On Saturday night, my son and I went to see “Inception” at a local multiplex with about 30 other people in the theater. Much of the film takes place in a dreamworld inside the characters’ heads. How appropriate, then, to awaken to my Sunday News Tribune with the story about how Tacoma boosters want to build another multiplex theater, with parking, smack dab in downtown Tacoma.
I wondered if I was dreaming, too, when I read that we’re “underserved” with movie theaters in this community. Have any of the city and civic boosters actually been to the movies lately? Have there been long lines, or not enough seats anywhere? I know for sure that I’ve never been to a real theater that was even remotely full in Tacoma. Maybe in the dreamland City of Destiny, there are queues of folks lining up to see the latest blockbuster, but I sure haven’t noticed. And never mind the local theaters that have closed down for lack of business.
It is downright surreal to encourage hordes of moviegoers to drive their cars and park downtown in another behemoth parking lot. This is inconsistent with other city plans encouraging walking and biking, like the Prairie Line Trail, and using the Link and Pierce Transit – which is what “real” city dwellers do everywhere else. Since Tollefson Plaza needs something to do, maybe the Parallel Universe Megaplex could be sited there?