AMC Loews Factoria Cinemas

3505 Factoria Boulevard SE,
Bellevue, WA 98006

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markinthedark on September 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Sorry I am not TSilver729 but I know the answer – there was no twinning involved. Each addition was an addition to the original building. At first glance on the exterior and interior you would never know. But when you go into each auditorium you get 3 distinct styles depending on what wing you are in. I am hoping that when AMC installs the new seats they preserve the curtains on the walls of the auditoriums. Probably depends on how much investment they want to commit to the theater.

rvrinsea on September 2, 2015 at 11:55 am


you seem to know this theater very well. Clarification, you talk about the theater going from three screens, to five screens, to eight screens. Were the final three screens an addition to the building, or did they simply twin the original three screens?

pnelson on September 1, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Always was a nice place. Keep it open for the next few years. Too many ugly huge office buildings in Bellevue.

markp on September 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm

I Worked on a reno of an old Loews last summer. Sorry to say it will be AMC looking thru out. We put in new screens, new drapes, new carpet, new concession. You wont recognize it.

markinthedark on September 1, 2015 at 11:36 am

Sign outside says recliners coming. Work crew was pulling out old seats. Reopening in November.

markinthedark on August 31, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Temporarily Closed. On the AMC Website: This theatre is temporarily closed while we make changes that you’re going to love. Please check back later for updates.

The digital projection went in last Christmas so perhaps this is a seating upgrade. What will make me sad is if they fully AMC-ize it. It still has 3 generations of SRO interior, though with Cineplex Odeon carpet.

markinthedark on December 10, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Seems like some work is happening there next week. Not sure if this is digital conversion or new seats or both. On the schedule for Monday-Thursday 2 to 3 screens per day seem to be shut down. On the website Interstellar goes from being “Interstellar on 35MM film” to just plain “Interstellar” on Tuesday. Hobbit opens Wednesday on 2 screens with a total of 6 screens operating that day.

amcbayplaza13 on December 1, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Anyone know if AMC is gonna renovate this theater

markinthedark on November 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Went there with my youngest today to catch Penguins of Madagascar and the friendly employee told me that they had reached an agreement with the property owner and will be upgrading soon with “new seats and digital projection”. Digital conversion starts in the next couple weeks. Did not get any clarification if the new seats would be the recliners.

I am happy the Factoria will have new life but sad about the loss of 35mm and that the theater will lose some SRO-ness.

If AMC is investing in upgrading the theater I wonder if they will finally take down the confusing Cineplex Odeon signage outside. Aside from the box-office there is nothing that says AMC on the exterior of the theater. Last time I went a confused patron walked up to the box office and asked where the AMC Loews theater was located, not knowing he had already found it.

R Norenberg
R Norenberg on September 3, 2014 at 5:17 pm

I would also like to note that AMC is leasing the building from SRO. SRO would like to redevelop the property this is a quote from the SRO website “The building is currently an eight screen theater. Zoning allows SRO to construct a six story 135,000 sq. ft. office building. A full building user has the opportunity to participate in the design process.” So I would be willing to bet that is why they will only do 2 year lease. see this link

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.

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?

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 on March 26, 2014 at 7:42 am

Anyone know when AMC’s lease is up?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

markinthedark on January 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

I always assumed it started life as a 5-plex, but a recent posting on Cinematour lists “Raiders of the Lost Ark” opening at the Factoria 3. My best guess is the 3 northeast auditoriums came first, making the original place similar, if not identical, to the Totem Lake Cinemas and the Sehome Cinemas. Then the 2 larger auditoriums (one 70mm capable) were added to the west. Judging by the interior and comparable SRO builds they were pre-1983. The 3 southeast auditoriums were added in 1985 I believe. Their interior is post-1983 SRO. For anyone who was a fan of SRO Theatres (arguably the best chain in the Northwest in the late ‘70s and early '80s) this is a well preserved example of 2, if not 3 styles of their theatres. Unfortunately Cineplex Odeon took over the SRO chain in 1986. I don’t think this place will be around much longer. AMC has not converted it to digital, which it has done to everything else in the area, including (surprisingly) the Oak Tree 6 in Seattle (SRO’s last build in 1986).

SR188 on December 27, 2010 at 12:28 am

This theater opened in 1980 it replaced a drive-in that was in the same location (you can still see the original drive in sign behind office buildings near by)

John Fink
John Fink on July 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Cinematour mentions SRO Theaters (which Cineplex Odeon bought out in the Pacific Northwest)

TLSLOEWS on July 5, 2010 at 11:05 am

From the map it looks like its in a good location,right off the interstate.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 4, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Bob,you do a great job.Happy 4th.