Renton Village Cinemas

25 S. Grady Way,
Renton, WA 98057

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A two-screen cinema built in 1967, later triplexed. It was demolished in the 1980’s and was replaced by an eight-screen AMC Renton Village Theater.

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Dawg on October 29, 2004 at 10:12 am

The original Renton Village Cinemas I & II
was divided into a 3 screen house while I was
working there in 1977 – 1978. It was under
the management of General Cinema Corp which I
believe was headquartered in Boston. Sometime in the
80’s the original building was demolished and
a new one constructed at the same location that
is now in use with 8 screens under AMC management.

markinthedark on May 10, 2005 at 4:43 pm

Does anyone have photos of the Old Renton Village I, II, III, inside or out? I would love to see one of those old General Cinema sunken screens (or one of their divided ones for thst matter!)

DavyDuck on August 20, 2007 at 5:58 pm

I worked at Renton Village Cinema I & II 1972-1975. The sunken screen effect was due to a structure called a “shadow box”, which was white and had to be continully repainted because kids loved to climb on it. Because it eliminated black masking, there were no sharp edges on a picture, which looked bad. It also reflected white light back to the screen which tended to wash out deep black in a scene. It also eliminated curtains and motors, making it another General Cinema Corporation cheap innovation. During intermissions, the screen and shadow box were bright blue from sixty 150 watt lamps with blue filters mounted above the first row – I know because I changed them out on a borrowed scaffold – and calculates out to a ridiculous waste of power. I always heard their theaters in Boston were much nicer.

TomMobileMovie on November 14, 2008 at 8:04 am

While I was working at Renton Cinema, 1974-1976, Charles Osgood was the manager. I remember popping corn back in Cinema II, we got to be good at it and quick! “The Way We Were” played for many months. I remember when “Earthquake” came out. Those huge woofers actually moved the building so much, that I remember seeing cracks in the plaster. I think DavyDuck would know if there was any real damage done to the structure. I think I remember working with DavyDuck and possibly working with him at Overlake Cinema.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 2, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I can’t believe they ever played “EARTHQUAKE” at a twin theatre,but have read several places they did with sensurrond.Must have ruined the other movie.

ericrising on July 2, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Dave, I worked with you at Overlake!
When we would show the previews for Earthquake (and later regular showings) it rumbled throughout the building. The first time we showed the preview, people in the lobby actually thought one was happening!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I don’t remember the trailers being in Sensurround we were running them i am pretty sure way before Universal had the speakers put in.They hired the doormen to unload and position the speakers in the Imperial.Universal told our theatre chain ABC THEATRES they would pay us $15.00 an hour good money now,Great money in 1974.We never saw a cent!You could be right because i sure have been proven wrong before on CT.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 7, 2010 at 6:33 am



Opened November 6 1968?

Split into 3 screens in around 1977?

This building was demolished and replaced with:

Renton Village 8 Cinemas

That theater was opened in 1995 and closed in 2009?

Anymore have more info or photos?

rivest266 on July 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Another disagreement with the opening date:
39. THE SEATTLE TIMES – October 26, 1989

RENTON Moviegoers hungering for another theater in this city have less than a month’s wait. An eight-screen facility will open Nov. 17 at the site of the old Renton Village triplex.General Cinema Theatres, which last year closed the triplex to make way for a larger facility, plans to open the Renton Village 8 to keep pace with the demand for a variety of movies. The complex, at South Grady Way and Interstate 405, will have two computerized box offices and seat up to..

rivest266 on January 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

This opened as a twin on November 6th, 1968. Grand opening ad posted here. It was the first for General Cinemas in the state.

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