Villa Plaza 1-2-3

10501 Davisson Road SW,
Lakewood, WA 98499

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Opened 1969. Closed in 1988. Originally was a two-screen theater but demand forced owners to convert the larger theater into two spaces. Small, shoebox-style theaters. Fell into decline as newer, bigger theaters sprung up in Tacoma and Pierce County. Theater was demolished when the Villa Plaza shopping center became the Lakewood Mall (which is now Lakewood Towne Center).

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KevinKoehler
KevinKoehler on October 1, 2006 at 1:21 am

Does Anyone remember the opening song they used to have- with the projected “C” cinema logo and circling bar and swish cymbals tish-tish-ta-tish-tish- and then the elctro horn da-na-na na-na-na doubee doubee do da-na na-na-na. I loved that song I wish I could find a clip of it or find out the name.

KevinKoehler
KevinKoehler on October 1, 2006 at 1:27 am

Oh I just found a link for it hurray!
http://tulsatvmemories.com/gccvill.html
Enjoy!

markinthedark
markinthedark on August 26, 2007 at 1:04 pm

Closing movies in May 1988 were: 1. Sunset 2. Jack’s Back 3. Double Feature: Dead Heat & The Wrong Guys.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 2, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Don’t remember ever using girls as doormen at my GCC,unless they were giving the doorman a break,plus i never could find a girl yet that could tear tickets as fast as a guy and say"thank-you,hope you enjoy the Movie" 900 times a night.

archangel
archangel on August 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I remember that a “Laura” trained me as a doorman when I started working there in 1978. I agree with your comment though that mostly they would only door while covering our breaks. In my Chief of Staff days I filled in for vacationing managers at pretty much all of GCC’s theaters from Everett down to Tacoma. Some of them had full time female “doormen”. Oh, and for those that remember her as our District Manager I hear that Linda Danisher (sp?) is a librarian now or at least she was as of a few years ago.

markinthedark
markinthedark on August 26, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Some notable exclusive engagements late in its life were Return of the Jedi and Romancing the Stone. GCC played a lot of Fox and Universal films in the day.

OldGCCchick
OldGCCchick on September 16, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I started there in 1982 when E.T. was playing to sold out crowds. I closed it in 1988 shortly after I was promoted to manager.

cylgecko
cylgecko on March 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

Does anyone know when the photo of the concession stand was taken? I worked there in the mid-80’s (including the ROTJ and Romancing the Stone runs) and it looked exactly the way it does in the photo. So sad it’s gone. Have a lot of very fond memories. It was my first-ever job. After it closed, I moved to Lincoln Plaza GCC for summer jobs when home from school.

OldGCCchick
OldGCCchick on March 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I think those photos were taken between 86 & 88. Was sad closing it. We probably know each other. I am Carmen. I Went from Villa Plaza, on to Renton Village to close it before the rebuild then on to Kitsap Mall Cinemas.

EricWaldow
EricWaldow on April 30, 2012 at 3:55 am

I don’t know if the Brady Bunch were there for the opening, but there is a connection. There was a special screening (I think it was “Charlotte’s Web”) and two of the cast members (Pretty sure it was Barry Williams and Christopher Knight) were there and handing out records (45s) after the movie.

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