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Tacoma Mall 2 Theatres


Photo from the Ken Layton collection
4302 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Tacoma WA 98409

Demolished 2002
Record #2619  
 Opened: 1968
 Closed: 2002
 Demolished: 2002
Capacity: 1100 seats
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 Previously operated by: SRO Theatres, Cineplex Odeon Theatres

The Tacoma Mall Theatre opened with great fanfare on May 16, 1968, featuring Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and a slew of Hollywood stars on the guest list. It was the first new walk-in theatre built in Tacoma in forty years, and seated 1,200. Until 1974, the single-auditorium theatre featured a deep-curved Cinerama screen screen. A flat screen replaced the curved screen when the theater was twinned. False information was presented in the Tacoma News-Tribune upon the theater's closing stating that the theater had a flat screen installed in front of the Cinerama screen, but this was not true.

The theatre was converted to a two-screen house in 1974 by Sterling Theatres at a cost of $250,000 and renamed the Tacoma Mall Twin, with the large auditorium seating 700 and the small one seating 400. In 1986, Sterling sold the theater to Cineplex Odeon, which later merged with Loews Theatres. The theater was closed by operator Loews-Cineplex in 2002. The last shows were of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and The Sum of All Fears.

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June 2000 photos from the Ken Layton collection.


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Photos from the Dan Kaiser collection.


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