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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
Entrance to # 7 on left and # 8 straight ahead.
Hallway to 7 & 8
Auditorium #3 reverse
Door to #4
Auditorium 8 reverse from the 1985 expansion.
Looking up the hallway in the 1985 expansion. Auditorium #6 is on right just past the pictures. 5, 4, 3 are further down in the original 1980 building.