Aurora Cinema Grill
2001 Photo from the Dave Felthous collection
13000 Linden Ave N|
Seattle WA 98133
|Record #2567 |
Opened: April 5, 1974|
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Aurora Cinema|
| Previously operated by: General Cinema Theatres, Entertainment Film Works|
Information for this tour was contributed by Dave Felthous.
One of the first multiplexes in the Seattle area, the General Cinema's Aurora Cinema opened as a plain, two-screen theater in the spring of 1974 with "The Sting" and a reissue of Disney's "Alice in Wonderland." One auditorium had about 600 seats, the other a little more than 400. In 1977, the larger auditorium was divided into two tunnel-like theaters.
GCC did not upgrade the Aurora over the years, except to install Dolby in order to get a first-run booking of "Return of the Jedi" in 1983, and allowed it to deteriorate. In the late 90s GCC joined with a restaurant chain to create a Cinema Grill in the theater, which underwent major remodeling to install a full kitchen and tiered floors so diners could view the film without obstructions. Analog Dolby was added to the two smaller theaters.
In January 2001 GCC pulled out of the arrangement, but the theater continued to operate. Despite doing well on weekends, the theater did not perform over the long haul and closed in March 2002.
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