Rex Theater

3809 Yakima Avenue,
Tacoma, WA 98418

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Rex Theatre exterior

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The Rex Theater was opened in 1919 by Martin Steffen to replace his smaller theater of the same name that was just two doors down, at 3805 Yakima Avenue.

Seeking to give his patrons the best possible movie experience, Mr. Steffen had the theater built with a nursery where mothers could care for their small children and infants while still being able to view the screen.

The Rex Theater closed in 1958.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 1, 2005 at 7:25 am

The information on the Rex theater came from the Tacoma library, Don. I just researched this theater again and found some additional info. The Rex did become a Church in 1958 called the Tacoma Calvary Temple. What the library omitted was, the Rex became a movie theater again around 1980. Only this time it was a porno theater. The owner was charged with violating state obscenity laws. The article doesn’t say what the outcome of the case was. A current property search does show another Church called the Restoration Christian Ministries is located there today.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 1, 2005 at 7:31 am

Here are two photos. The first is the Rex theater in the 1930’s:
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This photo is dated 2001 and is a photo of the Church:
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robintacoma
robintacoma on July 12, 2006 at 12:13 am

This building is actually for sale at $700,000. There has been some structural changes, but it can be put back in its original state.
If interested call Rob at 253-691-7497.

therextoration
therextoration on July 20, 2006 at 9:05 pm

There is a group fighting to have the Rex Theatre declared a landmark and then restored as a theatre. For more information, please go to www.myspace.com/therextheatre .

Thank you

therextoration
therextoration on July 20, 2006 at 9:05 pm

There is a group fighting to have the Rex Theatre declared a landmark and then restored as a theatre. For more information, please go to www.myspace.com/therextheatre .

Thank you

therextoration
therextoration on July 20, 2006 at 9:07 pm

I’m sorry, the url should be www.myspace.com/restoretherex . My Apologies.

DonLewis
DonLewis on January 14, 2007 at 9:17 am

Very good uncredited photograph of the REX taken around 1937.
www.flickr.com/photos/lastpictureshow/357293201

minniethemoocher
minniethemoocher on March 30, 2008 at 10:51 am

I used to live a handful of blocks from this place, in the mid-90s to the early-00s (I was born in ‘93). I remember my mom and I driving past there when I was really small and her pointing at the Rex and saying, “See that? It used to be a theatre.” I have had the ability to recognize former theatres ever since…

>..<

eropel
eropel on July 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I live a few blocks from this place. I remember this being a pron movie house when I was a kid. As far as I know, it is still owned by the Restoration Christian Ministries. The google street view image is how it looks today.

eropel
eropel on March 21, 2014 at 10:28 am

Update. Still owned by the church. I am taking a tour of the inside today and might be able to grab photos of anything interesting.

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