AMC Loews Factoria Cinemas

3505 Factoria Boulevard SE,
Bellevue, WA 98006

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amcbayplaza13 on January 25, 2016 at 4:32 pm

AMC modernized this movie theater so nicely no wonder the place looks like AMC ized

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on December 19, 2015 at 11:21 am

Unmasked screens are the new thing at AMC when they renovate (at least for fixed-width screens). It’s an entirely unwelcome development, but at least they aren’t decommissioning the masking at existing/non-redone venues like Regal is. (Who decided this was a good idea, I have no idea.)

markinthedark on December 19, 2015 at 7:31 am

Saw Star Wars last night at the renovated Factoria Cinemas. Fully AMC-ized now. Nothing SRO left. Box office has been moved inside which its good. Lobby makes more efficient use of the space and is very AMC-clean in design. My showing was in #2 (the 2nd largest auditorium). House lights were on so I got some good photos. Auditoriums were gutted and the recliners were put in on a stepped slope (at least in 1 and 2). 1 and 2 retained 2 aisle/3 section layout. Peeked in #5 and it is now 2 aisles on the sides and one central seating section. #3 should mirror that. #4 retained its layout. Just with less seats. The entries to 3, 4 and 5 have been reconfigured.

Now to the screens: although hard to tell with screen #1 with my peek in, but it appears all screens are now common width and no masking! All the films playing in 2, 4 & 5 were scope and letterboxed within the screen. The screen in 2 also had rounded corners with the screen wrapped snug around the piping. Slight curve to it as well. These screens used to have moveable side masking (though the smaller 4, 6 & 7 had side masking but with the top masking movable to make flat a little larger). Flat will certainly be much larger now as the screens appear taller than they used to be.

The hall to 6, 7, & 8 was closed off and still under construction. Still a lot of work to be done on the exterior. The place was supposed to be open earlier than this but they must have fallen behind. There was evidence of hastiness in getting to this soft open: staples showing in wall curtains, molding not yet in place, construction boot prints in the restroom. Certainly wanted to cash in on Star Wars. Although I am opposed to unmasked screens I will still bring my kids here. Easy access off the freeway and lots of free parking. I am saddened by no trace of SRO being left but still glad the Factoria lives on. SRO-feel can still be experience at the SIFF Uptown and AMC Oak Tree in Seattle.

Side note: Are unmasked screens the new thing at AMC? The newer stadium AMC theaters I have been to all had proper masking (although the dreaded common width top-down variety) aside from LieMAX.

moviebuff82 on December 18, 2015 at 11:52 am

just in time for star wars

markinthedark on December 18, 2015 at 9:25 am

4 screens appear to be reopening this weekend with recliners.

markinthedark on September 3, 2015 at 5:09 am

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 3, 2015 at 4:55 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 2, 2015 at 9:56 am

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

markp on September 2, 2015 at 6:20 am

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 2, 2015 at 4:36 am

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

markinthedark on September 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

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 11, 2014 at 8:21 am

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 2, 2014 at 11:07 am

Anyone know if AMC is gonna renovate this theater

markinthedark on November 30, 2014 at 12:18 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 4, 2014 at 10:17 am

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 25, 2014 at 11:55 am

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

markinthedark on June 25, 2014 at 6:22 am

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 27, 2014 at 4:28 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 27, 2014 at 1:42 am

Anyone know when AMC’s lease is up?

moviebuff82 on January 6, 2014 at 11:33 am

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 6, 2014 at 10:26 am

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 8:03 pm

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 27, 2012 at 4:36 am

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

tsilver729 on June 18, 2012 at 12:09 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 22, 2012 at 8:51 am

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.