It's Official: Galaxy University Place Theater Will Close

The Galaxy Narrows Theater in University Place will show it's last film on Thurs., Jan. 31, the Tacoma News Tribune reported Monday.

UPDATE: Mon., Jan. 28, 2013

The Galaxy Narrows Theater in University Place will close at the end of the month after 30 years of business, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

The last showing will be Jan. 31, 2013.


ORIGINAL: Fri., Jan. 18, 2013:

An online report published Thursday says University Place's only movie theater will have its final showing the end of this month.

According to Alix Carman of Examiner.com, Galaxy Tacoma Narrows 8 is officially closing at the end of this month. It has operated in that location since 2009, when it replaced competitor AMC:

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

(Click here to read the full report)

The report - which doesn't cite any official sources - says Galaxy hasn't released a statement about the closure, and messages left by Patch at Galaxy's corporate office in California haven't been returned.

If the report is true, then the theater would be the second major business to leave the Mildred Street Corridor this month, as The Keg is scheduled to close its doors Saturday.

In addition to University Place, Galaxy operates theaters in Gig Harbor and Monroe.

Jack January 19, 2013 at 03:47 AM
They never did a very good job of advertising their improvements. They put in new reclining chairs that are very comfortable and all day Tuesdays the movies are $5. It's a shame, I watch a lot of movies here.
Denitta Ortiz January 19, 2013 at 04:55 AM
We are sad to see it go. Another empty building here in UPlace. What is going on ? We always support our UP busness and places of entertainment , but now well be forced to go out of our little city and spend our money else where. One has to wonder what is the people who run this city doing wrong? We have become a Ghost Town ! Sad to see !
Barbara Kearley January 19, 2013 at 05:36 PM
They are indeed closing. We went last night to see the opening of Mama and were told the news that they are closing at the end of the month. We were given passes to the Uptown Galaxy. My hubby and I were sad; date night of The Keg and a movie are a thing of the past.
Barbara Brooks January 19, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Am I the only UP resident who believes our city's downfall began when Mama Stortini's restaurant had to find a new location? Since that time many fine businesses have left including The Keg, now The Galaxy. How sad for us that we won't be able to see a film in our own little city.....
Christie Anderson January 19, 2013 at 08:42 PM
It is my understanding that Joe Stortini sold his restaurant, "Mama Stortini's", to owners who planned on relocating to Sumner. So, it seems that structure would most likely have been empty anyway. I would date UP business downfall, curse, or whatever you'd call it, to when University Park 2 and Clocktower Square businesses (including an attractive library), were told to vacate. Then, after some considerable time later, bulldozed to make room for the delusion of grandure called "Town(e) Center" (which included filling in a wetland pond at the north east corner of Homestead Park for a "University" extension of WSU-staging area-now graveled parkinglot-eyesore). Perhaps UP Patch might like to run a story on this to clarify whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first here :-)
Dr. Curt Oland January 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Chris Anderson, long before I decided to relocate my business to UP, I remember reading an article about the TC. They interviewed whoever was in charge and the statement was made "we will have a plan soon". This was after they kicked out all the revenue creating businesses. I think that was seven years ago. Now I have a business in a city that I actually like. But I am concerned that they seem to struggle quite a bit, with just basic business ideas. I was at a council meeting and one of the council members made a comment that if we had a nice coffee shop, people would just jump off I-5 and swing by for some coffee. C'mon there are about 27 coffee shops between here and I-5. I not sure the council is qualified to handle this under taking. During the whole permit process I never once met Mariza. Javier actually made a special point to come by and welcome me to the city. But alas the economic development person never said boo. So maybe we should look at that position and see if a change is in order. In my opinion.
Howard and Barbara Lee January 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Dr Oland is right on the money. When I unsuccessfully ran for a city council position three years ago I visited nearly 30 UP businesses. Only one had heard of the cities economic development program. Unfortunately, Dr Oland was one of 29 businesses who had been overlooked. While some of the business closures could not have been averted by anything short of a miracle, others may have survived with the help of a business friendly atmosphere. Sadly, while a cities business climate may be defined more by image rather than reality, the end result is the same with business moving elsewhere. Today Mariza Craig reported that the Economic Development city staff and commissioners plan on visiting 2 or 3 UP businesses a month. I hope this is a typo and she actually meant a week not month. However, either way it is too little and too late. Howard
Patricia Mannie, Patricia & Co. January 20, 2013 at 01:56 AM
This is very disstressing to hear! Now University Place is losing yet ANOTHER business? What is happening to our city? I am losing faith in our city as there is less and less businesses here to patronize. I find myself more and more having to leave the city limits to buy what I need. I enjoy living here however; as businesses continue to leave I am more and more disappointed.
Christina January 20, 2013 at 03:56 AM
This is getting scary, how long has the "Red Apple" site been closed, and all those empty buildings. Sherri's, China buffet, Masemo's, Ruby Tuesday, The Keg and now the galaxy. Has anyone else noticed the older homes with yards being torn down and two very cheap ugly homes being built in a month. Check out 33th, Tahoma place W. It could happen to you....Home values staying down and taxes going up....WTH !!
Stephen January 20, 2013 at 08:01 AM
