Film/TV

Seattle Indie Movie Theaters are Planning Their Returns—Here's a Timeline

An Update on Central Cinema, Grand Illusion, and Other Local Spots
July 13, 2021
The U-District's Grand Illusion returns Friday, August 20! (Grand Illusion via Facebook)

Major movie theaters like AMC Pacific Place and Regal Meridian were the first to dust off their popcorn machines when social distancing restrictions loosened up, but soon your pool of chair varieties will expand as Seattle's full roster of indie movie houses re-enter the ring. Here's a brief guide to the projected reopenings of SIFF, Grand Illusion, Central Cinema, The Beacon, and elsewhere, plus a refresher on which small-but-mighty theaters are currently open. 

NOW OPEN

Ark Lodge
Columbia City
Current offerings: IRL showtimes; private rentals; streaming selections
Safety: Masks required in the lobby and common areas; socially distanced seating

Grand Cinema
Tacoma
Current offerings: IRL showtimes; private rentals; streaming selections
Safety: Masks optional for fully vaccinated guests; socially distanced seating

Majestic Bay Theatres
Ballard
Current offerings: IRL showtimes
Safety: Masks optional for fully vaccinated guests

Admiral Theater
West Seattle
Current offerings: IRL showtimes; private rentals; streaming selections
Safety: Masks optional for fully vaccinated guests

Varsity Theatre
University District
Current offerings: IRL showtimes; private rentals; streaming selections
Safety: Masks optional for fully vaccinated guests

OPENING SOON

The Beacon
Columbia City

Reopening: September 2021 (exact date TBA)
Current offerings: Private rentals (July only; sold out)

Central Cinema
Central District

Reopening: Friday, July 30
Current offerings: Private rentals

Grand Illusion
University District

Reopening: Friday, Aug 20
Current offerings: Private rentals; streaming selections

Northwest Film Forum
Capitol Hill

Reopening: Fall 2021
Current offerings: Private rentals; streaming selections

SIFF
Various locations

Reopening: Fall 2021 (exact date TBA)
Current offerings: Streaming selections