The crystal chandeliers at the Tacoma Mall Theatre were imported from Belgium. They were sold off prior to the razing of the theater in 2002. Dean J. Koepfler Staff file
The crystal chandeliers at the Tacoma Mall Theatre were imported from Belgium. They were sold off prior to the razing of the theater in 2002. Dean J. Koepfler Staff file

Business

Time dimmed once-bright Tacoma Mall Theatre chandeliers

By C.R. Roberts

Staff writer

October 10, 2015 09:00 AM

UPDATED October 16, 2015 03:10 PM

 

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.