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New photo-book tells story of Tacoma’s historic Theater District

Historic photo-book “Tacoma’s Theater District” will be released soon by Arcadia Publishing.
Historic photo-book “Tacoma’s Theater District” will be released soon by Arcadia Publishing. Courtesy

A new release from historic photo-book publisher Arcadia looks at the Tacoma Theater District, and the way its buildings and community were built from 1890 to the present.

Using 198 photographs sourced from the Tacoma Public Library, author Kimberly Davenport (also a local pianist and teacher) tells the Theater District story from its early beginnings when Tacoma was the terminus of the Northern Pacific railroad, through the building of the Pantages and Rialto theaters in 1918, their conversion to movie-houses and eventual restoration. She also looks at the building of Theater on the Square in 1993, and numerous community events held inside the theaters, leading to the recent renewal of the district as a whole.

“Tacoma’s Theater District” will be available for sale in early September from Arcadia Publishing and in local bookstores, $21.99, arcadiapublishing.com.

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