UA 150

2131 Sixth Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98121

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 14, 2010 at 11:54 am

Another great flick.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 14, 2010 at 11:43 am

SO much to read might have missed it.But I noticed “COONSKIN” played there.It was highly racist satire that I thought was pulled very quickly from release.Either X or R cartoon.

West5Dave
West5Dave on May 14, 2010 at 11:10 am

I rescued about thirty of the theater seats, scores of wall sconces and a pair of silver-plated chandeliers from the UA150 just before it was demolished in 2002. They have all been sitting in storage since they were rescued and I would entertain selling to the right collector or for the right project. The seats, made by Heywood Wakefield, are extremely well-built and comfortable – they have high backs (maybe not by todays theater standard) and rock on hinged steel springs; they are pink. The sconces are fairly common mid-century wall sconces; they clean up nicely – I painted about ten of them and re-purposed them in my restaurant. The chandeliers are absolutely gorgeous when cleaned up (they had years of dust and popcorn grease accumulated on them). If interested in making a purchase, I can send along photos. Dave

ColinMarcoe
ColinMarcoe on March 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Thanks Michael. Yes, as much as I would’ve loved for the film to have played round-the-clock, it just wasn’t the case back then. My best friend and I ALWAYS had to wait until 1:20, and later, 1:45pm. But “Jedi” or “Empire” however, may have played 24/7 when released?

And you’re right, there was an adjustment in showtimes in August when they upgraded to a 70mm print. I had forgotten about that! (I still have the ad “Now in 70mm” with new showtimes). I was never sure why. Perhaps to allow more time between shows to handle the ever-growing crowds?

Coate
Coate on February 19, 2010 at 4:53 am

Regarding the showtimes (as debated above) for the original run of “Star Wars”… I can’t say there wasn’t ever a period of time where the film played round the clock, but I doubt it. The industry just didn’t do that sort of thing back then. In pulling ad photocopies from my collection, I see the showtimes on opening day (May 25, 1977) were 1:20, 3:40, 6:00, 8:20 & 10:35. Other ads I have from dates in August and December ‘77 indicate the showtimes mentioned by Colin Marcoe in his comment of Sep. 20, 2005: 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 & 10:00.

Anthonix
Anthonix on February 19, 2010 at 3:02 am

I saw so many movies (well, including the Star Wars trilogy) so many times, I had my favorite seat. I’d run in there as fast as I could and sit e x a c t l y under the dome’s middle circle – claiming it to be the best seat. I remember not really liking the curvature of the screen though. It distorted the movies. Only months later did I see Star Wars on a flatter screen and realized the opening “crawl” wasn’t curved – like it looked on the UA 150’s screen.

On one occasion, some friends and I were there watching a movie (I can’t for the life of me remember which one) and a fight broke out in the upper tiers. The movie stopped, the lights came on, and the cops showed up and arrested the fighters! Everybody cheered. Then, I started to chant; “RE-WIND! RE-WIND! RE-WIND!” Most of the theater chanted with me, and when the chant winded down, I added: “AND THE PREVIEWS TOO!” generating a theater full of laughs. They didn’t rewind the movie (probably impossible with the tray system) but it was a funny moment that I’ll never forget. :)

Anthonix
Anthonix on February 19, 2010 at 2:52 am

“The first ‘Star Wars’ never ran 24 hours a day! I attended the film MANY times in ‘77/'78 and the showtimes were 1:45pm, 4:30, 7:15 and 10:00pm only. ”

So sorry, and I’m not trying to be insulting, but I’ll never forget that the Cinema 150 showed Star Wars “Round the clock” every three hours. 7:00(PM), 10:00(PM), 1:00(AM) 4:00(AM) 7:00(AM) 10:00(AM) 1:00(PM) 4:00(PM).

I saw this movie on my ninth birthday (June 1977) and was such a Star Wars freak, I would look up everything I possibly could on the subject. Including looking at my Dad’s newspaper every week just to see the showtimes. And again, they were as I showed above. For OVER a year.

Years later, they were showing “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back” across the street at the King Theater (now a church?) and my friends and I saw those two, then “Return of the Jedi” at the 150. Took all day! (With a break for lunch at the cool modern McDonalds) Ahh, the days.

Anthonix
Anthonix on February 19, 2010 at 2:51 am

“The first ‘Star Wars’ never ran 24 hours a day! I attended the film MANY times in ‘77/'78 and the showtimes were 1:45pm, 4:30, 7:15 and 10:00pm only. ”

So sorry, and I’m not trying to be insulting, but I’ll never forget that the Cinema 150 showed Star Wars “Round the clock” every three hours. 7:00(PM), 10:00(PM), 1:00(AM) 4:00(AM) 7:00(AM) 10:00(AM) 1:00(PM) 4:00(PM).

