Community Theatre

5441 S. M Street,
Tacoma, WA 98408

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The Community Theatre was opened in 1924, and continued into the 1960’s.

Contributed by jertac

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 17, 2010 at 9:59 am

These pictures show that after it closed as a movie theater, it served as a venue for rock music events as the World Community Theater http://www.mikeziegler.com/cwt/ and then became a church: View link

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on December 18, 2010 at 9:04 am

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

Always looking for more info and more photos.

KenLayton
KenLayton on July 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

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
eropel on July 10, 2012 at 2:13 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
eropel on July 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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

http://goo.gl/i5ROL

KenLayton
KenLayton on July 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

eropel:

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

jake45
jake45 on September 7, 2013 at 8:30 pm

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
eropel on March 21, 2014 at 10:30 am

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 11:35 am

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.

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