New Art Theater Opens in Seattle

Via Moira Macdonald at The Seattle Times:

The Uptown Theater, one of Seattle’s oldest movie houses, is about to begin a new chapter. The Seattle International Film Festival announced Saturday night it has taken over the Queen Anne theater’s lease from the AMC chain, which had closed the Uptown last November.

SIFF artistic director Carl Spence said that the lease is for the next five years, and that the organization will move the operations of its current SIFF Cinema (a leased space at McCaw Hall) to three screens at the Uptown, calling it SIFF Cinema at the Uptown.

The new Uptown will open  October 21st.  It is exciting to imagine what they will program but, as the Landmark chain hads gotten bigger and bigger there really has not been a venue for foreign, indie, and repertory films . 

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