Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review of Point Ruston's Movie Theater

Our longtime neighbor, Don Doman and his wife, offer their opinion on the new Century Theater experience down the hill at Point Rustpn. You can read it here.  Don and company have been offering reviews of local restaurants and attractions for years. This trip was a short one for them, and it sounds like they enjoyed it.

Will It Last?

The News Tribune's columnist Matt Driscoll focused his latest commentary on the new movie theater at Point Ruston. You can read his thoughts here...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Nautical Flag Etiquette

The new nautical flag poles at Point Ruston's Grand Plaza caused some questions when the flags were first raised. Although the American flag was placed in the proper location, it was not the highest flag in the set. On nautical flag poles, the position of highest honor is the flag at the front of the vessel, at the front of the vertical tee. The flag at the top of the pole is used to display the vessel's club flag; in Point Ruston's case the Seahawk 12th Man flag. The arrangement has been modified since the initial placement, with no flag on the top of the pole for now. It's an interesting lesson in protocol...

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ruston Chevron Now UPS Access Point

A new location is available for UPS services just in time for all your holiday gift sending and receiving. The Ruston Chevron at 5043 N. Pearl Street is now a UPS Access Point. You can drop off prepaid packages for shipment and order items to be sent to the store rather than having them left on your front porch. The UPS driver may redirect your package to the store if you are not home as well.

Given the rash of thefts during recent holiday seasons, it's a welcome local option. The Access Point services are available from 6am until 6pm. Call the station manager Gary with more questions at (206) 856-3590.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Honor Our Past: Opinion

My reaction to some of yesterday's Cinemark theater opening speeches.As always, I welcome your thoughts...

The talk of the dirty, polluting, smelly, dangerous, evil that once lived down the hill still bothers me after all these years. The superior bragging that sets us up as so much smarter, so much more sophisticated, so much more righteous than our fathers. How "we closed down the smelter". How we have "transformed this blight". How it's a new community with new people - implying they are better than the old.

Yes, it is a wonderful change. It is worth celebrating. But the bashing of the old in order to build up the new isn't needed. It's an insult to the men and women who built this town. To the hard laborers who toiled for a century, making a better life for their children and our world. These honest, decent people loved this town - and loved the smelter. They were proud of the copper they produced. Every time we "new" people flip on a light or start a car, we rely on the copper their contemporaries provide for us.

It's a different world now than it was when the smelter was born. We've conquered many childhood diseases. We understand the environment better. Perhaps our founding father's should have known there would be a city surrounding the smelter someday. Perhaps they should have understood the impacts of using a taller stack to disperse emissions. But they didn't. I don't believe that makes them or their work a blight.

I'm not saying one is all bad or or the other all good. It's more complex than that. But I wish we could look beyond our egos and somehow celebrate this glorious new season without degrading the people or industry that made this season possible. I wish we could embrace the future while honoring the past. It will be a different world a hundred years from now. Let's hope our children's children see value in what we leave them and honor the history we make for them.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It's Open - Come On Down!

The Cinemark movie theater officially opens to the public tomorrow. A "ribbon cutting"  ceremony was held today with local dignitaries, but instead of cutting a ribbon, they tore a movie ticket. Restaurants from the Point Ruston development provided samples of their food and grand speeches were given. The fountain at the Grand Plaza is now open as well, with a spectacular light display after dark. The stairs will remain closed until a handicap ramp can be completed, but the plaza is open from the top with plenty of parking. Head on down and enjoy.

Entrance plaza

Speeches and food

In addition to 8 regular theaters (all with plush recliners) the Extreme theater features over 25 surround-sound speakers.

Inside Extreme theatre

Birthday party room available


More Yummies Available At Point Ruston

The News Tribune featured details about the newest eatery at Point Ruston yesterday. Dolce Si is an Italian bakery and cafe, now open at the far end of the Copperline building. Stop by on your way to a movie or after you explore the new Grand Plaza. Read more here...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Movies Start Thursday At Point Ruston

The new movie theater operators relased this statement today:

Cinemark Announces Grand Opening of New 9-Screen Theatre in Tacoma, WA

New Century Point Ruston and XD Theatre Features Luxury Lounger Recliners, NextGen Cinema Design Concept and a Cinemark XD Auditorium
PLANO, Texas--()--Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, will open a new 9-screen theatre in Tacoma, Washington, on Thursday, November 19, 2015. Located at 5057 Main Street at Ruston Way, the Century Point Ruston and XD will feature Cinemark’s NextGen cinema design concept, Luxury Lounger recliners, and a Cinemark XD: Extreme Digital Cinema auditorium. The theatre will offer guests large wall-to-wall screens, enhanced sound systems, and digital presentation in every auditorium.
The new complex will open with the highly anticipated movie THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 2 and over the next few weeks will be exhibiting a variety of blockbusters including STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, THE GOOD DINOSAUR, THE BIG SHORT and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP.

“Point Ruston is an exciting development and the perfect location on the South Sound to launch our new state-of-the-art theatre,” stated Mark Zoradi, Cinemark’s Chief Executive Officer. "With amenities like an impressive Cinemark XD auditorium and comfortable Luxury Lounger recliners, the new Century Point Ruston and XD theatre will quickly become recognized as the preferred entertainment destination in the Tacoma area.”

