AMC Loews Factoria Cinemas

3505 Factoria Boulevard SE,
Bellevue, WA 98006

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The Factoria Cinemas were built on the site of the Sunset Drive-In.

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rivest266
rivest266 on January 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm

This opened on August 22nd, 1980 with three cinemas and expanded to five cinemas on December 16th, 1982. Grand opening ads posted in the photo section.

tsilver729
tsilver729 on June 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm

you all are spot on. This location opened aug. 22 1980 with 3 screens (currently 3-5) then in dec 1982 2 more screens were added (currently 1-2) and not too long after the final 3 screens were added. It replaced Sunset drive-in (which opened in 1954). AMC bought Lowes who bought Cineplex Odeon who bought it from SRO. There’s quite a bit of history in this little 8 screen building.

markinthedark
markinthedark on July 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

Since AMC has not converted this cinema to digital, something tells me it is not long for this world.

markinthedark
markinthedark on January 5, 2014 at 1:03 am

Just took my daughter to see Frozen here in glorious 35mm. Excellent presentation on screen #5 (part of the original triplex). Note: they have Anchorman 2 but not Wolf of Wall St. or the new Paranormal film thus confirming Paramount has stopped 35mm releases. I really hope AMC does something to keep this place open. Not only for the theatre geek history but that it has plenty of parking & less crowds making it a great alternative to going through the pain of taking your kids to a movie in downtown Seattle and Bellevue.

SR188
SR188 on January 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Agreed Mark. The issue is that the lease is up for renewal and AMC needs at least a 7 year lease in order to make up the cost of going digital.In the past they haven’t gotten more than a 2 year lease at a time. Also you are right about Paramount, in addition they are stopping making trailers in 35mm so in the future there may be no or very little trailers in front of the films.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on January 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Most studios will soon follow suit. I know at my local amc in rockaway with digital prints they can show more trailers than on film. This is why like 10 years from now digital will overtake 35mm film as the go to for presenting movies. That’s when the cost of upgrading screens to digital will go down.

markinthedark
markinthedark on March 26, 2014 at 7:42 am

Anyone know when AMC’s lease is up?

SR188
SR188 on March 26, 2014 at 10:28 am

Markinthedark, the lease ended in December. They couldn’t agree on a long term lease so for right now they are going month to month.

markinthedark
markinthedark on June 24, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I noticed the Factoria has showtimes on June 27th for the next Transformers movie. Did Paramount change their “no more 35mm” policy or did AMC install some digital projectors?

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on June 24, 2014 at 6:55 pm

I know of one theater that was offered it. So it seems that film is still available, but at a price.

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