Tacoma West Cinemas 4-5
2009 Photo from the Mark Campbell collection
1610 S Mildred St|
|Record #35655 |
Current Use: Restaurant
Capacity: 500 seats|
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: |
| Previously operated by: Sterling Recreation Organization, Cineplex Odeon Theatres|
Information for this tour was contributed by Mark Campbell.
In December 1983, a 2 Screen addition was added across the parking lot from the Tacoma West Cinemas triplex, featuring a roughly 300 seat and 200 seat auditorium. This coincided with SRO's opening of the Tacoma South Cinemas across town on the same day and AMC's Narrows Plaza 8 opening just a couple blocks away from the Tacoma West, thereby officially breaking the Tacoma/Lakewood area into multiple booking zones for the first time. The Tacoma West's December 1983 expansion slate of holiday films was "Uncommon Valor", "The Keep", "Yentl", "The Man Who Loved Women" and "Christine". The theatre faced stiff competition from the more popular Narrows Plaza 8, plus the confusion which of the two buildings to go to for your film and separate box offices did not help.
Cineplex Odeon took over SRO Theatres in late 1986. Although the Tacoma West continued to get its share of first run features, mainly from Paramount, Warner, Columbia and MGM/UA, increasingly it began to show films too long into their runs and it would get move-overs from the Narrows Plaza 8.
In 1990, Cineplex opened the Tacoma Central 6 only three miles away, creating more competition for itself. In 1997 after a brief run as a discount house, the Tacoma West was shuttered. The original Triplex has since been demolished, but the newer twin is currently a closed restaurant.
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October 2009 photos from the Mark Campbell collection.
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