Seattle's Most Epic Movie Experience
When Paul G. Allen heard in the mid-1990s that Seattle's historic Cinerama Theatre might close down to become a rock-climbing club, dinner theater, or even a parking lot, he signed a "Save the Cinerama" petition—and later took it a step further by purchasing the old movie-house himself. Seattle's Cinerama Theatre was one of many opened in the 1950s and 1960s for Cinerama films, technological marvels of their day which were shown on a curved screen utilizing a three-projector system.
In 1998, Vulcan kicked off a major, multi-million dollar renovation of the theatre, refurbishing the interior and exterior, installing state-of-the-art sound and projector systems, and ensuring maximum accessibility for mobility- and sensory-impaired patrons. A grand re-opening celebration took place on April 22, 1999 to welcome the theatre back into commission. Since then, it has regularly been voted one of Seattle's "best places to watch a movie" and plays host to various film festivals and blockbuster film premieres each year.