10 Northgate Plaza,
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A very unique theatre in the Northgate Mall, originally called Northgate Center, which was located in what was at the time, although not now, was the rural north end of Seattle. Opened in 1950, the Northgate Center was one of the first, a place to go for everything in the burbs, including a grocery store. It was the first enclosed mall in the US. It was the first mall with public restrooms, and even had a four-story medical/dental building which joined the mall.
The Northgate Theatre opened on September 28, 1951 with Jeanne Crain in “Take Care of My Little Girl” and Sally Forrest in “Hard, Fast and Beautiful”. Seating was provide on a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear. The Northgate Theatre boasted Seattle’s largest staff of ushers and the country’s largest crying room. The interior was decorated by interior designer Anthony B. Heinsbergen in a Northwest Indian motif, and the theatre was the anchor of the Northgate Shopping Center which had 80 retail units.
The theatre was sold to Cineplex Odeon in 1987 and began its decline during the 1990’s under Loews Cineplex. By the end, broken seats, falling panelling, and ripped up carpet greeted what few patrons came out to support the old place.
Seattle’s Northgate Theatre, which is often regarded by some historians as the first shopping center movie house, went dark in 2002.
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