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Big news! 

We are excited to announce that The Grand Cinema, Pierce County's only nonprofit center for film and film education, is raising $5 million to buy our building at Sixth and Fawcett!

We've called the Merlino Arts Center home since we were founded in 1997. For nearly three decades it has housed film screenings, festivals and competitions, Oscar parties, director Q&A's, private gatherings, and so much more.

But beyond that, the Merlino is home to dancers, bakers, artists and many more. This is an important project for all who call The Merlino Arts Center home.

We want The Grand to remain an anchor in Tacoma's arts community and preserve the future of the Merlino as a hub for creators. With the building for sale, it is important for The Grand to take advantage of this opportunity to control our long-term destiny. We have until the middle of 2025 to complete this process, and we will have much more information coming your way soon.

We are proud of the media coverage surrounding this important opportunity for our community.

Please read more here:

Matt Driscoll wrote this article for the News Tribune.

Evening Magazine aired this amazing video about the campaign!

KNKX aired a live interview with Philip Cowan, Grand Cinema Executive Director and you can find that HERE with a written story. 

South Sound Magazine featured this article about us.

And THIS is a great article about independent movie theaters in the Seattle Met.

For more information on the project, please contact Rachel Marecle, Chief Development Officer.  THANK YOU for supporting The Grand Cinema!


Donations for both the capital campaign and general operating expenses are fully tax-deductible and help grow the love of independent film in our community through our programming and providing film education opportunities to folks of all ages. It is because of our generous community of donors that we can continue to bring the best of film + film education to Tacoma and beyond!

EIN: 91-1774658
Grand Tacoma Cine Club d/b/a The Grand Cinema
606 Fawcett Ave Tacoma WA 98402

Donations to The Grand are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Grand Tacoma Cine Club is registered under RCW 19.09. You may contact the Washington Secretary of State at 800.332.4483 or visit for more information.


Your help ensures we can do the essential work of connecting communities through film, building supportive partnerships, and working together to learn and empower.  Because of you, The Grand Cinema is a resource where you can meet and learn from leaders, artists, activists, and teachers. Thank you for your support and we look forward, inspired by our mission to enrich lives and enhance the cultural vitality of the Greater Tacoma community through the art of film.

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