I saw this movie on my ninth birthday (June 1977) and was such a Star Wars freak, I would look up everything I possibly could on the subject. Including looking at my Dad’s newspaper every week just to see the showtimes. And again, they were as I showed above. For OVER a year.

Years later, they were showing “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back” across the street at the King Theater (now a church?) and my friends and I saw those two, then “Return of the Jedi” at the 150. Took all day! (With a break for lunch at the cool modern McDonalds) Ahh, the days.

neeb
neeb on July 16, 2007 at 8:44 pm

the website fromscripttodvd.com does a great job of detailing 70mm engagements and where they played.

I wish they’d devote some attention to Seattle. There’s no shortage of venues and events.

markinthedark
markinthedark on July 16, 2007 at 8:19 pm

yes please. Format as well (dolby, 70mm etc)

ColinMarcoe
ColinMarcoe on July 16, 2007 at 7:31 pm

Ron, Wow! That’s an impressive list! It would also be interesting to see a list of all the films which played AFTER 1976 as well. (Several, of course we already know).

Ron3853
Ron3853 on April 11, 2007 at 12:24 pm

also UA 150
03/03/71 Doctors' Wives (inadvertantly omitted)

Ron3853
Ron3853 on April 11, 2007 at 12:22 pm

UA 70
10/01/69 3 into 2 Won’t Go
10/08/69 The Libertine
10/29/69 The Sterile Cuckoo
12/17/69 Viva, Max!
02/25/70 They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
05/13/70 Fellini’s Satyricon
08/19/70 The Passion of Anna/Persona
09/09/70 Barefoot in the Park/The Odd Couple
09/16/70 Hotel
10/07/70 Joe
07/21/71 Summer of ‘42
01/26/72 The Last Picture Show
06/21/72 Cisco Pike
07/05/72 Red Sun
07/19/72 Little Big Man/A Man Called Horse
07/26/72 The Other
09/20/72 Marjoe
10/25/72 Bad Company
11/01/72 A Separate Peace
12/20/72 The King of Marvin Gardens
01/10/73 They Only Kill Their Masters
01/31/73 Sounder
05/23/73 Slither
06/27/73 Scarecrow
09/19/73 Visions of Eight
10/03/73 Walking Tall
10/24/73 Jimi Hendrix
12/05/73 The Betty Boop Scandals of 1974
12/19/73 Ash Wednesday
01/30/74 The Seven Ups
02/20/74 Sounder
02/27/74 A Touch of Class
03/27/74 The Three Musketeers
10/02/74 Conrack
11/06/74 The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob
11/20/74 King of Hearts
12/18/74 The Godfather, Part II
02/12/75 Murder on the Orient Express
06/25/75 The French Connection 2
08/20/75 At Long Last Love
09/17/75 The Happy Hooker
10/01/75 Fantastic Planet/Dark Star
10/08/75 (Ali-Frazier Fight)
10/15/75 Coonskin
10/22/75 Camelot
11/12/75 The Human Factor
11/26/75 Capone
12/17/75 The Sunshine Boys
03/24/76 I Will, I Will…For Now
04/28/76 The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
05/26/76 The Blue Bird
06/30/76 Silent Movie
11/24/76 Murder by Death/Murder on the Orient Express
12/22/76 Silver Streak

Ron3853
Ron3853 on April 11, 2007 at 11:49 am

Sorry, I didn’t mean to hit “Submit” twice – it was taking a long time.

Ron3853
Ron3853 on April 11, 2007 at 11:47 am

Listed Below are the films which played at the UA 150 Theater in Seattle from their opening through December 31, 1976. Research is from Variety and microfilms of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The date listed is the Wednesday of the week that the film opened. There may be a few instances where second run bills were played or films moved over from UA 70 which are not listed.

