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The Fourth Avenue Theater was built in 1947 in Anchorage, Alaska and seated 1100 people when it first opened. Also known as the Lathrop Building, the theater has a Streamline Moderne style, combined with Art Moderne and Art Deco designs. The construction of the building began in 1941, but took six years to be completed. The delay was actually a result of World War II.

B. Marcus Priteca, a lead designer of cinemas in the United States during that time was the one who designed the Fourth Avenue Theater. In the lobby, you will find a gold leaf mural of Mount McKinley, and in the main house, you will see decorations of gold and silver murals by Frank Bouman and Anthony Heinsbegergen. You will also find a rendering of the Big Dipper on the ceiling of the main room.

Today, the theater is used as a venue for special events that can host around 700 people.
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