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Meanwhile in 2007 a 17-screen Century Theater opened in the former SeaTac Mall (now The Commons at Federal Way). The 8 screen in Gateway Center still exists, but it is now a Starplex and shows second-runs for $2.
Over the years between 2004 and 2008 or so, multiple mixed-used tower development projects were proposed by different developers, all of which fell through. The first was Symphony by United Partners, the second was an unnamed Korean project by Twin Development. The last proposal was to be the crowning achievement of architect Hisham N. Ashkouri, but after multiple extensions (and multiple assurances) he was (like the prior developers) ultimately unable to secure funding.
In 2014, after many years of lying fallow, the footprint of the building (bordered by its original foundation brick) was seeded with grass, the lot was repaved (leaving much of the original curbing in place), and it was opened in July 2014 as Town Square Park. After it was well received, the city invested in a proper park design and it reopened in July 2016. It is expected to be a complement to the in-development Performing Arts And Civic Center (PACC) to be built on the adjacent former Toys ‘R’ Us site.
Been in the planning stages for years. I remember an opening date of “fall 2004” at one point. This time they actually broke ground, so it will probably open this fall.
Used to be a 6-screen in this same mall but I heard it closed circa 2001.
Gateway will need to change its business model once the Century (finally, someday) opens. Either become second-run (more likely) or indie (not likely in this town).
Either that, or it could just stay derelict and vacant for 5 years, like the AMC 2 blocks away has done.