Lakewood Theatre

6120 Motor Avenue SW,
Lakewood, WA 98499

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Trolleyguy on September 22, 2023 at 10:48 am

Current Streetview shows this theatre has been repurposed as an AutoZone car parts store. The cupola with its weather vane is all that remains.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on April 7, 2022 at 8:04 am

Currently rotting into the ground.

rivest266 on July 12, 2021 at 3:28 pm

Closed as a cinema in 1984.

KenLayton on July 11, 2021 at 1:42 pm

Anything happen with the Lakewood Historical Society and them moving into this theater?

ScarlettandRhett on June 22, 2019 at 3:10 am

Unfortunately it does. I am keeping high hopes if they are moving the Lakewood Historical Society into the lobby. So at least the building will obtain historical landmark. It’s such a shame that a prefectly good building sat and rotted in plain sight for no good reason. The only hope we have is some magical donor. The biggest fear for the town of Lakewood is a recent discussion of a Civic center with a theater being built right next store to Lakewood AMC.

KenLayton on June 21, 2019 at 10:14 pm

Sounds like another case of “demolition by neglect”.

ScarlettandRhett on June 21, 2019 at 4:33 pm

Another update, I tried emailing The Lakewood Historical Society and no reply yet. But I did speak with the head of Lakewood playhouse. He told me a group and himself went in the theatre almost 4 years ago with Lakewood city to see what would have to be done to bring it up to code. It would cost nearly 3.9 million just to renovate it to code. The floor is collapsing and tons of other things falling apart. So sadly there is no hope.

ScarlettandRhett on June 14, 2019 at 12:56 pm

Update on the Theatre! The Lakewood Historical Society will be moving into the lobby. As for the actual inside of Theatre I am not sure yet.

KenLayton on May 25, 2019 at 11:32 am

Any updates on this theater?

Roxy_Q_Rialto on April 1, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Rumors are afoot…construction-type trucks have been seen parked in front…stay tuned!

RainState on January 30, 2016 at 5:35 pm

I spent many a rainy Saturday afternoon here we lived just down the street. Also went to dinner a couple times a month at the Lakewood Terrace Restaurant. I think with the right investors this could make a great dinner / theater combo. Does anyone know who owns this building. Sad that it is just decaying.

DonaldKirk on November 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm

We looked into purchasing the theatre 2 years ago and the owner said he wants to sell the whole shopping center; as it’s all parcel. Anyone have $15 million?

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on October 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Two photo/articles in this weeks Tacoma Weekly newspaper indicate “Groups express new life interest in the Lakewood Theatre”. The second story is of “Mr. Theatre”, the late 53-year old former Executive Director Marcus Walker, who lost his battle with cancer last March. A special birthday candlelight ceremony will be held at 5pm in front of the Lakewood Town Center along with a special street renaming for “Marcus Walker Way”. He will be remembered around Tacoma as “the go-to guy.

KenLayton on September 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm

The theater has a fire sprinkler system installed throughout the building.

KenLayton on September 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm

kateymac01: the newspaper link is now dead.

kateymac01 on October 12, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Here’s the complete story about what the City of Lakewood is contemplating regarding the theater:

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kateymac01 on October 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm

There’s fresh talk about the Lakewood Theatre. News Tribune reporter Brent Champaco posted some news on his blog.

KenLayton on January 4, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Contact John Graham at 206-284-4066 and ask the price.

nerktwins on January 4, 2009 at 11:33 pm


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nerktwins on January 4, 2009 at 11:32 pm

The Lakewood Colonial Theater needs to be bought by someone who wants to restore it to its “glory” days. I grew up watching double features on Saturday and the
idnight movie on weekends.
The Blue Mouse Theater in the Proctor District was bought and renovated by a small group of investors.
What is the sell price of the Lakewood Theater? Why would the current owner just “sit” on this landmark? Buildings with such a rich history, that can bring back vivid memories, must be made operable again!!!

I am serious, what is the sell price?

Paul in Lakewood
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KenLayton on January 6, 2007 at 10:57 pm

Updated leasing information as of Jan 2007:

Gramor Development LLC
John Graham
(206) 284-4066 or (206) 284-4060

Theater is part of the “Lakewood Colonial Center” on Gramor’s website.

daltondix on July 26, 2006 at 10:39 pm

Ken, what did Neumann do to the Liberty?

With the balcony still present, it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to change the main floor seating to stadium or sloped seating. It appears the back ½ of the patrons would experience less than ideal lines of sight.

$7k/mo is a joke… there is obviously a reason he doesn’t want to sell/lease. What a huge shame- this is a gorgeous theater, an exhibitor’s dream.

KenLayton on May 8, 2006 at 10:58 pm

Oh no—-not that guy that ruined the Liberty Theater in Puyallup! Say it ain’t so!

kateymac01 on May 8, 2006 at 3:39 pm

The News Tribune — — ran a big story about Lakewood’s past and present on Sunday. A lot of the focus was on the theater — its condition, its current status, the possibility of a buyer. Here’s a link to the story …

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