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Saw Star Wars last night at the renovated Factoria Cinemas. Fully AMC-ized now. Nothing SRO left. Box office has been moved inside which its good. Lobby makes more efficient use of the space and is very AMC-clean in design. My showing was in #2 (the 2nd largest auditorium). House lights were on so I got some good photos.
Auditoriums were gutted and the recliners were put in on a stepped slope (at least in 1 and 2). 1 and 2 retained 2 aisle/3 section layout. Peeked in #5 and it is now 2 aisles on the sides and one central seating section. #3 should mirror that. #4 retained its layout. Just with less seats. The entries to 3, 4 and 5 have been reconfigured.
Now to the screens: although hard to tell with screen #1 with my peek in, but it appears all screens are now common width and no masking! All the films playing in 2, 4 & 5 were scope and letterboxed within the screen. The screen in 2 also had rounded corners with the screen wrapped snug around the piping. Slight curve to it as well. These screens used to have moveable side masking (though the smaller 4, 6 & 7 had side masking but with the top masking movable to make flat a little larger). Flat will certainly be much larger now as the screens appear taller than they used to be.
The hall to 6, 7, & 8 was closed off and still under construction. Still a lot of work to be done on the exterior. The place was supposed to be open earlier than this but they must have fallen behind. There was evidence of hastiness in getting to this soft open: staples showing in wall curtains, molding not yet in place, construction boot prints in the restroom. Certainly wanted to cash in on Star Wars. Although I am opposed to unmasked screens I will still bring my kids here. Easy access off the freeway and lots of free parking. I am saddened by no trace of SRO being left but still glad the Factoria lives on. SRO-feel can still be experience at the SIFF Uptown and AMC Oak Tree in Seattle.
Side note: Are unmasked screens the new thing at AMC? The newer stadium AMC theaters I have been to all had proper masking (although the dreaded common width top-down variety) aside from LieMAX.
4 screens appear to be reopening this weekend with recliners.
Some newspaper ads uploaded to photos
Grand Opening newspapers ad uploaded to photos
Sorry I am not TSilver729 but I know the answer – there was no twinning involved. Each addition was an addition to the original building. At first glance on the exterior and interior you would never know. But when you go into each auditorium you get 3 distinct styles depending on what wing you are in. I am hoping that when AMC installs the new seats they preserve the curtains on the walls of the auditoriums. Probably depends on how much investment they want to commit to the theater.
Sign outside says recliners coming. Work crew was pulling out old seats. Reopening in November.
Temporarily Closed. On the AMC Website: This theatre is temporarily closed while we make changes that you’re going to love. Please check back later for updates.
The digital projection went in last Christmas so perhaps this is a seating upgrade. What will make me sad is if they fully AMC-ize it. It still has 3 generations of SRO interior, though with Cineplex Odeon carpet.
In 1982 2 more screens were added in another part of the shopping center.
Just uploaded some old newspaper ads
Went to see Jurassic World with the new projection and the image was terrific and the sound was great as well. Was also nice to see that the screen masking was properly placed for the new 2:1 aspect ratio J.W. used. I am curious to see how the remodeling will be continued. This is a great first step.
Now with lasers!
Kurt – Nice site. Any plans on adding a little history of the demolished twins or the 6-plex?
So was Furious 7 not masked properly then? If they have the ability to mask for the festival why not IMAX shows?
Can anyone report on the screen size? Is it wider? Properly masked? Etc?
SIFF will reopen the Harvard Exit in May for 3 weeks as a venue for the film festival. (It has been a regular venue over the years). There has been tremendous backlash in the community about this theater’s closing and how many of Seattle’s neighborhoods are losing their cultural charm with the tremendous growth happening in the city. Full page articles in many publications calling out the new owner/developer. Perhaps there will be a miracle and the place will be given life again. The last thing the Capitol Hill neighborhood needs is more bar/restaurant and office space. This was a perfectly viable theater and a fixture on Seattle’s movie scene for years. Had SIFF not rescued the Egyptian Capitol Hill would have lost all of its theaters. That in a densely populated area where people walk to restaurants etc and cultural events etc.
Off topic – the Arena Cinema: looking at pictures on Yelp it seems to have 1 auditorium. Were the 2 cinemas opened up into 1?
Which version of Blade Runner?
Looks like the Admiral will finally go digital and convert into a 4-plex.
Regency website shows the Hobbit opening Tuesday evening and Bruin has Exodus though Tuesday. Since Hobbit is a Wednesday release it probably means the theaters are still sorting out their schedules and have not gotten the showtimes out there yet.
Seems like some work is happening there next week. Not sure if this is digital conversion or new seats or both. On the schedule for Monday-Thursday 2 to 3 screens per day seem to be shut down. On the website Interstellar goes from being “Interstellar on 35MM film” to just plain “Interstellar” on Tuesday. Hobbit opens Wednesday on 2 screens with a total of 6 screens operating that day.
The building has been sold and Landmark will be pulling out in January. Future a cinema is uncertain. This has been quite the news here in Seattle as the Harvard Exit has been a fixture in Seattle for years.
Landmark will be pulling out of the Varsity in January but the property owners are in talks with “an established operator”. Still 35mm got the early run of Interstellar as a result.
Entrance to #8
Auditorium #7 reverse