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Seattle, WA: Former Seattle Cinerama Theatre Reopening in December as SIFF Cinema Downtown

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 11:22 AM

'Opening Soon' sign

The Seattle Cinerama Theatre in Seattle, Washington closed for renovations in February 2020, a month before movie theaters across the country were shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic. It turned out that the pandemic wasn't the brief situation many said it would be, and the theater announced that May that it would be closing for good.

The movie theater's future was uncertain until the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced this May that it acquired the theater. SIFF operates three other venues: the SIFF Cinema at the Egyptian Theatre, SIFF Cinema at the Film Center, and the SIFF Cinema at the Uptown.

The SIFF Cinema Downtown will be opening to the public December 14, 2023 with a showing of Wonka and we have showtimes that run through the first part of January. For showtimes and other information, please visit the Showtimes page for the SIFF Cinema Downtown!

Theater History

The theater originally opened in 1963, showing movies in the revolutionary Cinerama format. It soon added a 70mm projector so that it could show more mainstream movies (Cinerama didn't take the movie industry by storm). It declined in the 80s and 90s and a Grand Reopening was held in 1999 to celebrate a bunch of upgrades, including a Dolby Atmos sound system. It closed for renovations in August 2010. It was last renovated in 2014.

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