Best Movie Theaters in Washington
Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX
I'd been waiting for years for a multiplex to open in my
neighborhood. In 2009, Thornton Place became my theater of choice. Here,
you'll find a great selection on 14 screens, including
a "real" IMAX screen. The theaters are on multiple floors, so you
might want to plan a little extra time to take the escalator or elevator.
Plenty of parking is located under the theater, although
it's somewhat hidden.
If you're hungry before or after the show, I
recommend Thai Fusion
Bistro or Five Guys, located just around the corner.
301 N.E. 103rd Street
Seattle, WA 98125
was resurrected from the dead by Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, because he
had a lot of good childhood memories there. The reasons it's number 2 on my list
are: Limited parking and a bad second tier of seats (if you sit in this area
near the bottom, the screen can be obstructed by handicap seats). If I
go to the Cinerama, I usually just pay for parking and make sure I sit in the
front section. The screen is one of the largest in the state, and they can project digital movies. The best things about this theater: You
get to put your own butter on your popcorn (there's a reason they don't put on
five squirts!), and when you go to the bathroom in the middle of the film, you
can hear the film on speakers. In an era of multiplexes, the Cinerama stands
alone as a one-screen wonder.
4th and Lenora, Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 441-3080
Pacific Place 11
Located on the top floor Pacific Place shopping center in
Downtown Seattle, this theater has two levels
and offers some great interior design. When you take the escalator up to the
second floor, look out the window to see yourself floating 10 or so stories
above the city.
The only problem with this place is that you have to pay for
Boeing IMAX Theater -
Pacific Science Center
There's nothing like an IMAX screen, especially the one at this theater.
Sometimes they show movies like "The Matrix" and "Star Wars: Attack of the
Clones," but I usually see the 30-40 minute special interest movies, like "Space
Station 3-D" and "Bugs!"
200 Second Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109 | (206) 443-4629
Landmark Guild 45th II
Due to parking, I rarely see a movie at this theater. But theater number 2
(upstairs) is one of the best places to sit back and watch a film. It seems that
every film I've ever seen at night at this theater has sold out.
2115 N. 45th, Seattle, WA 98103 | (206) 781-5755
Landmark Metro Cinemas
made the list because I used to always walk there from my house in the
University District. It was a long walk, maybe a mile, but I loved that walk
back, thinking about the movie. The other great thing is it's close to Half
Price Books, Cinema Bookstore, and Scarecrow Video. The theaters are small (some of
them not much bigger than a large living room), and the concession stand workers
have major attitude. But for some reason, it's still a fun place to go.
4500 9th NE, Seattle, WA
98105 | (206) 781-5755
Lincoln Square Cinemas
Located across the street from Bellevue Square Mall, Lincoln Square offers a
unique circular lobby and huge screens. The theaters include one 65-foot IMAX
screen, RealD 3D in six auditoriums, and SONY 4K Digital Cinema Projection on
all other screens.
Free parking is available with no validation required at Bellevue Square.
Walk across the Skybridge to the second floor of Lincoln Square. Check out the
700 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, Washington 98004
Recorded Info: (425)
Phone (425) 450-9100
Fax (425) 450-9109
Loews Theaters Alderwood
The biggest movie theater I've ever been to. I love the extreme stadium seating
(the theaters almost feel like IMAX theaters).
18601 33rd Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98037 (800)
Like "The Rose Theater," the Neptune feels like
no other theater I've ever been in. The ornate walls make you feel like you're
sitting in a theater for royalty. There's also a house organ, although I've never
seen a movie when they play it. Last time I was at the Neptune, I thought the
seats were incredibly uncomfortable. And because it's located right in the heart
of the University District, there's a chance in hell you're going to get
1303 N.E. 45th, Seattle, WA 98105 | (206) 781-5755 |
The Egyptian is an ancient theater with tons of character. I don't really go to
movies here anymore, but it's definitely worth a visit. I did attend a Seattle
International Film Festival screening of "The Myth of Fingerprints" and got to
see Julianne Moore in person after the film (she was just becoming a huge star
at the time). My other great movie memory at this theater was seeing "The Piano"
there with a sold-out audience.
805 East Pine, Seattle, WA 98122 | (206) 781-5755 |
Outside Seattle Area
The Rose Theater
Besides being an historical landmark, this
theater has a special feel that starts the moment you walk in the door. The
people working there are friendly and courteous. They make good popcorn. And
before the movie starts, one of the workers walks to the front of the theater
and tells you a little about the movie you're about to watch. The one and only
movie I've seen at this theater was Erin Brokovitch, and that was enough to
catapult the theater to the top of my list. Also, they sell great T-shirts. I've
had more people ask my about my "Rose Theater" T-shirt than any other. When
you're in Port Townsend, stop by this theater to see a film. You won't be
235 Taylor Street,
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Movie Information: 360/385-1089
Lake Chelan Ruby Theater
In many ways, this is a cousin to the Neptune
theater in Seattle. I recently received an e-mail from the Ruby Theater to say
that they've upgraded their seats and made some other changes to make the
theater more comfortable and modern. If you're ever in Chelan, check this place
135 E. Woodin Ave. PO Box 1351 Chelan, WA 98816 509-682-5016
Carmike 12 - Kennewick
My parents live in the Tri-Cities (Richland,
Pasco, Kennewick), and when I visit, this is my theater of choice. I like the
consistency and the plush seats.
1331 North Central Parkway, Kennewick, WA 99336 (509) 374-0356