Ark Lodge Cinemas
4816 Rainier Avenue South,
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Located in renovated Masonic Lodge dating from 1921, the Regency Revival style has Ionic columns on the facade of the building. Theater is located in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle, and is a neighborhood gathering place. Many of the showings are first run, with some opening in this theater on the same night as the big chains. Children and family oriented films were often shown during daytime and out-of-school time hours. The 204-seat Columbia City Cinema was closed on May 5, 2011.
It was re-opened on December 8, 2012 as the Ark Lodge Cinemas. The new name was given to pay homage to the historic aspect of the building’s former use as a Masonic Lodge, and to differentiate it from the original Columbia City Theater which is now a recording studio and live music entertainment event venue, and was the original movie theater of the historic landmark district of Columbia City in Seattle. The Ark Lodge Cinemas is now owned by the McRea family; husband & wife Robert B. McRea, Elia C. MCrea, and son David A. McRea.
Now equipped with digital projection it screens first run movies. Screen 1 has a seating capacity for 200. It was originally the Alter Room on the second floor of the building, and became the original theatre in the building created by Paul Doyle. Screen 2 has seating for 115, and is located on the main floor of the building and is ADA accessible. Screen 3 has seating for 85, also on the main floor of the building and is ADA accessible.
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