I wanted to let everybody know that it is official that the theater is closing and the last day for the theatre is Jan. 31. We went to see Mama tonight and staff informed us they were closing and gave us two free tickets to go to the Gig Harbor galaxy theatre. A sad time for University Place.
Randy Walden January 20, 2013 at 04:34 PM
A cities Economic Development dept in any city is not responsible for running a business, it is a resource. My business was in Lakewood before moving to UP, and I never heard from the city of Lakewood until it was time to renew my license. There are many factors as to why a business closes, but one of them will not be the city didn't visit me. it's is still about the economy, taxes and government regs (I know, and wish the state leave me alone). Small businesses is carrying a heavy load for the community and the country.
Dr. Curt Oland January 20, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Hey Randy, let me clarify. You are correct that the business owner is responsible for their own business. My point is that when I applied for a business license i was never contact by anyone from the economic development committee. For a city that is struggling to attract business you would think someone would have contacted me. If for no other reason to eliminate this perception UP is anti business. I for one do not think UP is anti-business, but that is the perception from most business owners in the community.
Jer Bear January 21, 2013 at 08:31 AM
The city of U.P. FORCED MaMa Strotini's to close by canceling their lease. The over aggressive city leaders at the time thought they were invincible and wanted the restaurant for more office space. It didn't take long for the so called city leaders to realize their mistake. The city of U.P. has recently asked Joe Stortini to relocate his business back in U.P. I hope I am correct in assuming what he told them.
another mom January 21, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Have to agree with you there. Although I will note that when they were publishing their little annual business directory, they consistently got me in the wrong category, despite numerous communications from me. I finally had to call the publisher to get it right. Since I haven't seen that directory recently (unless my secretary filed it somewhere) I assume that's not being published any more. At the rate they're going, it'll be a one page print out.
Randy Walden January 21, 2013 at 05:32 PM
@another mom - The UP business directory was canceled by the publisher, for is was not profitable to do. The city had very little control over the publication.
Howard and Barbara Lee January 21, 2013 at 06:58 PM
As a current member of the UP Economic Development Commission your comments are well taken. While you explained what Lakewood didn't do prior to your move to UP you failed to describe any services you received from UP city staff. I agree with Dr. Oland that any personal interaction between UP Economical Development personnel and UP businesses, both large and small, might be not only be helpful to the individual business but build a positive image of UP being a place which recognizes the importance of business to the success of our community. As I stated earlier, sometime perception is more important than reality. Howard
Christie Anderson January 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Jer Bear said: "The city of U.P. has recently asked Joe Stortini to relocate his business back in U.P. I hope I am correct in assuming what he told them." So Joe's moving his business back to UP??? :-)
larryzarelli January 22, 2013 at 02:05 AM
There will be a new theater coming OK the Town Center-Library area within 3 years. Also a nine-plex near Rust on Way next year
Dan January 22, 2013 at 03:11 AM
I'm really looking forward to the Ruston Way development. Theater, Shopping, Condos... I may even move there, as long as my condo can be above the Forza coffee shop that is opening there too. I hear there is a little delay though, so maybe not 2014 for the theater. And by the way, the new Century Theatres are pretty snazzy. Is your Town Center statement fact or just wishful thinking? This has never been announced, and I really don't know where there would be room/parking for a decent sized theater.
Christie Anderson January 22, 2013 at 03:31 AM
The movie theatre was in the orginal concept and might still be in those plans...but I really don't care at this point.
Dan January 22, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Chris, Remember when we thought that we were getting this... http://www.djc.com/stories/images/20070521/u_place_tc_web.jpg This is from 2003, so that is just sad by itself. I see the civic building, and if you look real close, there may even be a bronze duck.
Christina January 22, 2013 at 05:32 AM
Oh yes the duck, to go along with the birds nest in round about off 40th. who comes up with this embarrassment with tax dollars...shame !
Christina January 22, 2013 at 05:32 AM
Oh yes the duck, to go along with the birds nest in round about off 40th. who comes up with this embarrassment with tax dollars...shame !
Christie Anderson January 22, 2013 at 06:42 AM
I believe that both the duck and the eagle's nest in the 40th and Drexler 'round-about were projects through the non-profit group "Up For Art", and any tax dollars that may have been used was in UP staff hours associated with acquisition & installment of the "art".
Christie Anderson January 28, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Now that the movie theatre is closing, it be great to use the building as a performing arts center. Of course renovation will be needed, but wow....wouldn't it be nice to have a full functioning arts center for the home of Dance Theatre Northwest? :-)
Lauren Padgett (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM
This makes me sad. I have so many memories of this place - I had my first date there, and my friends and I would always go out for movies and TCBY afterward. You'll be missed Narrows!
steve swortz January 29, 2013 at 01:08 AM
You are not the only one with this feeling.Mamas was a draw to UP now the only draw to go there is Traders Joes. If that was not there I would never go to UP.
steve swortz January 29, 2013 at 01:13 AM
It all started with the fire at Pizza and Pipes. Enough said!
Christie Anderson January 29, 2013 at 01:52 AM
How is the Galaxy's closing the effect of Pizza and Pipes' fire?
Dan February 01, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Among the words on the final night's marquee: Last Impossible Unexpected Miserable Dark


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