UA 150
10/01/69 Easy Rider
12/24/69 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
03/18/70 Marooned
05/27/70 Rider on the Rain
06/10/70 Goodbye, Columbus/True Grit
06/17/70 Too Late the Hero
07/01/70 The Strawberry Statement
07/15/70 Getting Straight
08/12/70 Tell Me You Love Me, Junie Moon
09/16/70 Performance
11/04/70 I Walk the Line
11/18/70 Five Easy Pieces
12/23/70 The Owl and the Pussycat
03/17/71 Husbands
04/07/71 Waterloo
04/28/71 Lawrence of Arabia
05/26/71 A Man Called Sledge
06/09/71 The Racing Scene
06/16/71 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice/Cactus Flower
06/23/71 Summer of ‘42
07/21/71 The Anderson Tapes
08/18/71 The Love Machine
09/15/71 Around the World in 80 Days/West Side Story
09/29/71 My Fair Lady
10/20/71 Gone With the Wind
11/03/71 Doctor Zhivago
12/08/71 2001: A Space Odyssey
12/22/71 The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight
01/19/72 The Hellstrom Chronicles/On Any Sunday
01/26/72 Summer of '42
05/24/72 The Possession of Joel Delaney
06/21/72 What’s Up, Doc?
11/22/72 Rage
12/06/72 Blacula
12/13/72 Savage Messiah
12/20/72 Travels With My Aunt
01/24/73 Avanti
02/14/73 Cabaret
03/07/73 The Heartbreak Kid
04/18/73 Sleuth
07/04/73 The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
08/01/73 The Last of Sheila
08/29/73 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
09/19/73 Happy Mothers Day, Love George
10/03/73 I Could Never Have Sex With Anyone Who Wasn’t My Husband
10/24/73 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
11/14/73 (Russian Ballet Film Festival)
11/21/73 Walking Tall
12/19/73 The Seven Ups
01/30/74 The Laughing Policeman
02/27/74 The Last Detail
05/22/74 Zardoz
07/03/74 The Parallax View
07/31/74 Christina
08/07/74 Pink Floyd – The Movie
08/28/74 2001: A Space Odyssey
10/30/74 Harry and Tonto
12/18/74 The Godfather, Part II
03/19/75 The Four Musketeers
06/25/75 The Wind and the Lion
08/20/75 The Happy Hooker
09/17/75 Singin’ in the Rain
10/08/75 Yessongs
10/22/75 Gone With the Wind
11/05/75 Royal Flash
11/26/75 Mr. Quilp
12/03/75 Enter the Dragon
12/24/75 Lucky Lady
04/14/76 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox
05/26/76 Mother, Jugs, and Speed
06/23/76 The Omen
10/20/76 Alex and the Gypsy
11/24/76 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
12/08/76 The Shootist
12/22/76 All This and World War II

UA 70

Ron3853
Ron3853 on April 11, 2007 at 11:47 am

Listed Below are the films which played at the UA 150 Theater in Seattle from their opening through December 31, 1976. Research is from Variety and microfilms of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The date listed is the Wednesday of the week that the film opened. There may be a few instances where second run bills were played or films moved over from UA 70 which are not listed.

UA 150
10/01/69 Easy Rider
12/24/69 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
03/18/70 Marooned
05/27/70 Rider on the Rain
06/10/70 Goodbye, Columbus/True Grit
06/17/70 Too Late the Hero
07/01/70 The Strawberry Statement
07/15/70 Getting Straight
08/12/70 Tell Me You Love Me, Junie Moon
09/16/70 Performance
11/04/70 I Walk the Line
11/18/70 Five Easy Pieces
12/23/70 The Owl and the Pussycat
03/17/71 Husbands
04/07/71 Waterloo
04/28/71 Lawrence of Arabia
05/26/71 A Man Called Sledge
06/09/71 The Racing Scene
06/16/71 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice/Cactus Flower
06/23/71 Summer of ‘42
07/21/71 The Anderson Tapes
08/18/71 The Love Machine
09/15/71 Around the World in 80 Days/West Side Story
09/29/71 My Fair Lady
10/20/71 Gone With the Wind
11/03/71 Doctor Zhivago
12/08/71 2001: A Space Odyssey
12/22/71 The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight
01/19/72 The Hellstrom Chronicles/On Any Sunday
01/26/72 Summer of '42
05/24/72 The Possession of Joel Delaney
06/21/72 What’s Up, Doc?
11/22/72 Rage
12/06/72 Blacula
12/13/72 Savage Messiah
12/20/72 Travels With My Aunt
01/24/73 Avanti
02/14/73 Cabaret
03/07/73 The Heartbreak Kid
04/18/73 Sleuth
07/04/73 The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
08/01/73 The Last of Sheila
08/29/73 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
09/19/73 Happy Mothers Day, Love George
10/03/73 I Could Never Have Sex With Anyone Who Wasn’t My Husband
10/24/73 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
11/14/73 (Russian Ballet Film Festival)
11/21/73 Walking Tall
12/19/73 The Seven Ups
01/30/74 The Laughing Policeman
02/27/74 The Last Detail
05/22/74 Zardoz
07/03/74 The Parallax View
07/31/74 Christina
08/07/74 Pink Floyd – The Movie
08/28/74 2001: A Space Odyssey
10/30/74 Harry and Tonto
12/18/74 The Godfather, Part II
03/19/75 The Four Musketeers
06/25/75 The Wind and the Lion
08/20/75 The Happy Hooker
09/17/75 Singin’ in the Rain
10/08/75 Yessongs
10/22/75 Gone With the Wind
11/05/75 Royal Flash
11/26/75 Mr. Quilp
12/03/75 Enter the Dragon
12/24/75 Lucky Lady
04/14/76 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox
05/26/76 Mother, Jugs, and Speed
06/23/76 The Omen
10/20/76 Alex and the Gypsy
11/24/76 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
12/08/76 The Shootist
12/22/76 All This and World War II

