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From the History Files: Speaking of Cinemas…

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From the Rainier Valley Historical Society

HILLMAN CITY – Speaking of cinemas in the Rainier Valley…

Did you know that Mr. Arthur Fox’s American Theatre featured Rita Hayworth’s film debut in Dante’s Inferno and Buck Jones in the B-western Border Brigands in November 1937?

In May 1921, Hillman City’s new movie house was a Paramount Pictures venue, whose motion picture stars included Gloria Swanson, William S. Hart and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle.

Movies were still being shown at the then-named Beaux Arts Unusual Art Cinema in 1968 when Kirk Douglas starred in Spartacus.

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