts, Harold Lloyd’s “The Marathon” (1919) and Buster Keaton’s “One Week” (1920) and “Cops” (1922). “Shoulder Arms” played the Portola Theater in August 1927.