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Happy 90th, Blue Mouse Theatre

The Blue Mouse Theatre in Proctor officially turns 90 today. It's the oldest continually-operating movie theater in Washington State.

The curtain first went up in the single screen theater on November 13, 1923 for a showing of the silent film The Green Goddess. Since then the theater has been through a number of upgrades in technology - moving from the old silent films to the "talkies," and earlier this year making the jump to digital with a little help from their friends (and a successful Kickstarter campaign).

The Blue Mouse operated under a number of names over the decades, starting out as the Blue Mouse (named after a Parisian lounge), then the Proctor Theater, the Bijou, and finally back to the Blue Mouse.

The historic theater survived the threat from multiplexes, a possible plan to turn it into office space, and underwent a renovation that has restored much of the building's original decor. Read more on the history of the Blue Mouse on their newly redesigned website, which launched this week.

As supporters celebrate the theater's 90th birthday, they're already looking forward to the 100th.

That's a lot of memories for Tacoma movie-goers - what's yours?

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