Top Choice Cinema in U District

Grand Illusion Cinema

Totally unique! Far from being a reincarnated Gilded Age movie house, the Grand Illusion sits in an old dentist's office. Run by volunteers and passionately not-for-profit, it has a cherished national reputation amo…
Cinema in Belltown & Seattle Center


Possibly Seattle's most popular cinema, Cinerama, famous for its giant curved three-panel screen, is one of only three of its type left in the world and has a cool, sci-fi feel. Sparkling after a 2014 renovation, it…
Cinema in Green Lake & Fremont

Fremont Almost Free Outdoor Cinema

Some come dragging sofas, others arrive dressed as cowboys or zombies from Shaun of the Dead. Every summer, Fremonters take over this small parking lot for evening movies that quickly turn into frivolous community e…
Cinema in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Central Cinema

Welcome to a bona fide dine-in cinema. What might be par for the course in Portland, OR, is a rare sight in Seattle, which makes this small neighborhood movie house in the CD all the more precious. The food consists…
Cinema in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Northwest Film Forum

A film arts organization whose two-screen cinema offers impeccable programming, from restored classics to cutting-edge independent and international films. It's in Capitol Hill, of course!
Cinema in Belltown & Seattle Center

SIFF Film Center

The digs of the famous Seattle International Film Festival since 2011 runs movies in a small auditorium year-round.
Cinema in Queen Anne & Lake Union

SIFF Cinema Uptown

The Uptown is joint HQ for the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), meaning its three screens get an intelligent and varied turnaround of movies.
Cinema in U District

Varsity Theatre

Independent and international art-house films are shown at this 1940 cinema, the scene of many an undergraduate date night.
Cinema in Belltown & Seattle Center

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall

The Seattle International Film Festival uses a half-dozen theaters but also has its own dedicated theater, in McCaw Hall’s Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, which runs various film programs throughout the year.