Seattle’s most iconic movie experience, SIFF Cinema Downtown will feature a mix of blockbuster studio films, specialty festivals and events, and first-run arthouse cinema, plus reserved seating selection and premium concessions such as local craft beer and chocolate popcorn.
This historic venue located in the heart of Downtown Seattle is one of only two operating cinemas in the world with the capability of screening three-strip Cinerama films on its epic 97-foot curved screen consisting of 2,000 vertical strips.
In May 2023, SIFF announced its acquisition of the former Seattle Cinerama Theater from the estate of Paul G. Allen. The announcement was made to an uproar of cheers and applause at Opening Night of the 49th Seattle International Film Festival on May 11.
SIFF Cinema Downtown will open to the public on December 14, 2023 with Wonka.
SIFF is a nonprofit organization that relies on funds from a variety of sources from ticket sales to individual donations. Want to provide support with a one-time or recurring gift? Make a donation today.
Popcorn! Discounts! SIFF members may use their popcorn punch cards at SIFF Cinema Downtown. Members receive five complimentary popcorns per year, and, yes, chocolate popcorn counts! Members also receive $3 off individual tickets.
Member: $16.50 Online | $17.00 Walk-Up
Adult: $19.50 Online | $20.00 Walk-Up
Senior: $18.50 Online | $19.00 Walk-Up
Student: $18.50 Online | $19.00 Walk-Up
Child: $14.50 Online | $15.00 Walk-Up
SIFF Downtown uses "all-in pricing" so the full ticket price listed includes fees.
Of course! And to “top” it off, SIFF members can use their punch cards for five complimentary popcorns to receive a free small or medium popcorn (chocolate or regular). Enticed? Join today.
If you are already a member and haven't picked up your popcorn card yet, simply ask a Box Office Associate the next time you visit any SIFF Cinema venue.
We post all our open positions here. As soon as we determine which of our current SIFF Cinema staff would like the opportunity to work at this new venue, we will be posting more job openings.
We are very excited to welcome volunteers into our new theater. Please check out our Volunteer page for more information on how to join us.
The Cinerama first opened in 1963 but met with declining business and faced demolition by the late 1980s. Paul Allen purchased the theater and began a series of renovations, creating a destination theater for blockbuster first-run movies and a variety of film festivals. The venue closed following Allen’s death and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pursuant to Allen’s wishes, it was earmarked to be sold with all Estate proceeds to be dedicated to philanthropy.
SIFF Cinema Downtown will be a temporary name until we determine a feasible timeline of moving forward to involve the public to select a permanent name and funding rebrand costs.
SIFF was presented with an exciting opportunity to acquire the Cinerama in late 2022 and is very grateful for the dedicated board members, donors, and grantors who supported this dream with financing. Without these generous funders, this simply would not have been possible for SIFF. In the coming months, SIFF will need even more community support as we move forward with a Capital Campaign to raise funds for first year startup costs. Consider a donation today.
SIFF is a non-profit, and this acquisition was something we hoped for, but would not have been possible without external funding. These designated contributions, the Wyncote foundation, the Paul Allen Estate’s generosity, and passionate funders made this possible for SIFF and for the community.
Sums of $950,000 allotted in the City of Seattle’s mid-year supplemental budget, and $1,000,000 from King County were both approved August 2023. These funds will make it possible to open the theater as soon as possible and help with:
SIFF Cinema Downtown is located in the Belltown neighborhood, with a variety of public transportation options including: