Lewis and Clark Theatre
15820 Pacific Highway S,
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Located in Tukwila, to the south of Seattle, and close to Seattle Airport. Opened on November 20, 1956 with Audrey Hepburn in “War and Peace”. The theatre is part of an entertainment complex that has a now-closed 32 lane bowling alley and cafe. The theatre appears to have been one screen originally with its balcony divided into two auditoriums of maybe 300 seats each. The main auditorium still has maybe 1,000 seats or more. An additional hallway with four auditoriums, two approximately 400 seats and two approximately 200 seats, was later added. The main auditorium(#1) has murals by decorator Anthony B. Heinsbergen, depicting Lewis, Clark, and Native Americans filling the side walls.
Currently, it is fairly well kept up even though its business is slow. It was one of the first I know of in the area to advertise SDDS sound. It had a huge parking lot that is now being made into airport parking.
An interesting note is that a former major highway, Military Road, ends in the theatre’s parking lot due to the re-routing of the road with the construction of a section of freeway adjacent to the theatre probably in the 1970’s.
The Lewis and Clark Theatre was closed by Cineplex-Odeon in January of 2004, and briefly served as a church until the auditorium was demolished in 2005. The former lobby is used by a car rental company.
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