Remove ads with our VIP Service
- Annie Hall 
- Citizen Kane 
- The Godfather 
- L.A. Confidential 
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail 
- Pee-wee's Big Adventure 
- The Royal Tenenbaums 
- Singin' in the Rain 
- Twentieth Century 
- West Side Story 
- SIFF Cinema at the Uptown
Add Your Comments
- Buffalo, NY: North Park Theatre to Reopen March 7, 2014 [3/4]
- 2014 Academy Award Winners [3/2]
- Milwaukee, WI: Avalon Theatre Planning June 2014 Opening [2/27]
- St. Joseph, MO: Screenland Plaza 8 Closing March 2, 2014 [2/27]
- Saint Charles, IL: Improvements Coming to Classic Cinemas Charlestowne 18 [2/26]
- Fort Collins, CO: Cinemark Coming to Foothills Mall [2/26]
- Glen Burnie, MD: UA Marley Station 8 Closed [2/26]
- Willoughby Hills, OH: Big Cinemas Phoenix Willoughby Hills Closed [2/24]
- Ridgefield, CT: Prospector Theater Offers Movies Ahead of Its Opening [2/24]
- Largo, FL: AMC Tri-City 8 Closed January 19, 2014 [2/17]
Back in August, we published this Journal Article about the Seattle International Film Festival's (SIFF) announcement that it had purchased the Uptown Theater in Seattle, Washington. They issued a press release yesterday that confirmed that they had indeed met their plans to re-open the theater to the public on October 20, 2011.
They are celebrating with five days of classic movies; a sampling of the theater's 85-year history. Titles include Twentieth Century (1934), Citizen Kane (1941), Singin’ In the Rain (1952), West Side Story (1961), The Godfather (1972), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Annie Hall (1977), Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985), LA Confidential (1997), and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). Admission is $5, or free with a same-day receipt from any Queen Anne area business.
The Uptown Theater originally opened a single-screen theater in 1926. In the 1940's, the single screen was converted into three screens. The theater was last known as the AMC Loews Uptown 3, which closed November 28, 2010.
The Seattle International Film Festival also operates the SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall.
The full press release appears below.
Historic Seattle Uptown Theater is Back and Better Than Ever
SIFF Red Carpet Event to Herald Grand Re-Opening
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SIFF is excited to roll out the red carpet to re-open the historic Uptown Theater in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. SIFF Cinema at the Uptown 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. “Seattle is excited to celebrate the re-opening of the Uptown Cinema on Thursday night,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “I congratulate SIFF for their initiative in saving this iconic venue which not only supports our city’s arts scene, but also supports economic opportunities for local businesses.”
A VIP Red Carpet Event on Thursday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. to include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn will kick off grand re-opening festivities at the newly remodeled theater. The Artist, an honest-to-goodness black-and-white silent picture made by modern French filmmakers in Hollywood, will be shown on at the grand re-opening reminiscent of the days when the Uptown presented original black-and-white silent movies.
SIFF Cinema at the Uptown will open with three days of Sing Alongs beginning October 20th as part of the Heineken City Arts Festival with audience favorites to include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Purple Rain, and Grease. Following the Sing Alongs will be five days of classic feature films that have previously played at the historic Uptown theatre. A sampling of the cinema's rich 85-year history, these classic films were selected from the entries submitted to SIFF through our recent call for Uptown Memories from the Seattle community and will screen October 23rd-27th. Admission to the classic films will be free with a same-day receipt from any Queen Anne area business (or $5 general paid admission). The selected films include Twentieth Century (1934), Citizen Kane (1941), Singin’ In the Rain (1952), West Side Story (1961), The Godfather (1972), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Annie Hall (1977), Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985), LA Confidential (1997), and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).
Originally opened in 1926, the Uptown Theater was one of Seattle’s oldest and most cherished cinemas until it closed last winter. SIFF will begin programming at the new SIFF Cinema at the Uptown in October of 2011 as part of the SIFF Cinema brand, making the transition this fall out of its current location at McCaw Hall. The newly opened theater will provide SIFF with increased seating capacity and three additional screens, allowing for more flexibility in its year-round programming.
“After being with SIFF for almost 20 years, it is exhilarating to not only be opening our flagship home with the SIFF Film Center on the grounds of Seattle Center, but also to have the opportunity to keep an 85-year-old institution, the Uptown Cinemas, open for business just three blocks away,” said Carl Spence, Artistic Director of SIFF. “We look forward to working with the community to make sure the Uptown Cinemas once again becomes a permanent destination in Seattle to see the best that cinema has to offer.”
These new and exciting ventures will allow SIFF to expand their rich, year-round programming, establish first-class educational programs throughout the community, and ensure that SIFF and the programs they offer thrive for decades to come.
Now in its 37th year, SIFF has evolved into an internationally recognized film institution, reaching over 200,000 individuals each year through the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema and Futurewave Education. SIFF's mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that we foster a community that is more informed, aware, and alive. Learn more at www.siff.net.
Add Your Comments
No comments found. Be the first and let us know what you think!
Add Your Comments
|Commenting on Journal Articles is available only to our readers who have customized this site, which makes it easier for you to complete the form and for us to contact you with any questions or concerns about your comments.|
Please login or register a new account before continuing.
Log in to retrieve your saved settings.
Forget Your Passcode?Send My Passcode To Me
Not Registered? Create a New Account!
Our registered members enjoy more features, including:
- Save Your ZIP Code -- the site remembers your ZIP code, no having to re-enter it each time you visit
- Favorite Theaters List -- keep a handy list of the theaters you attend
- Favorite Movies List - movies you want to see, all in one place
- Write Movie Reviews -- share your opinions of the movies you see
- Block Ads with VIP Service -- view this site ad free (subscription req'd)
Basic accounts are free -- sign up today!
Concerned About Privacy?
Journal/Blog - The Marquee - Movie Links - News and Events - Now Showing - Reader Reviews
Customize - VIP Service
|The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a service of SVJ Designs LLC. All graphics, layout, and structure of this service (unless otherwise specified) are Copyright © 1995-2014, SVJ Designs. The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a trademark of SVJ Designs. All rights reserved.
'ACADEMY AWARDS®' and 'OSCAR®' are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.