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Tacoma Mall Twin Theatre

4302 Tacoma Mall Boulevard,
Tacoma, WA 98409

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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.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures

Recent comments (view all 33 comments)

chadshowbox
chadshowbox on April 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm

The chandeliers have been in The Showbox in downtown Seattle since 2001.

ProfessorMoriarty1
ProfessorMoriarty1 on May 28, 2015 at 12:33 am

I remember attending services held by Herbert W. Armstrong’s Worldwide Church of God at the Tacoma Mall Theater during 1975-1976. This ministry, based in Pasadena, started on radio in 1934 and expanded to television in the 1950’s. They put out the free magazine called The Plain Truth. The were Sabbath keepers so services were held on Saturdays. They rented the theater in the morning. I recall the pastor of the congregation was a former airline pilot named Richard Atkins. I recall it was a beautiful facility.

markinthedark
markinthedark on July 25, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Just uploaded some old newspaper ads

Ralph Daniel
Ralph Daniel on July 25, 2015 at 1:02 pm

a full view of the original theatre interior is now at http://incinerama.com/tacoma.htm

polyparkie
polyparkie on April 24, 2018 at 6:12 am

If I remember correctly, the film showing on opening night in 1968 was “2001, A Space odyssey”, A Stanley Kubrick film…

KenLayton
KenLayton on April 24, 2018 at 7:54 am

The mall replaced the theater with a Krispy Kreme donuts shop. The donut store is mostly deserted every time I drive by it.

MSC77
MSC77 on April 24, 2018 at 11:37 am

polyparkie… I don’t know what this theater’s debut booking was, but I very highly doubt it was Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” I suspect Seattle would’ve had clearance over much of the state of Washington for a roadshow booking and “2001” hadn’t even opened yet in Seattle as of mid-May ‘68 (if that is in fact when the Tacoma Mall Theater opened).

mhvbear
mhvbear on April 24, 2018 at 11:50 am

2001 opened at the Seattle Cinerama on 5/28/1968 and played for 77 weeks.

Ralph Daniel
Ralph Daniel on April 24, 2018 at 12:34 pm

According to http://incinerama.com/tacoma.htm Tacoma Mall was planned and built as a Cinerama theatre but no known Cinerama films were shown.

patryan6019
patryan6019 on April 26, 2018 at 12:30 am

Ralph Daniel…MSC77…polyparkie…The opening was on the date cited in the overview…with Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? 2001 played a year and half later (for 12 weeks) followed by Zebra, Java and in 71, Norway…the last 4 “Cinerama” pictures ever.

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