Grand Illusion Cinema

1403 NE 50th Street,
Seattle, WA 98105

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Grand Illusion Cinema

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Tucked up behind a bookstore in the University District, the Grand Illusion shows a variety of films — foreign, classic, independent, etc. It opened in 1970. It seats about 70 patrons. It was a tiny screening room in the 1930s.

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 10, 2005 at 8:35 am

David Kleiler used to run a regular series called “The Rear Window” in various rented spaces around Boston.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 26, 2005 at 12:45 am

And, in fact, there was indeed a “Ben-Hur Drive-In” in Indiana…also a “New Merry Widow Theatre” in St. Louis, possibly named after the operetta rather than the Ernst Lubitsch/Jeanette MacDonald film.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 8, 2006 at 10:02 am

This is the Grand Illusion Cinema marquee.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 8, 2006 at 1:14 pm

I’m sure the late Mr. Powell and Ms. Loy would appreciate their films running alongside of a classic like Pootie Tang.

Davidfox
Davidfox on February 14, 2007 at 12:43 pm

For many years the auditorium space was occupied by a dentist’s office. The Grand Illusion was originally The Movie House, the first cinema in what became Randy Finley’s Seven Gables circuit, now part of Landmark Theaters. The current name came from Paul Doyle, who ran the cinema for 20 years before selling to a non-profit. He now owns the Columbia City Cinema in Seattle’s Rainier Valley.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 10, 2008 at 9:04 am

Here is a website for the Grand Illusion Cinema.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

According to this article, the theater is not doing well financially: View link

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Well it is a Grand Illusion.

Grand Illusion Cinema
Grand Illusion Cinema on February 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm

We’re doing fine now, thanks!

neeb
neeb on March 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7275

A bit of history as to how everything got started.

Wonder if they’ll play Inadmissible Evidence when they hit 50 years?

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