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“Wonderful nonprofit independent cinema”
Review of The Grand Cinema

The Grand Cinema
Ranked #1 of 21 Fun & Games in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We are the South Sound's home of independent film. Our mission is to enrich the cultural vitality of the South Sound through high quality film art. As a non-profit we are supported by our annual members, a dedicated volunteer force, small staff team, and talented volunteer Board of Directors. We offer admission discounts, free popcorn and other perks to our members. Visit our theater for a unique and cozy cinema experience, and keep an eye out for our community discussions, special film series, and annual events like the Film Awards Party each January, 253 Short Film Party every May, Tacoma Film Camp in July/August, and the Tacoma Film Festival each October.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 20 August 2014

The Grant Cinema is a unique facility run entirely by volunteers. They show unique independent films that seldom show up at the multiscreen theaters. The volunteer staff is friendly efficient and clearly loves the movies. The theaters are small and well maintained. Prices are reasonable, and it is a great place to go see a unique independent movie.

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

This is a non profit theater with four screens. The theaters are small and comfortable. The movies tend to be things you might not get to see in the main stream theaters with some foreign films. Many "sleeper" movies started here and then exploded into the big theaters. They also support activities such as new film makers festival each year. The web site will give you a synopsis of each movie and a trailer to help you decide what to go see. It can be a difficult choice. Although there are only four screens, they run several more movies than that so it is important to check the times when making your choice. The popcorn is great. If you are a local, consider becoming a member. There are perks besides supporting a wonderful, unique venue in Tacoma!

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Reviewed 10 August 2014

small, runs movies you might not see in the big cinemas. small seating areas feels intimate. not too pricey.

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Do you love foreign films? Independent films?? Films that make you pause? Films that make you think? The Grand is the place to go! You won't find the Hollywood mega million movies here--thank goodness. The popcorn is the best-- real butter with no extra charge and cooked in canola oil. It is run by (mostly) volunteers and you can tell they love what they do ! (which is making popcorn--teehee)
Parking is a bit of a problem. The little lot next door fills quickly--so go early to find a spot on the street.

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Great films and not too big. Bakery right next door. Easy parking even though it's downtown. If you want a huge theatre with a thunderous sound system, this is not for you. But if you want a nice size group experience, watching indepedent cinema, get down there!

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