Grand Illusion Cinema

1403 NE 50th Street,
Seattle, WA 98105

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David_Schneider on November 27, 2017 at 9:03 am

Wow, nice article from the front page of the November 26th, 2017 Seattle Times about several of Seattle’s historic movie houses starting with the Grand Illusion, including why we go to the movies!:

neeb on March 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm

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

We’re doing fine now, thanks!

TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Well it is a Grand Illusion.

CSWalczak on July 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on May 10, 2005 at 8:15 am

Other cinemas I thought of that were named after movies are Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) in Stockholm, named after the Ingmar Bergman movie, and Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, named after the Italian movie or else the theatre portrayed in it.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on May 9, 2005 at 6:31 pm

Here’s an excellent article with photos on the cinema, published in The Seattle Times.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on May 9, 2005 at 6:16 pm

Nice to read about a cinema named after a great movie classic, in this case Jean Renoir’s 1937 masterpiece. There is a cinema in Paris called Accattone in honor of the Pasolini film. Is there a “Citizen Kane Cinema” somewhere, a “Psycho Theatre” or a “Ben Hur Multiplex”? I think it’s a wonderful idea. Anyone know of others?