Known Years of Operation

Nov 28, 1921 - Oct 7, 1939

Number of Seats



John Hamrick (owner), Fred Teufel (manager), Al Raleigh (manager), Ranier Theas. Corp. (owner), Hamrick-Evergreen (owner), Herbert Sobottka (manager)

Additional Facts

  • John Hamrick, the original owner, owned several theaters throughout the Pacific Northwest during the 1920s-1940s
  • Hamrick was known to decrease his theater prices during the summer season to attempt to increase ticket sales (going from 50 cents for evening showings to 35 cents)
  • In the late 1930s, John Hamrick teams up to form Hamrick-Evergreen Co.

After buying out The Globe theater in October of 1921, owner John Hamrick closed it down to change it to a “first-class first-run show” theater (1). The Globe would soon become the Blue Mouse -- named after another one of Hamrick’s successful theaters in Seattle, WA -- and would go under a $30,000 dollar remodel (roughly $450,000 dollars today) changing the seats, seating arrangement, and entrance to the theater (1). After construction, the theater reopened as the new Blue Mouse on November 28th, 1921, premiering William Fox’s Queen of Sheba for its big opening night (2). 

Article from the Moving Picture World Journal, in 1921, discussing the new owner of The Globe, and the renovations being made to change it to the Blue Mouse theater
Moving Picture World Journal, November 5th, 1921, p.110

After its grand opening, the Blue Mouse theater was fairly successful, as one of the big downtown theaters filmgoers could attend. Throughout the 1920s Hamrick made sure to make the theater known, as several promotional advertisements for different films showing at the theater were in The Oregon Daily Journal and even the Film Daily. Some of the advertisements would take up a whole page, such as the one for the film A Sailor-Made Man (3). Others would even take up two full columns within newspapers, such as the one for Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight (4).

Other interesting promotions the theater had were free matinee tickets and cash prizes. In September of 1922, an advertisement for the film A Tailor-Made Man appeared in The Oregon Daily Journal, illustrating how to get a free ticket for a matinee showing at the Blue Mouse theater (5). To get the ticket, one would need to bring in a ‘want ad’ or ‘classified cash ad’ to The Oregon Daily Journal on the verified days, and the ad would come with your free ticket (5). A few months later, Hamrick himself would hold a singing contest at the Blue Mouse for a cash prize, where patrons of the theater could vote upon their favorite contestants through an admission ticket (6). According to the article, the competition is only open to, “bona fide vocalists,” where the first-place prize would be $500 dollars, second place $250, third $150 and fourth $100 (6).

Advertisement for the Blue Mouse Theater from The Oregon Daily Journal, in 1922, addressing the promotion the theater is holding for free matinee tickets through the newspapers ad service
The Oregon Daily Journal, September 28th, 1922, p.19 

After 1922 -- though the theater remained under the ownership of John Hamrick for some time -- Blue Mouse went through several managers, switching between local theaters. Fred Teufel, manager of Blue Mouse would switch with Al Raleigh in 1923 (7). However, there are still some inconsistencies with exact dates and changes in management due to finding Fred Teufel’s name listed in the 1925 Film Daily Year Book as the manager for Portland’s Blue Mouse (8). There are other discrepancies with the timeline of theater owners for the theater, such as an article from the Film Daily stating the theaters ownership getting transferred to the Ranier Theas. Corporation in 1935 (9). Though, around 1938, an article from the Motion Picture Herald indicates that the owners Hamrick-Evergreen of Blue Mouse would be closing the theater (10). Hamrick-Evergreen would reopen the theater once more in 1939 as a newsreel theater, which would also be the last article that mentions the theater in much depth (11).

Works Cited

  • 1. "Hamrick Acquires Globe," Moving Picture World Journal, November 5ht, 1921, p.110, Media History Digital Library

  • 2. "The Reason Why I Selected the Queen of Sheba," The Oregon Daily Journal, November 26th, 1921, p.2,

  • 3. "Harold Lloyd in A Sailor-Made Man," Film Daily, February 19th, 1922, p.10, Media History Digital Library

  • 4. "Now Playing at The Blue Mouse," The Oregon Daily Journal, November 19th, 1922, p.46,

  • 5. "Free Matinee Tickets to the Blue Mouse," The Oregon Daily Journal, September 28th, 1922, p.19,

  • 6. "$1000 in Prizes Offered in Citys' Sweetest Singers," The Oregon Daily Journal, December 17th, 1922, p.26,

  • 7. "Blue Mouse Managers Switched," Film Daily, March 24th, 1923, p.4, Media History Digital Library

  • 8. Film Daily Year Book, 1925, p.546, Media History Digital Library

  • 9. Film Daily, September 26th, 1935, p.12, Media History Digital Library

  • 10. Portland Theatremen Expect Increased Business in Fall," Motion Picture Herald, August 20th, 1938, p.38, Media History Digital Library

  • 11. Boxoffice Journal, October 7th, 1939, p.37, Media History Digital Library

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