Aurora Cinema I-II-III

13000 Linden Avenue North,
Seattle, WA 98133

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A plain no-frills William Riseman design, built as a twin and opened in 1973 with 625 and 425 seats. The larger theatre was split in 1977 resulting in two badly proportioned screening rooms. It closed in 2002 and was demolished in around 2005.

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droben on December 5, 2004 at 1:03 am

After General Cinema put the Aurora Cinema I II III out of its misery in 2000, the Cinema Grill operation did a cosmetic remodel and operated it for a short time as a cinema/restaurant. The theater still remains vacant and is for sale.

markinthedark on January 19, 2006 at 6:08 pm

I think the theatre has been razed.

Davidfox on February 14, 2007 at 1:20 pm

The cinema was demolished in 2006 and is the site of a big condo project. It was a pretty dreadful theater even when it was new. No masking, so flat films showed centered on a wide, white screen. (Masking was added in its final years). The design was so poor that when GCC was forced to add stereo to its one remaining large house in order to play “Return of the Jedi” it had to position the left and right speakers outside the perimeter of the screen (as it also did at Everett Mall).

moviefan65 on February 16, 2009 at 1:19 am

I saw more movies at the old Aurora Cinema than any other theater in Seattle! Back in 1981 (when movies were still worth going to) I must have seen 10 movies that year alone at the AC! It’s funny some people don’t care for this theater because I thought it was a COOL theater! In 1987, I saw PREDATOR 3 times there!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 24, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Did you go out each time and buy a ticket,or hang around inside until the next show started up.

rivest266 on January 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

This opened on April 5th, 1975. Grand opening ad posted.

Seattleprojectionist on December 5, 2014 at 9:41 am

I have to agree with the “pretty dreadful” comment above. I worked here from time to time as a fill in projectionist from about 1982 – 1986. The lead projectionist at the time was the Business Agent for IATSE Projectionist Local 154 and frequently had to take time off for Union duties. I last worked here as temporary replacement for about 3 months in the late Summer and early Fall of 1995. It was my last employment with General Cinema.

Seattleprojectionist on September 4, 2016 at 7:23 pm

When opened, the projectionists were: Thomas Watters, Jr, George Worst, and Jack Bostock. George and Jack passed away years ago and Tommy passed away on July 28, 2016. Tommy was the Business Agent for IATSE Projectionists Local 154 from 1968 until his retirement in 1999. He left the Aurora Cinema and went to the Oak Tree Cinema in 1986.

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