Newport Cinemas 8

10404 Newport Highway,
Spokane, WA 99218

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Luxury Theatres opened the 2,400-seat Newport Cinemas on July 10, 1985 on the site of the former Starlite Drive-In. The $2.4 million cinema, with all the latest amenities, was touted as the largest theater in Washington.

Later operators included Act III Theatres in 1989 and finally Regal Cinemas in 1998.

The outdated cinema closed on August 30, 2004. The reason given in the Spokesman-Review by Regal was that it gradually lost attendance after the opening of Regal’s NorthTown Mall 12 in 2000.

In December of 2010, the Spokesman Review published a report of buildings left empty because of the economic downturn. The building at 10404 N. Newport Highway was one of them. In 2012 The Home Boys, a seller of manufactured homes, was using the parking lot.

Contributed by Ron Pierce
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