Help save the Blue Mouse, a North End landmark and one of the Northwest’s oldest theaters! Due to the high cost required to convert their operations from film to digital, this 89-year-old theater is in danger of closing its doors. A KICKSTARTER campaign has been set up, in partnership with Tacoma Neighborhoods Together, to raise funds for the conversion. Check out the Blue Mouse Kickstarter page which includes a video about the theatre featuring historian Michael Sullivan, and former Tacoma mayor, Bill Baarsma. $21,000 of the $75,000 goal has already been raised, with 53 days to go!
Arts writer Candace Brown wrote the excellent post below on her blog, Good Life Northwest.
Help Save the Blue Mouse Theatre
Like the subject of a Norman Rockwell painting, Tacoma’s Proctor District thrives and functions as the quintessential American village—walkable, convenient, and complete, with a lively retail core, schools, churches, fire station, restaurants, library, services, a farmers market, and more—a gem within the larger city. And if Proctor had its own official town hall, that might be the historic Blue Mouse Theatre.
On balmy summer evenings or rainy November nights, it’s a community gathering place. Outside, friends and neighbors visit with each other while waiting to step up to the box office window, where General Manager Susan Evans will offer a cheery greeting and joke around as she hands them their tickets. The old paneled doors open and the warmth of the lobby and smell of popcorn wrap around you like a hug. Above it all, those little blue neon mice just keep scampering across the marquee, at least for now. But they are in danger.