UA 70

ColinMarcoe
ColinMarcoe on September 28, 2005 at 4:37 pm

Thanks Michael! Corrected, it opened in October, NOT November of ‘69. Still a far cry from 1962! And STILL a crime the place is gone.

Coate
Coate on September 24, 2005 at 5:50 pm

“This theater, which opened in 1969”

“The twin-cinema (Seattle’s first) was built in 1962 to exploit two of the postwar film business' big-screen fads, 70 mm and Dimension 150.”

“In fact, the theater opened in November of 1969.”


Okay…I looked this up recently in The Seattle Times. The real deal is: the theater opened on October 3, 1969. The debut attractions were “Easy Rider” (on the “150” screen) and “3 Into 2 Won’t Go” on the “70” screen).

ColinMarcoe
ColinMarcoe on September 20, 2005 at 4:00 pm

Also, long ago I e-mailed Clark Humphrey about that column in The Stranger from 2002. There are several errors in it: First, as mentioned by Michael Coate, Dimension-150 did not exist in 1962. In fact, the theater opened in November of 1969. The first ‘Star Wars’ never ran 24 hours a day! I attended the film MANY times in ‘77/'78 and the showtimes were 1:45pm, 4:30, 7:15 and 10:00pm only. He may be thinking of 'Empire Strikes Back’ or ‘Jedi’ perhaps. And finally, UA did not lease the theatre to a local operator until after the summer of 1990. ‘Die Hard 2’ (in 70mm) was actually the last first-run film to play there. “Demolition Man” was the name of the wrecking company that tore the theatre down. A little advertising for themeselves?

ColinMarcoe
ColinMarcoe on September 15, 2005 at 12:46 pm

After 3 years, the “entire” theatre is now gone including the marquee signs! There is nothing on the property. I had mixed feelings about the marquee sign not being demolished. A cruel reminder of what used to be there.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 11, 2005 at 3:54 pm

Katie, I have some bad news about those signs. They are gone as of today. I am staying right around the corner from this site, and this morning they took down the marquees, leaving just the “United Artists” sign atop. As I looked into my bag to grab my camera to take a picture of that sign, and the construction worker next to it BANG it was gone, falling 50 feet to the ground. Jesus! Just like that. And I missed it. It stood there for years yet in the 30 seconds I wanted to capture it….

kateymac01
kateymac01 on September 9, 2005 at 7:07 pm

The theater was torn down in 2002, and those dated, old signs still stand on the corner. There’s nothing there. Just a big empty parking lot. I swear, those signs are there to taunt theater lovers.

Coate
Coate on August 27, 2005 at 2:42 am

Dimension-150 did not exist in 1962.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 27, 2005 at 12:56 am

I was here only once, on August 21, 1992, to see Brian De Palma’s Raising Cain. Here is an “obituary” by Clark Humphrey that appeared in a column in the paper The Stranger in 2002:

“The United Artists Cinemas 70/150 at Sixth and Blanchard was finally demolished on November 15, four years after the United Artists (UA) chain abandoned its only Seattle branch. The twin-cinema (Seattle’s first) was built in 1962 to exploit two of the postwar film business' big-screen fads, 70 mm and Dimension 150. The 70/150 had its most famous moment as the local first-run home for the original Star Wars in 1977 (at the height of the film’s popularity, the movie ran there 24 hours a day). In the mid-‘80s, the UA chain leased the house to local operators, who briefly renamed it the Seattle Cinedome (no relation to the national Iwerks CineDome chain). UA retook operation of the 70/150 in 1992, operating it for six years as a discount house with midnight cult-film screenings. For its final demise, workers put up one final title on its long-empty marquee: DEMOLITION MAN.”

Coate
Coate on June 21, 2005 at 3:17 am

The UA Cinema 150 was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” The UA Cinema 150’s 5/25/77 opening-day gross, as reported in Daily Variety, was a house record $8,300.