Ridgemont Theatre

7720 Greenwood Ave.,
Seattle, WA

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paulnelson
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.

neeb
neeb on January 10, 2012 at 4:54 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?

droben
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.

Davidfox
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.

William
William on November 18, 2003 at 3:24 pm

The Ridgemont Theatre seated 456 people.