Lynn 4 Theatre

19802 Highway 99,
Lynnwood, WA 98036

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The Lynn Theatre started as a single screen but was twinned soon after. Its auditoriums were twinned along the way, turning it into a fourplex.

Opened in 1964, it closed in 1984. Was owned by Sterling. When Cineplex Odeon bought Sterling, Cineplex Odeon closed the Lynn Theatre.

The building and marquee still exist. It is used as a warehouse for World Concern, a local group that ships food to third world nations.

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droben
droben on October 8, 2005 at 4:55 am

The original Lynn Theater was 800 seats, but was never twinned. Instead, an identical theater was built shortly after it opened and was known as the Lynn Twin. In 1978, each of the theaters was split down the middle, creating four long and narrow theaters. Sterling actually closed the theater before Cineplex bought them out after three additional screens were added to their Grand Alderwood Cinemas.

LynnTwin
LynnTwin on February 23, 2007 at 2:27 pm

I used to work at this theatre in the seventies. The building is still there but it is currently vacant. I understand that Sterling Realty owns the property. I wish Landmark would purchase the theatre and restore it to its glory. They could feature bargain second run movies on two of the screens and first run films on the other two. I have current photos of the building if anyone is interested. I would post them here on the site but they are not accepting new photos at the moment. If you would like to see them, feel free to e-mail me and I would be happy to send them to you.
I would love to see vintage photos of the Lynn Twin / Lynn Four if anyone has them.
Thanks
my e-mail:

LynnTwin
LynnTwin on May 20, 2007 at 12:37 pm

Bad news. Apparently this wonderful old buildings days are numbered. It looks like Sterling Realty is in talks with big box retailer Home Depot to build on this site. I’ve noticed moving vans backed up to the building on several occasion recently, perhaps emptying out the building in preparation for demolition. It is very sad indeed. I had truly hoped that someone would restore this great old theatre and put it back into operation. It would have been terrific. Another one bites the dust.
Those of you in this area with fond memories of the Lynn / Lynn Twin / Lynn Four theater should go take your final last looks and say your good-byes. I will try to get some good photos of the place to one day post here on this site.

billwhite
billwhite on September 24, 2009 at 5:01 pm

The theater opened in 1964, not 1965

ramblingirl
ramblingirl on January 12, 2011 at 12:02 am

I just drove by there today (11/11/11) and it’s just sitting empty. There’s a plastic sign wrapped around the old theater sign, for Kiss-FM’s haunted house, so I guess Kiss-FM’s been using it in the fall, but other than that, it doesn’t appear to be used by anyone at this point. Some semi trailers are parked outside (near signs that say “No semi trailer parking” lol).

I have very fond memories of being four years old (in 1967), and going to the Lynn Twin for the early Saturday matinee with my big brothers and sisters, and then walking over to the Lynnwood Roll-A-Way for some roller skating. We seemed to do that almost every weekend. It was a very memorable time for me. I remember crying my eyes out when Bambi’s mom got shot, and I remember winning a prize during the intermission of one of the movies.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Grand opening ad from May 22nd, 1963 as well as the ad as a twin on November 2nd, 1966. Both posted here.

Zibby
Zibby on September 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I am very sad to report that the Lynn 4 Theater building has now been completely demolished.I have so many fond memories of that theater, even working there one summer and fall. RIP

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