UA 150

2131 Sixth Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98121

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UA Cinema 150 (A D-150 House) Artists concept

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This theater, which opened in 1969, was originally outfitted with the Dimension 150 process. It was well known locally as the main theater that showed "Star Wars" for a year in 1977/78. The interior of the main auditorium was a large wooden framed roof with an equally massive screen.

In the mid-1990’s it was a second run house that had revival screenings on weekend midnights. UA let the theater get very run down and ultimately closed the doors in 1998.

The theater was demolished in 2002 and the only thing remaning is the marquee. “It’s a shame Paul Allen couldn’t have also saved this theater and restored it to it’s glory. Ironically it was just a few blocks from the restored Cinerama.”

Contributed by Shannon Laine

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ColinMarcoe
ColinMarcoe on January 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Interesting! thanks, neeb. I’m tired of seeing that sad empty lot with a lump in my throat over 8 years now! I wish they would hurry up and build something already! That was, after all the original plan for tearing the theater down!

emmyathome
emmyathome on June 3, 2011 at 3:03 am

I have to add my comments even if no one reads this. My first job was at the UA. The movie playing at the time was “Quest for Fire”, gotta love Ron Pearlman. I worked the 24 hour showing of ‘Jedi’. “ET” played on the 70 side, until we got the 70mm print. Mr. Shonk (spelling?) was the manager at the time. Oh and the liquer store next door. Removing those persons using the emergency back doors as urinals and or sleeping quarters. Met my husband there, he was a doorman, I worked the counter. Wish I could have gotten even one of the seats or some momento.

EricWaldow
EricWaldow on April 30, 2012 at 3:34 am

I grew up in Tacoma. Mom used to take my brother and I to the Pacific Science Center or the Woodland Park Zoo. We were riding the monorail one time and saw the marquee sign that said “2001” was playing. We begged her to take us. I was bored to tears; was expecting spaceships and got monkeys. (Saw the list of movies in a previous comment; this must have been ‘74.) But I never forgot it.

Twenty-odd years later, I was living in Seattle. By then I’d seen the movie on TV (uncut, no commercials, at least once) and come to appreciate it. Even read the book. I saw it was playing someplace downtown, and I hadn’t seen it on a big screen since that first time, so I went. I was amazed that it turned out to be the same theater. I sat in the same part of the theater, maybe the same seat. I noticed things about the movie I’d never seen before. Combined with the feeling of personal nostalgia, it was one of the best movie experiences of my life.

paulnelson
paulnelson on May 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm

The 150 had a huge, curved and wide screen and large domed auditorium. Saw Blade Runner there and it was wow! Great sound too. A class act and historic for a modern theatre. Should have been saved.

kurtisaurus
kurtisaurus on May 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Nice to find a site talking about the UA 150 as well as many other treasured cinemas of the past. This particular theater is forever locked into my memory by my first viewing of Star Wars. I think I saw Alien there too back in 79. I remember seeing Die Hard many a time over a summer when it was running at the discount rate. I was so saddened when it was knocked down during the dot com boom only to go unused after the crash. Finally now it’s being built into something at least but I’ll always miss it.

paulnelson
paulnelson on June 30, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I saw 2001 at the Cinerama in Seattle in Cinerama in it’s original run. Great of course. I may have played the UA 150 too at some point later. Blade Runner played the Cinerama orginally too I think but it also played the 150 later on. Years later as I saw it there too. I also saw it years later at the Cinerama with a spacial lense that looked like Cinerama process. Wow. In the 80’s. Nice the Cinerama is still alive. UA 150 should be too. Downtown losing its soul.

paulnelson
paulnelson on June 30, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I saw 2001 at the Cinerama in Seattle in Cinerama in it’s original run. Great of course. I may have played the UA 150 too at some point later. Blade Runner played the Cinerama orginally too I think but it also played the 150 later on. Years later as I saw it there too. I also saw it years later at the Cinerama with a spacial lense that looked like Cinerama process. Wow. In the 80’s. Nice the Cinerama is still alive. UA 150 should be too. Downtown losing its soul.

tdickensheets
tdickensheets on October 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I saw Star Wars back in 1977 at this move.

almajose
almajose on June 15, 2014 at 11:52 pm

I (like emmyathome) also worked at this great theater in heydey of the early 80’s. I remember Mr Shonk and Nick(asst mgr). Memories of this theater come to mind while I’m watching “Sounder” on TCM, saw this movie w/my 6th grade class at the UA 150, I remember the cozy side balcony seats!

paulnelson
paulnelson on June 16, 2014 at 12:37 am

I remember the dramatic striped waterfall curtain covering the huge ultra widescreen. It was alternating pale tan and crimson and went up in a vertical manner. What a dramatic theatre. It made even bad movies likable or somewhat likable. Nothing like it anymore.

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