King Cat Theater

2130 6th Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98121

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ericrising
ericrising on June 16, 2016 at 8:22 pm

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

ericrising
ericrising on June 16, 2016 at 8:21 pm

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?

Seattleprojectionist
Seattleprojectionist on June 16, 2016 at 12:10 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 30, 2013 at 11:08 pm

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

paulnelson
paulnelson on June 30, 2013 at 10:03 pm

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.

Seattleprojectionist
Seattleprojectionist on May 5, 2013 at 7:48 pm

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.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 17, 2012 at 1:32 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.

neeb
neeb on February 16, 2012 at 11:53 pm

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

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on January 21, 2012 at 3:07 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.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 21, 2012 at 10:50 am

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.

ColinMarcoe
ColinMarcoe on October 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm

What a nice photo (#39)! You know, I’m amazed at how well the exterior of the building has held up over the years. Even today it looks quite sharp over all.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 7, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Although there some occasional exceptions, the general practice here on CT is that a theater’s entry name is that which it has currently or that which it had when last used as a theater of any kind, even if it is/was no longer used to show movies.

A picture when this was the King in 1973, according to the caption: View link

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on July 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I agree with the comment on the name. This was built as “The King” and it should be called by that name. King Cat is rather wierd.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Interesting Name.

ericrising
ericrising on November 24, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Thanks!!! I should have looked closer ;–)

ericrising
ericrising on November 24, 2009 at 9:17 pm

anyone have any pics? Worked there in 1980-81

markinthedark
markinthedark on July 1, 2008 at 5:56 pm

Just wish they would change the name back to “The King”. Wasn’t it changed to King Cat by operators who made it a Jazz club for a while?

kateymac01
kateymac01 on July 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm

According to the article Lost Memory quotes above, King Cat is surely back in the movie business as well as live shows. The owner expects to show Indian films and get involved with local film festivals. (The Indian film “SarKar Raj” has been shown there in the past couple weeks.)

Can’t wait to see how the resurrected King Cat does.

markinthedark
markinthedark on June 21, 2008 at 12:18 am

The seat count (when a cinema) is probably inaccurate. It was more like 1000+.

droben
droben on April 6, 2008 at 3:57 am

Walked by the King the other day, and the marquee states that theater is opening soon and gives a phone number for bookings. Looks like live shows will again be featured.

markinthedark
markinthedark on August 21, 2007 at 12:19 pm

Too bad SIFF didn’t take this place over. Probably too much competition downtown to open it unless it was a specialty house of some sort. Hey, how about a brew-pub that plays classic or 2nd run films on the big screen. What could be more fun than sitting with a bunch of people drinking beer and watching “Star Trek II” or “Planet of the Apes”. Kaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhnnnnnnnnnnnn!

ColinMarcoe
ColinMarcoe on July 6, 2007 at 1:05 am

Update – The church has moved on (to West Seattle) according to the theatre’s marque (back to the “King Cat” theatre). The building is one again vacant and available for lease. It would be great to see live shows, or better yet, movies there again!

Davidfox
Davidfox on February 3, 2007 at 4:29 pm

The former King/King Cat has been a church for a number of years. The building has been nicely maintained.

kateymac01
kateymac01 on June 21, 2005 at 1:33 pm

I thought the King Cat was used for live shows, not as a church. Did something change?

markinthedark
markinthedark on May 10, 2005 at 7:01 pm

Too bad this theatre wasn’t as lucky as the nearby Cinerama. At least it didn’t suffer the fate of the UA 150 & 70 across the street. Does anyone have pictures of the King?