Seattle Cinerama

2100 4th Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98121

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 19, 2015 at 12:12 am

The J. Evan Miller collection of Cinerama Theater Plans lists six Martin Cinerama houses, including the one in Seattle, as having been designed by the architectural firm of Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild, & Paschal. It’s likely that Raymond H.Pack was only the local supervising architect for the project, FABRAP being located in Atlanta.

egcarter on December 10, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I attended the Cinerama on the grand re-opening night. It’s a Total Stunner. And they have been selling out most of their performances since. The image with their laser projector looked like a 70mm print! Sound is phenomenal. Seats are wonderful… and such legroom! From someone who attended the Press Day demos (Brightest, sharpest, best 3D he’s ever seen… and he does that stuff for a living) Just go.

Giles on November 25, 2014 at 5:12 am

so have any of you Seattle folk been to see the new Hunger Games movie? how does the new laser image look? how does the Dolby Atmos setup sound? How are the speakers configured since there is balcony seating? I’m thinking of trekking out to see the last Hobbit movie here.

Redwards1 on November 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

The Cinerama will never play to capacity as long as it positions itself in the same category as multiplexes & generic theatres. It is a unique theatre & should program itself accordingly. Why not sell mini-seasons of reserved seats to Cinerama & Todd-AO shown as only Seattle Cinerama can show them? Direct mail marketing to develop an in-house mailing/email list & other techniques used by reserved seat venues do not appear to have been used.

markinthedark on November 5, 2014 at 5:27 pm

The Cinerama plays day and date with AMC and Regal multiplexes less than a mile away and also the 21+ Big Picture screening room a few blocks away. The next Hunger Games will play one at one of the multiplexes on several screens and likely and the Big Picture as well. So the seat reduction is not too big a deal. I have rarely seen it sell out. The added legroom will probably increase ticket sales even with a reduced seat count (as it has for AMC). Adding beer and wine will also certainly add revenue and ticket sales as well.

I only wish it had opened in time to play Interstellar in 5/70. Hopefully they will get a print for one of their 70mm festivals (if they kept the equipment!!!)

Redwards1 on November 5, 2014 at 3:23 am

If correct, going from 808 seats to 570 is an incredible loss of capacity. The cost of admission will surely be increased as a result. Although seats at the rear of the main floor and balcony diminished the effect of the large deeply curved screen, there are worse seats by far in other Seattle theatres, including reserved seat houses.

Giles on November 5, 2014 at 3:09 am

that’s a lot of seats to lose.

egcarter on November 4, 2014 at 11:42 pm

laser projector is installed and calibrated, Meyer Sound speakers are being installed for the Dolby Atmos system. New seating has reduced capacity from 808 to 570; all seats are now reserved. Opening is November 20th with THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART I

rick074 on September 26, 2014 at 8:03 am

rumor has it that the loudspeakers installed at the last remodel (EAW) will be replaced with Meyer Sound Labs. Both are good, but Meyer is the next step.

HowardBHaas on September 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Facebook page says closed August 3. Reopening date not announced. Fall sometime.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm

From the theater website I would guess the theater is closed? When did it close and when will it open?

egcarter on August 25, 2014 at 9:27 pm

They are getting their 6P Laser Projection, Dolby 3D, Dolby Atmos, and other “enhancements.”

Redwards1 on August 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Does anyone remember the sound at the Seattle Cinerama before Dolby was installed? It was more realistic & less “pumped up”. This was the only Dolby installation I have heard that was NOT an improvement. From reports since the rescue of the theatre that misfire installation no longer exists.

markinthedark on August 7, 2014 at 10:19 pm

I hope they don’t attempt to LieMax the place.

neeb on August 4, 2014 at 11:54 am

Closing for a few months starting August 4, 2014.

Also, seeking a liquor license.

Redwards1 on July 11, 2014 at 12:46 am

The 70mm single projector presentations of films originally in 3 projector Cinerama at the Cinerama Festival at the Cinerama Dome in LA had little of the impact of the originals, with the exception of South Seas Adventure which was restored by an outfit in Austin, Texas. The sound on all the 70mm presentations was nothing like the original 7 channel Cinerama sound.

edlambert on May 4, 2014 at 2:00 am

Recently Dave Strohmaier exhibited snippets of the Smilebox restoration of “Cinerama Holiday” on the full Cinerama screen at Bradford, UK. It is an improvement to see the film without the jiggling that couldn’t be helped when three filmstrips were being run in the three projectors required for the original Cinerama process and presentation. I neglected to ask Dave whether the original seven-track sound system was preserved or that a downsizing to fewer tracks was employed. You can see the presentation here:

paulnelson on April 6, 2014 at 6:08 am

I saw Blade Runner here once in an expanded Cinerama size presentation years ago. Special lense? Don’t know but it appeared to be just as expansive and large as the Cinerama process. Great! Also Days of Heaven.

MrRsoc on September 5, 2013 at 4:46 am

To Ken’s comment…I wonder if there is a technology that can take the digital elements of the blu-ray (BD) restoration of How the West Was Won and create a utility to stitch the seams together as beautifully as is done for the BD. The BD is quite amazing in SmileBox on a “large” projected HT screen. The seams are all but invisible. If the 2K files made of each strip for the BD were used to create a 6K Cinerama screen at DCI specs, projected with laser projectors, that could be quite an impressive “restoration” for the big screen events. Ahem..Mr. Allen…we have an idea. ;–)

I’m all for purist screenings of the three 35mm strips, but a big screen “digital” Cinerama could be pretty cool.

KenLayton on August 27, 2013 at 3:23 am

I’d want to see films in their original Cinerama projection process on film not digital video projection.

HowardBHaas on August 27, 2013 at 1:36 am

I sure hope this extremely rare surviving Cinerama house continues to show 2001 (and other classic 70mm films) and How the West Was Won. Paul Allen paid for new prints of those films. I myself have no interest in those other films you mention.

egcarter on August 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

The Seattle Cinerama will get the first permanent commercial installation of Christie’s new 4K laser digital projector in Feb. or March of 2014, replacing their current 4K Christie system. The new projector is capable of up to 60,000 lumens, and will handle both 2D and 3D presentations.

HowardBHaas on August 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Oops. Their post was all to be on curved Cinerama screen. I’m interjecting the original way 2001 & Patton were meant to be seen. More on those 2 films- Wikipedia says theater savior Paul Allen paid for a new 2001 print last year. I saw a fantastic print several weeks ago of Patton, at AFI Silver Theatre.

HowardBHaas on August 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

No, though your guess is logical, they posted as a reply comment on their most recent Facebook post that the curved Cinerama screen will be used the entire time, for 70mm films as well as Cinerama and at least 2 of the films- 2001 and Patton were meant for a curved screen. I’m sure most people are happier with this choice. The Cinerama films may be clustered together because they need a projectionist for each of the 3 projector booths needed for Cinerama but that’s just my guess.

droben on August 20, 2013 at 5:12 am

I think they will be using the deep-curve screen only for the three strip Cinerama films since those screenings are all scheduled on the final weekend. Just a hunch…