Galaxy Tacoma Narrows 8 is officially closing at the end of January 2013. They have not released an official statement as to why. The theater is well known for its move to the Narrows Plaza from 23rd street.
During its move, Galaxy replaced the popular AMC Theater, at the same time removing its biggest competitor. Before 2009, the theaters each competed to play the sure-to-be highest grossing films, with AMC generally winning the battle in the earlier years. Yet as AMC started to decline, Galaxy began to play the biggest titles, and soon replaced AMC entirely. The old lot that Galaxy left now holds Destiny City church.
The lot is once again being emptied, leaving only two locations in Washington State. The closing of Galaxy comes as a great shock to many people; lines often crowded the front sidewalk, and it was the only theater central to most of Tacoma. Now, residents will have to view select movies at Blue Mouse or the Grand, or travel to Lakewood for new releases.
There is no word as to what (if anything) will replace the lot in the Narrows Plaza. The plaza still holds a great many of fast food chains, including Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, and McDonalds, and boasts one of the more popular bowling alleys in the area.