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New multiplex theater headed to Tacoma

Name one mainstream, mutli-screen movie theater located in Tacoma.

Can’t do it, can you? The Galaxy Narrows is a tempting answer, but the theater lies just past inside those pesky University Place limits. The Regal Lakewood 15 also seems as though it should count, but is even less ambiguous – what with “Lakewood” in the name and all.

After that, Tacoma is the proud home to two independent theaters – the second-run Blue Mouse Theatre in Proctor, and the nonprofit, multiscreen Grand Cinema downtown.

In fact, Tacoma hasn’t had a multiplex since the Galaxy Tacoma 6 moved out of its location on S. 23rd St. But that’s all set to change over the course of the next few years, as construction continues on the waterfront Point Ruston development.

Cinemark Holdings and Point Ruston, LLC announced today that the “mixed-use lifestyle center” dubbed “the Waterwalk at Point Ruston” will feature a Century Theatres 9-screen cinema.

The Waterwalk is still in early stages of development and construction, but the developers have high hopes and lofty goals.

“The neighborhood being constructed at The Waterwalk at Point Ruston will feature a lifestyle shopping center with more than 250,000 square feet of space, featuring four high-end restaurants, cafés and bistros & wine bar, and many exciting retail shops. The shopping center will be anchored by a four-star 175-room Silver Cloud Hotel, a 30,000 square foot organic grocer, and the brand new 9-screen Century Theatre at Point Ruston,” say developers.

The multi-phase development is expected to roll out its first 217 residences this summer, with construction continuing into 2014. Developers believe Point Ruston will creat 1,727 permanent full-time jobs, with the potential for 3,865 direct “and induced” temporary construction jobs.

“”It’s been a long time since a multiplex theatre opened within Tacoma’s borders. I am thrilled to welcome Century Theatres to our City, and equally pleased to see such great progress being made at Point Ruston,” Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “By leveraging our investment in Ruston Way’s public infrastructure, we are growing our local economy and creating both construction jobs and permanent jobs.”

This article originally found at Komo News.

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