King Cat Theater

2130 6th Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98121

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King Cat Theater, Seattle, WA - 2011

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The King Cinema opened in 1974. It was operated by General Cinemas and Walter Reade Theatres.

The King Cinema closed in the late-1980’s and the theater became the King Kat Theater which hosted concerts, live performances, special events and occasional film programs.

It was demolished in early-April 2013.

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rivest266
rivest266 on January 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

This opened by Walter Reade from New Jersey on October 30th, 1973. It became part of General Cinemas in 1977. Grand opening ad posted here.

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on January 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm

This theatre was a great place to see movies and with Seattle being a film festival city I still think this would again be a great venue for film. Even if only during SIFF. And having other uses the rest of the year.

neeb
neeb on February 17, 2012 at 5:53 am

Amazon is getting ready to buy 3 blocks (yes, blocks) in Downtown Seattle to build office towers. The King is on one of those blocks.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2017518305_clise16.html

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 17, 2012 at 7:32 am

I only hope that Seattle movie theater fans mount some campaign to compel Amazon to include the theater in their plans. The King Cat (previously the King) is a good example of the last generation of single screen theaters. I only saw one film there but it was impressive.

Seattleprojectionist
Seattleprojectionist on May 6, 2013 at 1:48 am

Sadly, the King was demolished over the weekend of April 6/7 2013. worked there as a Union projectionist from 1981 until about 2008. I started there with General Cinema and remained working for several different operators after GCC pulled out in 1992. For the first few months post-GCC, it was a discount house and then turned into an all ages concert venue that ran films on rare occasions. Norelco AAII 35/70mm projectors in the booth were great but a minimal sound system and flat (but large) screen behind a massive curved curtain were drawbacks. I also worked at the demolished UA 70/150 across the street and still do work (when they run 70mm) at the Cinerama, two blocks away.

paulnelson
paulnelson on July 1, 2013 at 4:03 am

I liked the King. Saw The Great Gatsby, Sophies Choice and Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind there in the day. Well designed and every seat a good one. Not as big screen as the fantastic UA 150 across the street but worthy anyway. That was one of the best ever. Too bad they are both history.

ericrising
ericrising on July 1, 2013 at 5:08 am

I wonder if you worked there with me. I was there around 80-81.

Seattleprojectionist
Seattleprojectionist on June 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm

One of several new high rise office towers for Amazon now sits in the site of the KIng. One of the plastic panels from the “King Kat” sign now hangs on the wall of a coffee shop across the street.

Ericrising; I worked there as an infrequent relief projectionist from November of 1981 until October of 1982 when I went full time. When I started, Henry Cannon was the chief projectionist and Jerry Keene was the #2. I replaced Jerry when he left in October 1982. Henry is in his 80’s, still active and happy in retirement. Jerry left town shortly after he left the King.

ericrising
ericrising on June 17, 2016 at 2:21 am

I’ll have to look for the pieve of the sign! I think I remember Jerry. I want to say I worked there until 1982?

ericrising
ericrising on June 17, 2016 at 2:22 am

I now work in the Amazon Doppler building which is around the corner on 7th and Westlake.

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