Ridgemont Theatre

7720 Greenwood Avenue N,
Seattle, WA 98103

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Ridgemont Theatre

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Opened in 1924 as the Bathhouse Playhouse, it later became the Ridgemont Theatre and was one of the first art houses in Seattle.

After closing in 1989, it was demolished in October 2001.

Contributed by William Gabel

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William on November 18, 2003 at 3:24 pm

The Ridgemont Theatre seated 456 people.

Davidfox on February 14, 2007 at 12:21 pm

Bruen, the name on the 1930 photo, also ran the 45th Street in Wallingford.

The Ridgemont property is now an apartment/retail complex, but it retains the theater name. I saw my first subtitled movie at the Ridgemont in 1957 (and also my first nude female — Brigitte Bardot!)
It kicked off the era of arthouses in Seattle, although the Varsity and the Uptown showed occasional imports but mostly from Britain. It had a stepped floor with narrow rows so leg room was terrible and there was no way to improve it without redoing the whole floor. It had a small screen that did not handle scope movies very well.

droben on June 6, 2009 at 5:26 pm

From 1978 through its closure in 1989, the Ridgemont was operated by a local art-house chain, Seven Gables Theaters. Seven Gables was later purchased by Landmark Theaters. Prior to 1978, the Ridgemont operated as a porn theater.

neeb on January 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm


Is 63 weeks really the length-of-run record for a Seattle theatre?

paulnelson on May 31, 2013 at 9:49 pm

A loss to Seattle was the destruction of this attractive old theatre in a great area. Could have lived on for years as a stage venue. Just add a stage and take off the bad front fake walls. An eyesore for years.

pnelson on October 17, 2016 at 7:43 pm

The Ridgemont had a small rather boxed in screen and a simple decor but it was historic in many ways. In the 20’s it was originally a first and second run general film format and in the 50’s and 60’s became an art house. Some of the more important foreign films of all time played there. Then there was I AM CURIOUS YELLOW. And then BLUE. All controversy. This place could have been made a classy stage theatre or if brought up to date a successful first run theatre. Great area for that .

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