Cinephiles all over town are venturing into dark spaces to take part in this month’s annual binge-watching experience—the Seattle International Film Festival (through June 11)—and to see the first of the summer’s blockbusters. These days, they expect more than a creaky seat and stale popcorn, and luckily, some movie houses have upped their game. It's been a tough week for beloved local movie theaters. But here’s where you can still find an elevated moviegoing experience.
Downtown, 2100 Fourth Ave.; 206.448.6680; cinerama.com. Average ticket price: $16
What it offers: Seattle-centric concession stand that includes goodies from Theo Chocolate and Seattle Cider, and signature chocolate popcorn; plush, reclining, reserved seats; laser projection; wheelchair seating and other accommodations that ensure accessibility.
Don’t miss: The tidy, gender-neutral bathroom located directly outside the screening room streams your film’s audio, so you don’t miss a minute.
University District, 4500 Ninth Ave. NE; 206.633.0059; sundancecinemas.com. Average ticket price: $14.50
What it offers: Luxurious, leather-appointed lobby; A+ bar and concessions; cushy, roomy, reserved seating; 21-and-older audience only.
Don’t miss: “Orca Card” Mondays and “Girls’ Night Out” Tuesdays, when tickets are just $6.
Downtown, 2505 First Ave.; 206.256.0566; thebigpicture.net. Average ticket price: $12.75
What it offers: Lounge and bar for pre-movie enjoyment; seat-side cocktail delivery during the show; cheddar or truffle butter popcorn by the Champagne bucketful; 21-and-older audience only.
Don’t miss: The Bagels & Bloodys special on select Sundays: $18 for a movie ticket, bagel and cream cheese, and your choice of a Bloody Mary, mimosa or beer.
Redmond, 16541 NE 74th St.; 425.636.5601; ipictheaters.com. Average ticket price: $16
What it offers: Local, organic, made-to-order food alongside beer, wine, and cocktails.
Don’t miss: Seat-side table service available at the Premium Plus VIP ticket level, available with an $11-per-ticket surcharge.
AMC Factoria 8
Bellevue, 3505 Factoria Blvd. SE; 425.641.3461; amctheatres.com. Average ticket price: $11
What it offers: Premium power recliner seating; free and easy parking.
Don’t miss: Space-age soda machines for customizing endless flavor options.
Port Townsend, 235 Taylor St.; 360.385.1089; rosetheatre.com. Average ticket price: $10
What it offers: The Starlight Room, a unique venue with an eclectic selection of décor and seating (sofas, armchairs), cocktails and food (including gluten-free choices) for a 21-and-older crowd.
Don’t miss: The boat! The quickest way to Port Townsend is via the Edmonds/Kingston or the Seattle/Bainbridge ferry (depending on where you live in Seattle).