Save the Egyptian

At the 40th Annual Seattle International Film Festival Opening Night Gala, SIFF announced that we secured a long-term lease to operate the historic Egyptian Theatre.

Before the venue can be re-opened for year round programming however, we need to raise $300,000.

Make a gift today and your contribution will be matched up to $155,000 by two very generous SIFF supporters!

3 Easy Ways to Help Save the Egyptian


Donate $10 by texting SIFF to 501501.

After hitting send, you'll be prompted to approve your contribution. Follow the instructions and hit send again.
Donate now and your gift is doubled!


Send your check to:


305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

be sure to note "Save the Egyptian" in the memo line.
Donate now and your gift is doubled!


Make a donation here.
Please email Renee C. O'Donnell once you have done so she can designate the gift to "Save the Egyptian."

To learn more about the campaign, please contact Renee C. O'Donnell, Director of Individual Giving, by phone 206.315.0664 or via email. Donate now and your gift is doubled!

About the future SIFF Cinema Egyptian

The Egyptian Theatre has been an important part of the Seattle International Film Festival since its inception. Originally built as Masonic Temple in 1915, the building's auditorium was converted into an Egyptian-themed art house cinema by SIFF in 1980. SIFF sold the lease to Landmark Theatres in 1989 in order to fund the organization's transition to a non-profit arts organization and has rented the venue for the Seattle International Film Festival every year since.

In 2013, the former tenant closed the Egyptian's doors. Once again, SIFF will reopen another shuttered neighborhood movie house and needs your support.

Save the Egyptian for your community and SIFF:

• invest in your community
• bring vitality back to the neighborhood
• create a new meeting place
• save a part of history
• be a part of SIFF's future successes
• provide a venue for smaller film festivals and community organizations

Your donation goes directly to:

• equipment - a projector, server, and computers for the projection room
• critical repairs - electrical, plumbing, ventilation, and the marquee
• the sound system
• cleaning and maintenance

Make an investment in our community, our neighborhoods, and film in Seattle for many years to come.