Seattle Cinerama

2100 4th Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98121

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Zubi on August 18, 2016 at 8:14 pm

Yes, Howard, I did see the SB item as well on the 70 site. Someone on FB even suggested they overnight the print from Sommerville to Seattle but that would be too much trouble and expense, I suppose. Besides, who knows if anyone important from the theatre really even reads those comments. Someone from the theatre may WRITE those comments! Many read like they’re written by shills (theatre staffers pretending to be patrons). I especially like those people pleading and begging for titles that have already been announced! Anyway, yes, prints are a challenge nowadays. But not having “Ben-Hur” is terrible. Terrible. “Hateful Eight” – “Inherent Vice” —– yipeeeee. Even the masterpiece “2001” – gorgeous and spellbinding to be sure, but how many times can one sit through that inside of five years? I mean come on!!!! Sorry, the whole feel of the schedule is lazy and uninspired.

HowardBHaas on August 18, 2016 at 6:14 pm

Of the titles you mentioned, the last surviving 70mm print of Sleeping Beauty will be shown next month at the 70mm festival at Sommerville Theater outside of Boston. I’ve only read of Australia showing 70mm Ben Hur in recent years. El Cid had been reissued- in 35mm. This theater is showing some great titles including some not shown in the last festival. I’d love to see Apocalpse Now in 70mm! (which is included).

Zubi on August 18, 2016 at 5:48 pm

This place is great—a real asset for the West Coast. Chocolate popcorn. Remodels and upgrades. Festivals. But management and bookers are really not very responsive to their patrons ( doesn’t even have a message box anymore). They just posted their 70mm Festival schedule and it’s really a letdown. They were given so many wonderful suggestions on their FB page and, for the most part, didn’t take a one of ‘em. Where are the Samuel Bronston epics “El Cid” and “King of Kings”? The '59 “Ben-Hur”? “Logan’s Run” (multiple people requested that one). The Disney filmed-in-70s like “Black Cauldron” and “Sleeping Beauty”. Maybe a musical or two other than “Sound of Music”? There are some good titles, of course, but A LOT is rehashed from recent showings. And “Inherent Vice” is just plain BAD. They chopped two whole days off of their original schedule as well. Big time over-promised and under-delivered. Prints are out there too – you see them scheduled on all the time. Very disappointing.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 18, 2015 at 4:12 pm

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 1:13 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 24, 2014 at 9:12 pm

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 10:04 am

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 9:27 am

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 4, 2014 at 7:23 pm

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 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm

that’s a lot of seats to lose.

egcarter on November 4, 2014 at 3:42 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 12:03 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 8:34 am

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 6:25 am

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 1:27 pm

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

Redwards1 on August 8, 2014 at 10:46 am

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 2:19 pm

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

neeb on August 4, 2014 at 3:54 am

Closing for a few months starting August 4, 2014.

Also, seeking a liquor license.

Redwards1 on July 10, 2014 at 4:46 pm

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 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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 5, 2014 at 10:08 pm

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 4, 2013 at 8:46 pm

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 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm

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

HowardBHaas on August 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm

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 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

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.