Grand Illusion Seattle

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Grand Illusion – Longest-running indie cinema

Your search for the oldest independent movie house in Seattle is over! The Grand Illusion Cinema, opened in 1968 from a converted dentist office, is a film lovers’ institution—my favorite location to soak up foreign and small artistic films.

Located in the University District, the Grand Illusion is quirky. A small single screen, deep red velvet curtains and vintage upholstery contribute to its charming, if not slightly haunted, vibe. It also shares a bathroom with the Venezuelan restaurant next door (which, pro-tip, is the perfect place for a pre-screening meal).

However it’s Grand Illusion’s programming that makes it outstanding. From a month-long Jim Jarmusch retrospective to anniversary screenings of classic films like King Kong and Frankenstein, there are events on their calendar for every type of movie-goer.

With cheap tickets, cheaper snacks and an impressive history, Grand Illusion is a must-visit for any traveling cinema fan.

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Northeast 50th Street 1403, Seattle

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Ticket: USD 9


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)