Lakewood Theatre

6120 Motor Avenue SW,
Lakewood, WA 98499

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The Lakewood Theatre was opened in 1937. While not currently used as a movie theater, the Lakewood Theatre is still used by the community, especially each Christmas, when the “Nutcracker” is performed on the theater’s stage.

The theater is currently available for lease, but is in a bad condition.

Contributed by Ken Layton

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KenLayton on September 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm

The theater has a fire sprinkler system installed throughout the building.

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Simon Overton on October 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Two photo/articles in this weeks Tacoma Weekly newspaper indicate “Groups express new life interest in the Lakewood Theatre”. The second story is of “Mr. Theatre”, the late 53-year old former Executive Director Marcus Walker, who lost his battle with cancer last March. A special birthday candlelight ceremony will be held at 5pm in front of the Lakewood Town Center along with a special street renaming for “Marcus Walker Way”. He will be remembered around Tacoma as “the go-to guy.

DonaldKirk on November 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm

We looked into purchasing the theatre 2 years ago and the owner said he wants to sell the whole shopping center; as it’s all parcel. Anyone have $15 million?

RainState on January 30, 2016 at 5:35 pm

I spent many a rainy Saturday afternoon here we lived just down the street. Also went to dinner a couple times a month at the Lakewood Terrace Restaurant. I think with the right investors this could make a great dinner / theater combo. Does anyone know who owns this building. Sad that it is just decaying.

Roxy_Q_Rialto on April 1, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Rumors are afoot…construction-type trucks have been seen parked in front…stay tuned!

KenLayton on May 25, 2019 at 11:32 am

Any updates on this theater?

ScarlettandRhett on June 14, 2019 at 12:56 pm

Update on the Theatre! The Lakewood Historical Society will be moving into the lobby. As for the actual inside of Theatre I am not sure yet.

ScarlettandRhett on June 21, 2019 at 4:33 pm

Another update, I tried emailing The Lakewood Historical Society and no reply yet. But I did speak with the head of Lakewood playhouse. He told me a group and himself went in the theatre almost 4 years ago with Lakewood city to see what would have to be done to bring it up to code. It would cost nearly 3.9 million just to renovate it to code. The floor is collapsing and tons of other things falling apart. So sadly there is no hope.

KenLayton on June 21, 2019 at 10:14 pm

Sounds like another case of “demolition by neglect”.

ScarlettandRhett on June 22, 2019 at 3:10 am

Unfortunately it does. I am keeping high hopes if they are moving the Lakewood Historical Society into the lobby. So at least the building will obtain historical landmark. It’s such a shame that a prefectly good building sat and rotted in plain sight for no good reason. The only hope we have is some magical donor. The biggest fear for the town of Lakewood is a recent discussion of a Civic center with a theater being built right next store to Lakewood AMC.

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