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Cinetopia isn’t a movie theatre, it’s a bloody “video hall”. God help me, places like this are what are causing the needless and avoidable death of the hallowed film cinema.
This is where the Winco store and a smaller outparcel are today. Judging by the distance from the City Bark building at far left, the photo appears to have been taken approximately where the new complex’s entrance/driveway off NE Andresen is sited.
Already been converted to a boozer. I read in the Columbian about a month ago that they’ve filed a “Kick Starter” to put in all-electronic projection and remove its film equipment. It’s always sad to see a classic go by the wayside. I already take a dim view of boozers, but converting a theatre like this to another dime-a-dozen video hall is the ultimate form of blasphemy.
If I recall correctly, it was where the middle block of stores now stands, behind the mall and north of the Home Depot.
Opened as “Jantzen Beach Tri-Cinema” by Tom Moyer’s “Luxury Theatres” firm and absorbed by Act III in the late 1980s. Layout was similar to that of the Cascade Park 4 in Vancouver, with a second large auditorium where the latter’s two smaller ones would be. (See blueprint sketch on the Cascade Park 4 page.) Closed around 1995ish and bulldozed when the shopping complex underwent its first major wave of redevelopment, which also involved demolishing a large portion of the mall.
Today, the only physical evidence that there was ever a cinema at Jantzen Beach is the marquee billboard which (I think, since I don’t make it down that way very often these days) still stands along the southbound side of I-5 behind the Denny’s restaurant, a short distance south of the onramp.
Construction started sometime in either very late 1988 or very early ‘89 following the rest of the adjacent strip mall, but stalled for a couple years as a result of the Luxury Theatres-Act III buyout. It eventually opened summer of '92.
Yup, it’s hard to imagine but VP10 would have been Tom’s baby had the Moyers not been bought out!
I think it was also owned by Tom Moyer Luxury Theatres for its last several (?) years or so. I recall reading somewhere that Moyer’s running the place into the ground, so to speak, was what prompted its closure.
The north end of the Renfro field is where the Winco grocery store is today. The original marquee sign is still standing at the northeastern corner of 18th and Andresen (the intersection at the bottom of this satellite picture.)
This wall of the building, as well as the north wall (just off the left side of the shot) still partially exist, but have been heavily modified to suit the office building now on the property. The rest of the theatre was otherwise demolished.
In early 2011, Westminster Presbyterian sold the property to a Russian church group, which is currently occupying the site. The remodelling work they have done on it over the past year and a half has been so extensive, it’s doubtful the Cascade Park 4 will ever again be able to function as a movie theatre.