Community Theatre

5441 S. M Street,
Tacoma, WA 98408

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Community Theatre

The Community Theatre was opened in 1924. From 1974 to 1984 it operated as an adult movie theatre.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on December 18, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Open ~1925-~1955? Anyone care to verify the exact dates?

Always looking for more info and more photos.

KenLayton on July 9, 2011 at 4:18 am

One of the former owners of the theater, Layton Stalcup, passed away suddenly on June 1, 2009 at his home in Olympia, Washington at the age of 89. Layton and his brother Ray owned and operated the Community Theater in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.

eropel on July 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

This was opened August 20, 1924. In 1930, someone shoved a few sticks of dynamite through the ticket booth window bars and blew the front area to bits. I believe it was part of a Union dispute. I live near this place and it is still a church.

eropel on July 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Here is an interior shot with the opening date listed as August 20th 1924.

KenLayton on July 11, 2012 at 5:39 am


Thanks for posting that link to the interior pictures. I had never seen any inside pictures of this theater before.

jake45 on September 8, 2013 at 4:30 am

I’m sure I watched the x-rated porno movie Deep Throat at this theater in the early 1970’s. Is that possible? The theater was on south m street.

eropel on March 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

This is still owned by a church. In the mid-late 80’s is was called Community World Theater and it hosted many underground/punk shows. Nirvana played here many times under different names before they hit the big time. I was at many shows here during that time.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 20, 2015 at 7:35 pm

This item appeared in the May 10, 1924, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“S. R. Stalcup, who is building a Community Theatre at South 56th and M Streets, Tacoma, Wash., in the Yakima Avenue district, has let complete contracts to the Theatre Equipment Co., for projection, 457 seats, stage scenery, decorating, carpets, drapes, etc. The house will cost around $35,000, and will have a handsome marquee elaborating the front.”
The September 13, 1924, issue of Exhibitor’s Trade Review said that the Community Theatre had opened on August 20.

rivest266 on July 12, 2021 at 8:27 pm

This closed in 1984. Playtime Cinemas operated it as an adult cinema from 1974-1984.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on April 7, 2022 at 12:58 pm

It is unfortunately a cult religious hall these days.

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