Des Moines Cinema

22333 Marine View Drive South,
Des Moines, WA 98198

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The Des Moines Cinema building was opened in March 1947 by Delbert and Wally Osterhoudt to house a 400-seat cinema, retail stores and office spaces.

The cinema over the years has changed hands and had been closed entirely. In 1973, the theater was sold and changed from running family-oriented films to showing adult movies. Local groups picketed the theater in the 1970s, and in the 1980s the city even took legal action.

In the 1990s, the theater reopened under new management and reverted to showing family-oriented films.

It features 1940s decor, snack bar, a stage and shows second-run movies. The theater sits on situated on Marine View Drive and could go almost unnoticed by people driving by.

Contributed by Kate

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ArthurAllen
ArthurAllen on June 26, 2005 at 3:36 pm

Now that the Lewis and Clark theater has closed, the Des Moines Cinema has started showing first-run movies. That along with the closing of 12 screens in Federal Way means this single screen movie theater has a large area of South King County all to itself.

paghat
paghat on September 8, 2005 at 12:53 am

I remember that in the 1960s this theater would project advertisements out the upper window onto the wall of the building across the alley. The only movie I can recall seeing there was Bambi which really messed with my head, animals being burned alive. Later when it became a porno house I was still pretty young & it seemed so weird that I’d seen Bambi in a porno theater.

kateymac01
kateymac01 on March 9, 2006 at 10:35 pm

I just discovered that this theater closed TEMPORARILY in December for repairs. It had to close for noncompliance building issues. A bunch of volunteers stepped up to help operator Joel Thomson get the theater into compliance. The theater is expected to reopen this month. Fingers crossed!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 18, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Here are photos from 1961 and 2003. Function should be changed to movies (first run).
http://tinyurl.com/4z5tsb

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 18, 2008 at 7:24 pm

In the future I’ll make sure that I mention things like type of movies when I post the website links.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 4, 2012 at 11:58 am

Has this closed? showtimes for this cinema are nowhere to be found.

mcmanussj
mcmanussj on January 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Yes it is closed, and the building is for sale. I hope that it saved.

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