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Broadway Market Cinemas

2001 Photo from the Dave Felthous collection
401 Broadway E
Seattle WA 98102

Record #2569  
 Opened: 1988
 Closed: 2002
 Current Use: Fitness Center
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Capitol Hill
 Previously operated by: Landmark Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Dave Felthous.

Originally called the Capitol Hill Cinemas when it opened in the Broadway Market shopping complex, the name aimed to avoid confusion with the Broadway Theater down the street. The cinemas switched to the mall name when the older theater was converted to a drugstore.

The Broadway Market is a rather plain but comfortable fourplex with two auditoriums in the 350-seat range and two with fewer than 100. A visual highlight is the stylized mural of the Seattle citycape painted wall to wall in the lobby behind the snack bar.

The cinema, in the heart of the gay community, programmed arthouse and offbeat fare, including films aimed at gay audiences.

Having lost its lease to Gold's Gym, the 14-year-old Broadway Market closed on April 21, 2002. Appropriately, free showings of The Last Picture Show were shown. This leaves Seattle's most densely populated neighborhood with only two cinemas, the two-screen Harvard Exit and the single-screen Egyptian.

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Photos from the Scott Neff collection.

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