Proctor District, Tacoma, Washington

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The Proctor District is a business district in the north end of Tacoma, Washington. Primarily a center for locals to shop, the District has cultivated a small town "urban village" character.


The Proctor District is home to many unique, family owned small businesses. The venerable old Blue Mouse Theatre, built in 1923, is the oldest continuously operating movie theater in Washington State and is open seven days a week. The Blue Mouse celebrated its 90th birthday on November 12, 2013. Two Saturdays a month, Rocky Horror Picture Show brings in crowds. There are many restaurants including Europa Bistro, East West Cafe, Pomodoro, La Fondita, Knapps and Pour At Four. Proctor is also home to US Bank, Key Bank and Umpqua Bank. There is a veterinary clinic and a range of businesses that attract shoppers from surrounding areas as well as nearby neighborhoods.

The Pacific Northwest Shop (Proctor and North 27th) specializes in products made exclusively in the Pacific Northwest. For a complete list of shops go to

An important development in the mid-1990s was the arrival of the supermarket Queen Anne Thriftway, now Metropolitan Market, which moved in across from Safeway at the corner of North 25th and Proctor.

The center of the Proctor District is located at the cross streets of Proctor Street and North 26th Street in Tacoma. The 1927 Proctor Street bridge just north of the district was rebuilt in 2006.

Schools and churches[edit]

The Proctor District is the site of two public schools (Washington-Hoyt Elementary School and Mason Middle School), a public library (Anna Lemon Wheelock Public Library), and a church (Mason United Methodist Church), as well as a number of charitable organizations.

Farmers' market and community activity[edit]

Proctor has a lively farmers' market, the second largest in the city, which runs from the last weekend in March through the second-to-last weekend in December on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Coordinates: 47°16′16″N 122°29′20″W / 47.2711°N 122.4889°W / 47.2711; -122.4889