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Here’s the complete story about what the City of Lakewood is contemplating regarding the theater:
There’s fresh talk about the Lakewood Theatre. News Tribune reporter Brent Champaco posted some news on his blog.
Was this at 109 S. Meridian? It had been the Giggling Greek and now it’s Bagel Boyz?
The exterior of the building CLEARLY looks like it used to be a theater.
This is no longer the glass shop. It’s a home decor store called Posh Home.
Hmm. When I submitted this theater, I listed Regal as the most recent owner.
According to the article Lost Memory quotes above, King Cat is surely back in the movie business as well as live shows. The owner expects to show Indian films and get involved with local film festivals. (The Indian film “SarKar Raj” has been shown there in the past couple weeks.)
Can’t wait to see how the resurrected King Cat does.
It looked beautiful last night on “The Bachelorette.”
Here is its Web site: http://www.orchardtheater.com/
This theater has reopened! It’s now called The Orchard, and it will show a mix of first-run and independent films.
A guy named Jeff Brein of Far Away Productions is renovating the theater. It’s the eighth theater for Far Away. The company also owns the Lynwood Theatre, first opened in 1936, Bainbridge Cinemas and Olympic Cinemas in Kitsap County, Wash. Its other properties are in Oak Harbor, Anacortes and Ocean Shores.
Brein plans special events like classics nights, filmmaker showcases and fundraisers for local organizations. He said he’ll adjust offerings once he becomes more familiar with his audience.
Century Theatres is now part of Cinemark, according to Century Theatres' Web site: http://www.centurytheatres.com/
I am all for better editing. (Hey, I’m an editor for a living …)
This quotes/italics debate surprises me. As an editor and English major, I’ve always been instructed to put book and movie titles in quotes. This might be because I am a strict follower of AP style vs. Chicago Manual. Doesn’t bother me one way or the other — as long as we have some consistent editing and better spelling and grammar. Yay!
From The Daily World, the newspaper in Aberdeen, on Wednesday, Jan. 23:
John Yonich “is also buying the former Aberdeen Theater (now a church). The plan is to show first-run movies and special cinematic events for about $10 per ticket, as well as house retail space.”
Yonich is the guy who bought the D&R in Aberdeen and is restoring it for live shows.
It sounds like the vertical sign is something the Oly Film Society wants to work on. And if they can get some historic preservation folks behind ‘em, that would help their cause. No matter what, though, the name of the theater is etched into the building’s facade, and now we get to see those gorgeous old stained glass windows. I’d love this to be the start of people rallying around this theater and giving it some love.
Ken, I like the photos of the Capitol you posted. I see that some of your pix are from the State Theater, too. Love that old box office at the State.
The marquee of this theater is coming down. Demolition started yesterday (1/28). The good news is that removing the marquee revealed gorgeous stained glass windows. They depict four of the nine muses of Greek mythology.
The marquee being removed has been on the building since 1940, although it hasn’t lit up since the early 1990s. There’s talk of adding a marquee that mimics the 1924 original, which was a vertical sign.
There are photos of the demolition and a story at www.theolympian.com
The theater troupe “retired,” and the building is being leased to the City of Auburn. According to the Web site above, the city has announced plans to renovate the building.
Mark: It all depends on who you talk to. Every year there is a threat of closing. There are developers ready to pounce on the land. I hear the Valley 6 does OK business, though.
I’ve seen lots of great exterior shots, but nothing of the auditorium. Bummer.
It seems to be doing pretty well showing good second-run movies. The Blue Mouse also hosts a small international film festival each year.
Oh, according to a May 22, 2006, story in The Chronicle newspaper of Centralia, Wash., the theater was built in the late 1930s. It has a balcony.
According to this site — http://eastlewiscountychamber.com/MossyG.htm — the capacity is 271. First-run movies are shown Fridays through Mondays. The owner’s name is Diana McLeod.
Lost Memory: Your photo is recent enough that “Fracture” is playing. LOVE that this theater is back in business for both films and plays.
Someone should add the Pacific Lakewood Center to this site.
And there are WAY better doughnuts to eat in Tacoma than the ones at Krispy Kreme!
OH MY GOSH!!! Mark, the old clip from the Lakewood, Calif., theater could just as well be the Tacoma Mall Theatre.
I was going through the Tacoma Public Library photos of the Tacoma Mall Theatre and comparing them to the Lakewood theater … It’s eerie.
I feel a pilgrimage to Lakewood coming on.
This story sounds less gloom and doom …
However, I can find no follow-ups.