SIFF statement on the status of the Cinerama

11/12/2021 |
Jaclyn Graham | 805.952.5104 |

SEATTLE (November 12, 2021) – The Cinerama holds a prominent place in Seattle film history. It has been around nearly as long as the Space Needle and has screened thousands of films for Seattle movie lovers, including many in partnership with SIFF. Over the past 20 years, the investments made by Paul Allen, and later his estate, have made it one of the most unique theaters in the country, home to some wonderful festivals, and a spectacular movie-going experience.

We are aware of the petition that has circulated on behalf of the Cinerama and we share the petitioners’ request for investment in the theater’s future and its protection.

SIFF enthusiastically supports the idea of Historical Designation to protect the Cinerama from demolition and to preserve this piece of Seattle film history.

We would love to see the Paul Allen Estate continue to invest in maintaining the theater until they determine to sell it or re-open it.

Certainly, maintaining a facility like the Cinerama requires resources, so if the estate chooses to sell the Cinerama, it would be wonderful to see another organization take up the mantle and continue to develop the theater’s role in Seattle’s film culture.

SIFF would be well-positioned to maximize the facility’s potential, but, as a nonprofit organization reemerging from COVID closures, would need additional funding or investment to take on the operations of an additional theater.

SIFF is excited to see a return to the in-person film experience—and we’re certainly hopeful that the Cinerama will be a part of that return.

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