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Seattle International Film Festival made this announcement earlier today: SIFF is excited to announce the acquisition of the historic Uptown Theater in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. The historic neighborhood theater will re-open to the public beginning October 20, 2011 in conjunction with the Grand Opening of the new SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center, ushering in a new era of film in the Northwest. http://www.siff.net
After 30 years, Seattle’s 5th Avenue has a new vertical marquee.
Bill White’s Cinema Penitentiary: Tales from a middle-aged movie house and a critic cuts his teeth…
On Tuesday, October 6, 2009, the last original marquee element was removed.
Paul Wegenerâ€™s terrifying Expressionist masterpiece, “The Golem: How He Came Into the World,” made itâ€™s US premier at the Criterion (New York Times, June 19, 1921 p. 67). Also featured in that program, the third chapter of Tonyâ€™s Sargâ€™s Almanac; “Wandering Tribes of the Sahara,” a Kineto review and “Scenes of Prague,” a Prizma scenic. At a time when the best feature films typically ran for one or two weeks, “The Golem” enjoyed a three and one-half month stay at the Criterion.
correction The third link posted on Feb 19,2007 goes to the “Renton History Lives Here Walking Tour” on the City of Renton website, not the Renton Historical Museum website.
The Everett Theater Society acquired a thee-manual, 14 rank, Kimball theater organ in September 1997. Following installation, an inaugural concert was held on October 2, 1999. The Everett cancelled its Silent Film series after the Tuesday, May 9, 2006 screening of The Phantom of the Opera (1925). At this point, there have been no announced plans to resume the series. The current schedule includes the 10th annual â€˜Everett Womanâ€™s Film Seriesâ€™, a two day event consisting of new feature and documentary films.
Here is a peek at The Everettâ€™s two beautiful, vintage carbon-arc projectors, housed in their main floor booth.
Here are three links which include some descriptive text for, and photographs of the Renton Grand Theater.
The Puget Sound Theater Organ Society (PSTOS),
King County Snapshots,
The Renton Historical Museum (#19 on the tour),
David Jeffers for SIFFblog.com
The African Queen (1951)
Wednesday, February 14, 5:00 & 7:30pm
The Historic Lynwood Theater, Bainbridge Island
After many attempts and several near misses, I finally made the trip to Bainbridge Island for The Historic Lynwood Theaterâ€™s Valentines Day screening of The African Queen. A short hop from the Coleman Dock and a quick ride down a country lane (well, Lynwwod Center Road) ended at the quaint little strip, a bit reminiscent of Chaplinâ€™s La Brea Avenue cottages. The theater is smack in the middle
Lunch at The Treehouse CafÃ© faired well, good soup, great coffee, friendly service, in general a nice roomy place to hang out before or after the show. The theater itself is charming, very well loved, with a faithful crowd of local moviegoers. The atmosphere is cordial and relaxed. I really got a kick out of watching folks arrive for the show to warm greetings with a little schmooze, definitely not the urban multi-plex vibe of icy indifference. What a great place to watch a movie! I was amazed to learn The Lynwood has been in continuous use since opening in 1936! There are generations in their audience that have grown up watching films here, and for years, it was literally the only show in town. Comfy seats inside, plenty of legroom, and a nice big screen. Carefully chosen updates to the building over years have retained the charm, while improving the theatergoing experience. A nicely produced souvenir program from their 2006, seventieth anniversary is filled with memories of The Lynwoodâ€™s patrons. What I wouldnâ€™t give for a snapshot of Mister Peepers in the popcorn machine! Iâ€™m already looking forward to my next visit!
Here are links to the expanded film preview and post-show theater review, including a photo of the snazzy new (restored) marquee, taken the night of the show.
I’m also including the link to The Lynwood’s home page.
I’ve got to say I disagree with the above criticism. There seemed to be adequate parking and Lynwood Center is no more than a ten minute drive from the Winslow Ferry dock. The wooded setting has more than a little to do with The Lynwood’s charm. Coffee at the Treehouse, before a matinee on a rainy Saturday afternoon sounds perfect to me!
Update: October 2006
What was formerly the Renton Roxy, has been converted into a ‘for-rent’ hall, used primarily as a storefront church. When the building was last sold several years ago, the buyer did donate the vertical marquee to the city, but it’s unclear if it could ever be restored. The void was covered with sheets of oriented strand board and painted beige, along with the rest of the facade. All of the ornamental lighting was removed and the original ticket booth was quickly ripped out and thrown away (it could have been saved with the marquee), replaced by a landscape border brick planter with plastic plants in the same footprint. The Roxy was our local neighborhood theater and is sorely missed. Single screen theaters are rare as henâ€™s teeth these days and the Roxy struggled on far longer than anyone expected. Our alternatives in Renton are the eight screen Renton Cinemas about a mile away, and the East Valley 13, located in industrial South Renton. The City of Renton recently built a multimillion-dollar performing arts center as part of the renovation of Renton High School two blocks north of the Roxy. Adjacent to the old theater, the city has created an urban center over the past decade which includes an urban park, a multi-level parking structure, a large single floor building with a high bow-truss ceiling (formerly part of a car dealership) that was converted into a multi-use facility, and a bus transit center. The goal of city planners was to create a new heart in the old commercial downtown core. Throughout this development, historic structures have been demolished (very few remain in Renton), replaced by large apartment blocks and commercial structures, resulting in fundamental character changes to the neighborhood. The Roxy has avoided demolition, so far, but this result seems inevitable in an environment of small town politics, driven by greedy developers and sorely lacking intelligent planning or social responsibility.