Ridgemont Theatre

7720 Greenwood Ave.,
Seattle, WA

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Ridgemont Theatre

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The Ridgemont opened in 1924 as the Bathhouse Playhouse 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
William on November 18, 2003 at 6:24 pm

The Ridgemont Theatre seated 456 people.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 6, 2005 at 7:09 pm

Small photo and brief article are here.

Davidfox
Davidfox on February 14, 2007 at 3:21 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 14, 2007 at 9:24 pm

A Kimball theater organ KPO 6842 size 2/6 was installed in the Ridgemont Theater in 1923.

droben
droben on June 6, 2009 at 8:26 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
neeb on January 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120109/LETTERS/120109979

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

paulnelson
paulnelson on June 1, 2013 at 12:49 am

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.

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