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Address: 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone Number: +1 253-593-4474
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1:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 1:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

We are the South Sound's home of independent film. Our mission is to...

We are the South Sound's home of independent film. Our mission is to engage our community through film art, and as a non-profit we are supported by our members, a dedicated volunteer force, small staff team, and talented Board of Directors.

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 Academy Awards Party and Tacoma Film Festival.

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A classic fiilm house..in the truest form.

This independent film house offers the best in films that make you think, cry, ponder, laugh, take action, or relax and enjoy. The popcorn is the best! They use real butter and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
AnnaDan M
Lacey, Washington
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Lacey, Washington
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156 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This independent film house offers the best in films that make you think, cry, ponder, laugh, take action, or relax and enjoy. The popcorn is the best! They use real butter and either canola or coconut oil. Do yourself a favor and savor a good movie!

Thank AnnaDan M
Tacoma, Washington
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

this is the coolest cinema i've been to in a while. it's small, with only a handful of rooms for movies, tastey snacks, and you can order wine, beer, cider, hot chocolate, coffee, etc. A lot of the movies that are played here are sundance films. Also, this place is mostly run by volunteers, and they're all very polite.

Thank Christina B
Pacific Northwest
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I drive 25 miles to see films at this charming venue. If you're a member, you get a discounted admission, a parking pass for a lot 1/2 block away, a small bag of popcorn with real butter, and the knowledge that you're helping to support independent film in the South Sound. I've gone with a date occasionally, with friends, and... More 

Thank MimiCriffins
New York
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The best film screenings in Tacoma are here at the Grand Cinema. No longer do Pierce County film buffs have to travel north to see the best independent films. They also make a wonderful bag of buttered popcorn.

Thank W.H. D
Tacoma, Washington
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

If you are into independent, foreign or local films, this is your place. It's a little on the small and cozy size for my liking though. The seats could barely accommodate my not-so-tiny bottom. However, on the good side, the sound quality was good, screen size was adequate for the small size of the theater. The staff were friendly and... More 

Thank Sheri H
Tacoma, Washington, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The Grand Cinema is an older small fourplex theater. Some of the things I really like about the theater is the thought that goes into the selection of their movies. They are not just run of the mill movies that you see anywhere. The are award winning movies from Cannes and other film festivals and very unusual films that you... More 

1 Thank Mark J
Tacoma, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We have been members at the Grand for several years and appreciate being able to see movies that we could not see anywhere else. Membership has many benefits and I would recommend joining if you live close enough. If you are visiting the area, a movie at the Grand will be an enjoyable experience: you will be welcomed by staff... More 

Thank Anniegig
Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The Grand is a much loved theater in the Stadium district in north Tacoma. It shows foreign, art and unique movies not available anywhere else. It also promotes local film makers' creations.

Thank Alexis M
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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141 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The Grand Cinema is run by volunteers and has many events throughout the year, in addition to, running popular, mainstream movies. The theater often hosts post movie discussion forums. Parking is free in a lot next to the building. The concession stand is well stocked. If you are looking for comfy seats and a huge screen, you will be disappointed.... More 

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Darcy N, Public Relations Manager at The Grand Cinema, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the positive words! We are glad to hear that you appreciate our annual events and know about our post-film discussions nearly every Saturday! We also wanted to let you know that parking next door is free each weekday, but only after 4:00 p.m. (it is free all weekend). We wouldn't want you or another patron... More 

Tacoma, Washington
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Homey old Tacoma environment - run by folks devoted to good film - hard to get a bad flick there - lots of heady stuff, off-beat, foreign films. Great to escape the computer generated no-plot stuff coming out of Hollywood. An environment of fellow-minded people - people volunteer their time to support the theater. Just the place for those sick... More 

1 Thank JOHN D

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