At the Century Point Ruston and XD guests will experience the comforts of a brand new NextGen theatre which boasts the latest cutting-edge technology and customer-preferred amenities including:
  • Cinemark Luxury Loungers that are electric-powered, plush, oversized recliners with footrests and cup holders
  • Enhanced viewing environments with wall-to-wall screens available in all auditoriums
  • Cinemark XD: Extreme Digital Cinema auditorium – the number one, private label Premium Large Format (PLF) in the world
  • 4K digital projection powered by Barco projectors; RealD 3D capability in several auditoriums
  • Complete surround sound systems in each auditorium that will enable customers to enjoy the movies as the filmmakers intended
  • A full serve concession stand featuring popcorn, soft drinks and favorite candy brands
  • A Cinema CafĂ© featuring coffees, pastries, assorted teas and drinks
  • Online and kiosk ticketing available
  • Reserved seating
Moviegoers can download the Cinemark app to view show times and purchase tickets on-the-go. Guests can also use CineMode and earn rewards for being courteous during the movie. Cinemark fans are invited to stay connected through Cinemark’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Finally, customers can sign up online to receive free, weekly show time emailers that contain online coupons for discounts at the concession stand and other weekly special offers at

The new Century Point Ruston and XD Theatre will have a variety of Grand Opening activities planned for the week. On Wednesday, November 18th the theatre will have its “Ticket Tearing” ceremony to officially open the building. The lunchtime event will be catered by a number of Point Ruston’s local restaurants. At 4:30 later that day, the Double Feature of THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PARTS 1 AND 2 will show for select prize winners. Beginning Thursday, November 19th, the first 50 people to purchase at ticket at the theatre on Thursday – Sunday will receive a Cinemark Swag bag filled with movie-themed and Cinemark-themed items. The bags will be limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Finally, various radio remotes will round out the weekend.

Cinemark is a leading domestic and international motion picture exhibitor, operating 507 theatres with 5,746 screens in 41 U.S. states, Brazil, Argentina and 12 other Latin American countries as of September 30, 2015. For more information go to
Situated along nearly one mile of Puget Sound waterfront, Point Ruston is a new, resort-inspired village with panoramic views of the South Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and Mount Rainier. Point Ruston’s entertainment, dining, and shopping district will include 75+ street-level shops and restaurants including the luxury nine-screen Century Theatres, a specialty grocer, and a four-star, full service Silver Cloud Hotel. Point Ruston is the place to experience the best of the Pacific Northwest lifestyle.


Cinemark USA, Inc.
James Meredith, 972-665-1680
Frank Gonzales, 972-665-1043
Marketing Manager

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fort Nisqually Future Plans

You're Invited
Public Meeting to discuss Fort Nisqually
Living History Museum's long-range plans:
Wednesday, Nov. 18
6:00 p.m.
Metro Parks Headquarters
4702 S. 19th St.
About the Process 
With the Point Defiance Park Master Plan Update nearly finished, Metro Parks planners are moving forward as promised and asking the public to participate in more detailed work for several focus areas within the park.
Up next: Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. A public meeting will be part of a process to help Metro Parks develop long-range capital improvement and programming for the Fort.
The meeting will take place in the Metro Parks Board Room, 4702 S. 19th St. Metro Parks' consultant Weatherhead Experience Design Group, which has worked with the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), EMP Museum, and Chicago History Museum, will help lead the conversation.

A steering committee also has formed to help guide the process. Additional public meetings will be announced after the Nov. 18 meeting.
We'd like your input!
Anyone who wishes to give input but can't attend may call Chief Planning Manager Fraser at (253) 305-1019 or email him at

Information about the process and other aspects of Point Defiance Park planning also will be available through

Monday, November 9, 2015

Ruston School Fully Occupied

Catholic Community Services has signed the lease and begun the renovations to the Ruston School building to bring their Family Preservation unit to town. The lease was approved by the council on August 18th and includes $50,000 of improvements. The 36-month lease brings over $4,300 a month income for the use of all remaining vacant space in the building. The Mary Joyce Community Center remains, but the rest of the old school is now being used.

Defiant Goldfish Indeed

The Defiant Goldfish is hiring - aiming for an opening by mid-December. The former Goldfish Tavern at the entrance to Point Defiance Park has had some setbacks, but appears to be on track to open soon! Read more here...

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Industrial Legacy

The News Tribune has another story about the environmental cleanup efforts in the greater Tacoma area, part of dealing with new standards applied to historic industrial operations. You can read more here...

Friday, November 6, 2015

More Coming At Point Ruston

More buildings are coming on line at Point Ruston. By mid-month, the 9-plex movie theater will open with parking, the Grand Plaza and spectacular fountain display; with several new restaurants to follow soon. More at The News Tribune here...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

New Bakery and Treats at Point Ruston

The News Tribune confirmed today that a new Italian bakery and ice cream shop will open in a few weeks at Point Ruston. Dolce Si Sicilian Bakery And Cafe will feature genuine gelato and pastries from the old country. More details here...