Mount Baker Theatre
Bellingham enjoyed an ideal location on the well-worn Pacific Coast vaudeville circuit in the early 1900s. With a population of 35,000 and a well-deserved reputation as a ‘theater town’ (14 theaters were listed in the 1914 City Directory), Bellingham was targeted by West Coast Theatres as an ideal site for an addition to their growing network of movie palaces.. Controlled by William Fox of 20th Century Fox Studios, West Coast Theatres brought out the majestic qualities in movie palace design while also insisting on magnificently structured buildings. Mount Baker Theatre was one result of this vision, and incorporated the most modern reinforced concrete building techniques with architect R.C. Reamer’s imaginative Moorish-Spanish motif and elaborate interior. Mount Baker Theatre was completed after only one year, the grand opening filling the house for the first time on the evening of April 29, 1927.

Mount Baker Theatre
104 North Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Administration: 360-733-5793
Box Office: 360-734-6080
Fax: 360-671-0114

The Pickford Cinema
Bellingham’s only independent cinema; part of the Whatcom Film Association.

Address: 1416 Cornwall Ave.

For Movie Times Call:
(360) 738-0735
WFA/Pickford Office:
(360) 647-1300

About the WFA:
In 1998 a group of local film-lovers formed the Whatcom Film Association to revive a small independent movie theater in downtown Bellingham and establish and maintain a viable showcase for alternative cinema in Whatcom County. On November 20, 1998 the WFA opened the doors of the Pickford Cinema, an intimate 90-seat venue that recalls the small art houses of the ’60s and ’70s, providing local film-goers an opportunity to see films that did not previously come to Bellingham. Primarily a venue for independent, foreign and documentary releases, “The Pickford” is a welcome addition to the revitalization of downtown Bellingham and the primary reason that the WFA received the Mayor’s Arts Award for 1999.