Seattle’s Independent Theaters

Seattle's Independent Theaters

If you find yourself in your Seattle Vacation Rental wanting to see a film but yearning for something different than the standard blockbuster, then you may consider supporting one of Seattle’s independent Cinemas. The Emerald City loves its film and has several indie movie houses. Film festivals, art house and foreign films, short run features, and more can be enjoyed “outside the chain” at locally owned theaters.

Here’s a quick reference for some of Seattle’s favorites.

The Grand Illusion Cinema
As Seattle’s longest-running independent theater, the Grand Illusion is a local landmark and also a non-profit run by a passionate staff of dedicated volunteers. This historical theater is small, cozy, and a true classic. Enjoy pre-movie treats at the attached café and catch some great indie flicks, movie events, and foreign film gems. You can also take a break from the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and come here to enjoy the Seattle Transmedia and Independent Film Festival (STIFF).

The Big Picture
This beautiful theater is one of two run by its owners in the Seattle area. It was named one of the top eight theaters in the country by Entertainment Weekly Magazine. The full service bar makes it a 21+ venue. They also provide gourmet popcorn in champagne buckets. Seating around 100 people, this theater has cozy reclining rocker seats and has been known to host a few celebrity patrons and appearances.

The Seattle Cinerama Theater
After its grand opening in 1963, the Cinerama had many years of thriving success and a few years in disrepair. In 1999 it was renovated and upgrades include a state-of-the-art Christie 6P digital laser projection system, Harkness Matt Plus screen, Dolby Atmos surround sound, Meyer Sound cinema speaker system, and wider seats with more leg room. It’s now one of Seattle’s hot spots for new, classic, and retro movies. They also offer local wines, beer, and snacks including gourmet popcorn, of course.


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