Monday, January 30, 2012

Historical photos: Shuttered Lake City businesses

As discussion begins to build about redevelopment of parts of the Lake City core and the possibility of redevelopment with community input, we wanted to share a pair of photos of long-shuttered businesses that used to be a part of our neighborhood.

The core area of our neighborhood used to feature a movie theater and at least one bowling alley. As interests changed and business models evolved, the businesses featured below were shuttered. It is unknown if either business would be successful in today's marketplace of Xbox 360 and home theater systems. But an community-oriented entertainment element to the neighborhood would likely be welcome.

Lake City movie theater on NE 125th Street shown in 1946. Photo courtesy Seattle P-I archive

The old movie theater is now the Seattle Mennonite Church

Lake City Bowl shown in 1946 at the corner of Lake City Way and NE 123rd Street. Courtesy Seattle P-I archive

The old bowling alley is now the Interior Floor Designs building.

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