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Seattle Cinerama (Official)
Architects: Raymond H. Peck
Previous Names: Martin Cinerama
News About This Theater
- Mar 31, 2013 — "2001: A Space Odyssey" 45th Anniversary – The Cinerama Engagements
- Apr 14, 2012 — Seattle Cinerama to present a classic Science Fiction Film Festival April 19-May 2
- Aug 27, 2011 — Cinerama Film Festival announced
- Jan 8, 2010 — Remembering Cinerama (Part 46: Seattle)
- Oct 10, 2008 — Remembering Cinerama (Part VI)
- Mar 5, 2008 — Airline Magazine by Ross Melnick features Historic Movie Theaters
- Jul 6, 2007 — Not to be missed theaters
Seattle’s Martin Cinerama opened in 1963 using the original Cinerama 3-strip projection technique. But with a shift underway towards 70mm projection, the theatre was altered just a few months later, although the enormous curved screen was kept. It had a capacity of 808 seats.
The 70mm Cinerama screenings lasted until 1969, when the theatre switched to more conventional 35mm projectors. Eventually Cineplex Odeon took over operations. By 1997, the theatre was struggling and developers swooped in with plans to repurpose the theatre.
Very quickly, Seattle Cinerama lovers began a grassroots effort to save the theatre. A year later, Paul Allen (of Microsoft fame), bought the theatre for $3 million. Soon after, he orchestrated an immense restoration project that enhanced the theatre’s appearance and returned it to its rootsshowing films in the Cinerama format.
Re-opened in 1999, the Seattle Cinerama Theater is now one of only three operating Cinerama theatres in the world. This beautifully restored shrine to Cinerama is now one of the most technologically advanced movie theatres ever erected. In the Fall of 2014 it was closed for remodelling, reopening in November 2014 with a reduced seating capacity of 570.
After philanthropist Paul Allen’s death in 2018, in early-February 2020, it was closed for ‘refurbishment’ but in May 2020 it was announced that it would be closed for the “foreseeable future” and may not reopen, so the future of one of the world’s greatest single screen showcases is again uncertain.
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