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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markinthedark on August 26, 2007 at 10:04 am

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

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Mike Rogers on July 2, 2010 at 6:06 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 on August 26, 2011 at 3:14 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 on August 26, 2011 at 4:34 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 on September 16, 2011 at 8:23 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 on March 15, 2012 at 8:12 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 on March 15, 2012 at 9:37 am

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 on April 30, 2012 at 12:55 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.

DavidClary on February 2, 2015 at 7:36 pm

Wow that brings back memories. I worked there about 1975/1976ish to about 1977/1978ish. Started as a doorman & eventually chief of staff. Also popped popcorn & filled in for the janitors. Knew Johnny the projectionist (Drove a VW bug ) and spacing on the name of the other projectionist. Manager’s name was O'Neil and another might have been a younger brother to Linda Danisher. Was there for the King Kong remake launch. And no I NEVER ate the popcorn…:–)

markinthedark on July 25, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Just uploaded some old newspaper ads

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