Cascade Park 4 Theater

411 SE Chkalov Drive,
Vancouver, WA 98683

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MotoFox
MotoFox on September 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm

In early 2011, Westminster Presbyterian sold the property to a Russian church group, which is currently occupying the site. The remodelling work they have done on it over the past year and a half has been so extensive, it’s doubtful the Cascade Park 4 will ever again be able to function as a movie theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 22, 2007 at 1:05 pm

This is a 10/4/2002 article about the church opening in this former theater.

“Church to Open in Former Vancouver, Wash., Movie Theater.

The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.
By Julia Anderson

Oct. 4—Instead of movie soundtrack murder and mayhem, the inside spaces of a long-vacant commercial building on Vancouver’s Chkalov Drive could soon echo with church singing.

Westminster Presbyterian Church has purchased the former Cascade Cinemas building and surrounding 2.5-acre parking area at 411 S.E. Chkalov Drive from TMT Development, owned by Portland businessman Tom Moyer.

The Moyer family sold its Luxury Theaters, a Northwest movie theater chain, to Regal Cinemas in 1998. Regal proceeded to build three new multi-plex theaters around Clark County. In September 1999, the four-screen Cascade Park movie theater closed after operating there for 22 years. It has since been vacant.

Westminster Presbyterian, with a congregation of 350, intends to convert the largest of the four theater spaces into a church sanctuary and use the other rooms for church activities, said Frank Gardner, a church deacon.

The 10-year-old church has been operating in leased space at 2700 N.E. Andresen Road. Church pastor is James Bordwine.

Gardner said purchase negotiations began last spring and concluded with a sales agreement of $1 million. Meanwhile, Moyer is petitioning the city of Vancouver to subdivide the front half of the site as a separate plat for possible future commercial development. If the request is successful, the church will deed that property back to Moyer, Gardner said.

The church, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America, based in Atlanta, has been looking in ernest for a permanent location for five years. The hope was to find something in the general area of Andresen Road east to 164th Avenue along Mill Plain Boulevard.

“This is a good location for us, with visibility and good access from Interstate 205,” Gardner said. “We looked at a lot of properties, but most weren’t big enough.”

Gardner wasn’t sure how much the church plans to spend renovating the building, but said a move-in is not expected until next year.

“We’ve started to rejuvenate the largest theater space,” he said.

Plans also call for installation of a church organ, a large exterior cross and signs, but no steeple".