The light that shone from Belgian chandeliers grew dim and faded to black in 2002 when the Tacoma Mall Theatre was razed to make way for a Krispy Kreme donut shop.
The chandeliers were affixed at the theater in 1968 and hung for 34 years.
In the beginning, they graced the glamorous lobby of the single-screen, 1,200-seat Cinerama movie house beside Interstate 5 in the Tacoma Mall parking lot.
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By 1974, the theater had added a screen, but could not compete with the multi-screen, mega-screen competition elsewhere in Pierce County.
The 3,250 glass pendants in each chandelier were said to take a full day to clean, and the fixtures were said to cost $6,000 each when first installed.
The chandeliers were sold in 2002 to the Showbox concert venue in Seattle and another now-closed theater in the Northgate area. One currently hangs at the Showbox at the Market and at least one more at the Showbox Sodo.