Lakewood Theatre

6120 Motor Avenue SW,
Lakewood, WA 98499

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Roxy_Q_Rialto on April 1, 2016 at 11:22 am

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

RainState on January 30, 2016 at 2:35 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.

DonaldKirk on November 13, 2011 at 5:22 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?

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on October 22, 2011 at 1:40 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.

KenLayton on September 1, 2011 at 6:56 pm

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

KenLayton on September 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm

kateymac01: the newspaper link is now dead.

kateymac01 on October 12, 2009 at 9:41 am

Here’s the complete story about what the City of Lakewood is contemplating regarding the theater:

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kateymac01 on October 10, 2009 at 11:37 am

There’s fresh talk about the Lakewood Theatre. News Tribune reporter Brent Champaco posted some news on his blog.

KenLayton on January 4, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Contact John Graham at 206-284-4066 and ask the price.

nerktwins on January 4, 2009 at 8:33 pm


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nerktwins on January 4, 2009 at 8:32 pm

The Lakewood Colonial Theater needs to be bought by someone who wants to restore it to its “glory” days. I grew up watching double features on Saturday and the
idnight movie on weekends.
The Blue Mouse Theater in the Proctor District was bought and renovated by a small group of investors.
What is the sell price of the Lakewood Theater? Why would the current owner just “sit” on this landmark? Buildings with such a rich history, that can bring back vivid memories, must be made operable again!!!

I am serious, what is the sell price?

Paul in Lakewood
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KenLayton on January 6, 2007 at 7:57 pm

Updated leasing information as of Jan 2007:

Gramor Development LLC
John Graham
(206) 284-4066 or (206) 284-4060

Theater is part of the “Lakewood Colonial Center” on Gramor’s website.

daltondix on July 26, 2006 at 7:39 pm

Ken, what did Neumann do to the Liberty?

With the balcony still present, it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to change the main floor seating to stadium or sloped seating. It appears the back ½ of the patrons would experience less than ideal lines of sight.

$7k/mo is a joke… there is obviously a reason he doesn’t want to sell/lease. What a huge shame- this is a gorgeous theater, an exhibitor’s dream.

KenLayton on May 8, 2006 at 7:58 pm

Oh no—-not that guy that ruined the Liberty Theater in Puyallup! Say it ain’t so!

kateymac01 on May 8, 2006 at 12:39 pm

The News Tribune — — ran a big story about Lakewood’s past and present on Sunday. A lot of the focus was on the theater — its condition, its current status, the possibility of a buyer. Here’s a link to the story …

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Cinecitta on April 3, 2006 at 4:53 pm

Found a photo from 1937 here:
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KenLayton on February 28, 2006 at 1:18 pm

The main sticking point is the rent. The theater could never survive at $7,000 a month for rent! The rent should only be $1,500 a month. This wonderful little theater needs to be open!

kateymac01 on February 28, 2006 at 8:40 am

There is a GREAT letter to the editor in today’s News Tribune:

Lakewood, unite to save landmark theater
by Christine Gould, Lakewood

Published: February 28th, 2006

As a 40-year resident of Lakewood, it breaks my heart seeing the Lakewood Theater disintegrate year after year before my very eyes.

While I realize this edifice is in desperate need of repair and building code upgrades, I do not understand why the citizens of Lakewood haven’t rallied together in order to save such an important part of our local history. Surely, the Norton Clapp family who opened the Lakewood Center in 1937 is as saddened as I am watching this historically significant structure deteriorate.

There are many families who have resided in Lakewood as long as I who have the financial means to contribute toward such a worthy cause. Even though many of us less fortunate souls struggle to make ends meet, individually we could each find a few dollars to spare in an effort to save our wonderful theater.

Look how popular the Tacoma Grand Cinema has become in the last few years; it is refreshing to see unusual movies not normally shown at the “big box” chains. We, too, could have our own version of the Grand, one that would help revitalize Colonial Center and give our city a “heart” once again.

KenLayton on September 10, 2005 at 6:31 am

Here is a list of the handicap stuff that would need to be done here (and it is not much):

Exterior ramp to the entrance doors

Handicap bathroom on main floor (regular bathrooms are upstairs)

Ramp up to the right side of stage

Widen one exit door behind stage to accomodate wheelchairs.

kateymac01 on September 9, 2005 at 9:39 pm

I recently discovered that my movie-fanatic brother-in-law had looked into leasing this space. He agrees with you, Ken, on the price, and he says it needs handicap-accessible upgrades and other updates as well. Too bad. It always makes me sad to see it just sitting there. Guess we know why, though …

KenLayton on September 6, 2005 at 4:51 am

The rent they want is way too much: $7,000 a month for a single screen theater!

KenLayton on May 6, 2005 at 8:25 am

Still available for lease from First Western Commercial Real Estate.

kateymac01 on May 5, 2005 at 4:31 pm

Does anyone know the current status of this theater? I loved going to movies there as a child, and I still enjoying driving by it. It’s such a pretty building. For a place that seemingly sits vacant, it has been kept it good shape.

KenLayton on September 27, 2001 at 8:13 am

Theater is located at 6120 Motor Avenue. Built in 1937, it features separate glassed-in smoking room and cry room in the balcony.