Regal Meridian 16

1501 7th Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98101

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Auditorium #1-8 hallway

Situated in downtown Seattle across from the Washington State Convention Center at 7th Avenue and Pike Street. This 16-plex was opened by Cineplex-Odeon in November 1996, and looks more like an office building on the outside than a movie theater. The non traditional open counter box office is located at street level. From there take the nearby escalators to the second level which features eight auditoriums, a large concession stand, bulk candy station and espresso stand. The restrooms are on a mezzanine level over looking the second level.

From the second floor take another escalator to the third floor which also has eight additional auditoriums and a large concession area. The second and third levels are nearly identical. All levels have huge almost unobstructed views of outside and the large archway to the Convention Center. The three floors have high two-story ceilings which are decorated with hanging artwork.

AMC acquired this theatre, along with the rest of the Loews Cineplex chain, in January 2006. As a condition of approving the merger, the state and federal governments required Loews and AMC to sell ten theatres, including this one. It became a Regal cinema on September 15, 2006. Renovations were carried out in 2017 to the plans of architectural firm The Design Collective.

Contributed by Robert Pomerville

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

droben on May 4, 2005 at 2:56 pm

The best (and only) aspect of this cineplex are the spacious lobbies. Any kudos should end there. Built before the stadium seating craze, the theaters have very little slope to them. When it opened, customers complained in droves regarding the fact that the high back seats blocked out the bottom part of the screen. So Cineplex-Odeon (the operator at the time) hurriedly replaced all 3000 seats with a more standard design. The replaced seats ended up at the Woodinville 12 in suburban Seattle.

As it is, the theaters are poorly designed little boxes. Even the two ‘large’ houses are nothing special. I avoid this theater like the plague and haven’t been there in years.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 13, 2005 at 9:28 pm

Saw a picture here today and it was an average modern city multiplex, with big screens, bright images, clear sound and lots of coming attractions. Loews does run a decent show, so its mainstream fare is decently presented. I spoke to another patron, and he told me he prefers the nearby AMC, because the bathrooms are on the same floor as as the auditoriums. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. We could do worse.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 25, 2005 at 1:53 am

This is one of ten theatres that AMC and Loews are selling off as part of their merger, to satisfy antitrust concerns. See this news item for more information and discussion.

timboy219 on December 3, 2006 at 10:51 am

does anyone know when the Meridian opened?

Davidfox on February 14, 2007 at 12:57 pm

The Meridian 16 opened in November 1996. Regal’s purchase was no doubt aimed at keeping another vendor out of the market.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on May 24, 2015 at 1:34 am

Added a few pictures from a trip I did last year in Seattle. Came here for a matinee of FADING GIGOLO.

This theater has clearly seen better days (or I suppose they haven’t, based on the previous comments I have read). Dirty throughout, the staff were rude to me on more than one occasion on my visit, and there were also several projection problems on my ONE visit here, leading me to believe no one has a clue how their projectors work. I did a quick peek on a few other screenings and two movies were being presented in the wrong format, and one was only projecting the color green on screen, also in the wrong format with open masking on all four sides of the screen.

Amazingly my presentation of FADING GIGOLO was pretty good and in the correct format. Which is more than I can say for the other movies I peeked in on.

I also agree with the sight-lines in this place. I had to move twice due to someone sitting even five rows ahead blocking my view. And I’m 6'2"! I can only imagine what this place is like on a busy night.

What a terrible theater. Regal would do well to shut this down and build a new location, either here or elsewhere downtown. This theater paled in comparison to the AMC Pacific Place which is a gorgeous cinema and very well run.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 9, 2017 at 4:18 pm

The Regal 16 has been renovated, and one auditorium has been converted to 4DX (rumbly tumbly smell-o-vision with weather.) I don’t know what the seating capacity is now, but it’s probably been greatly reduced by the installation of new, larger seats as seen in the photo on this web page. They apparently couldn’t be arsed to remodel all the way with stadium seating, though. Architects for the renovation were The Design Collective.

SilverPlaqueVII on January 15, 2020 at 9:56 am

Ever heard the changes? It seems Cineworld the parent company of Regal is acquiring the second incarnation of Cineplex which was called Galaxy Entertainment, last month. Expect a reunion of many Regal’s former Cineplex Odeon theatres sooner than expected.

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