Cinema 3 at Yard Birds

2100 N. National Avenue,
Chehalis, WA 98532

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Previously operated by: Act III Theatres, Luxury Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group

Functions: Swap Meet

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Located in the Yard Birds shopping center. A relatively nice venue built in 1982. Around 1986 it was taken over by Luxury Theatres. I 1991 Act III Theatres took over. They were purchased by Regal in 1998. In 2002 it was taken over by an independent operator. It was closed in 2009.

With only 3 screens it was not able to compete with the 10-screen Midway Theatre when it came into operation in October 2008.

Contributed by john coursey

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Trolleyguy on May 9, 2022 at 6:49 am

Current use should be flea market.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 9, 2022 at 6:33 pm

Ken Layton’s capsule history of this house at CinemaTour says that it was built by Ralph Peel in 1982, the operation was taken over by Luxury Theatres around 1986, it was acquired by Act III Theatres in 1991, and then Regal Cinemas bought the Act III chain in 1998 and operated the house for about four years. In 2002 local resident Daryl Lund, owner of the downtown Chehalis Cinema, took over and made many improvements, including installing stadium seating. Lund closed it in March, 2009, but it was then reopened by independent operators Scott White and Jeff Frias.

Layton’s history ends there, but an article in the Chehalis Daily Chronicle of December 30, 2009 said that the house had closed again after a six month attempt to draw customers by showing English language movies with Spanish subtitles. I’ve found no later information about the place, so that closure might have been final. The Midway Cinema had opened on October 10, 2008

The name of this house was Cinema 3, and the Yard Birds shopping center was its location. All the newspaper references I’ve found to it call it Cinema 3 in Yard Birds or at Yard Birds or, after Regal took over, Regal Cinema 3. The newspaper was still referring to it as the Regal Cinema 3 after Lund took over, so it might be that Regal still owned the master lease and Lund was operating with a sublease.

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