Tacoma Mall Twin Theatre
4302 Tacoma Mall Boulevard,
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This former single-screen cinema opened May 16, 1968 with Spencer Tracey in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”. Built at a cost of $1 million it was the first hard-top built in 40 years when it opened.
The News-Tribune wrote at the time that the Tacoma was ‘Grauman’s, the Cathay Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and London Airport all wrapped into one and brought up to date.’
In 1974, it was split into a duplex and renamed the Tacoma Mall Twins creating a 700-seat and a 400-seat theater out of the large 1,200-seat auditorium. Over the years, the construction of multiplexes and megaplexes damaged the vitality of the theater.
In July 2002, the Tacoma Mall Twin Theatre closed after almost 35 years of delighting area audiences. With Loews Cineplex abandoning the theater, the Tacoma Mall has recently demolished the theater and built a restaurant on the site.
Another 1960’s movie palace lost forever.
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