Blue Mouse celebrates 85 years

posted by danpetitpas on November 14, 2008 at 10:00 am

TACOMA, WA — The Blue Mouse Theatre is celebrating its 85th birthday this week as a single-screen, 221-seat cinema.

For the past 15 years, it has been run by a collective of 32 investors who put together $170,000 in 1993 to buy the theater, refurbish it and reopen it under its original name.

It is the oldest continuously run movie theater in Washington state and one of the oldest in the country. It got its name from a lounge in Paris that showed films.

This neighborhood theater, decorated in the Craftsman style, shows second-run family features with an annual art film festival. It has consistently operated in the black for most of the 15 years.

Read more in the News Tribune.

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