Historic theater burns in Seattle's U-District

A fire in a historic theater in Seattle’s University District sent a plume of smoke over the neighborhood Thursday.

Crews responded to the Seven Gables Theatre about noon Christmas Eve.

More than 130 firefighters and 20 fire trucks were on the scene when the roof began to collapse, forcing crews to fight the fire from a safer distance. They had it under control by 2 p.m. monitored hot spots through the afternoon. 

There were no reports of injuries. 

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The Seven Gables Theatre, a former dance hall, opened in 1976 and was known for showing independent films, documentaries and other movies. It closed in 2017.

Fire in Seattle's U-District