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Neptune Theatre

2006 Photo from the Darren Snow collection
Seattle Theatre Group
1303 NE 45th St
Seattle WA 98105
(877) 784-4849

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Record #2583  
 Opened: November 16, 1921
Capacity: 800 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Landmark Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Dave Felthous.

Built in 1921 in Seattle's University District, the 800-seat Neptune for years was operated as a second-run house by the Northwest arm of Fox West Coast Theaters. In the late 50s the theater changed hands and went through a series of owners, most of whom let the Neptune deteriorate. The theater then became part of the growing, Seattle-based Seven Gables circuit and operated as a repertory house for a period.

Then in 1993 the Neptune underwent a tasteful restoration and refurbishing that focused on the King Neptune ornamentation of the oval auditorium. It reopened as a first-run house with "Grumpy Old Men." One of Seattle's most charming cinemas, the Neptune has a crisp, clean look, with gold, ivory and black the dominant colors in the auditorium. Carpet, seats and, yes, even the floor are black, although the floor paint has not held up. Most recently home to blockbuster films like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," the Neptune was the first Seattle theater to be equipped with Sony Dynamic Digital Sound.

Landmark closed the Neptune on January 30, 2011. It reopened on June 17 with a musical performance by Mark Lanegan.

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August 2009 photos from the Scott Neff collection.

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March 2006 photos from the Darren Snow collection.

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2001 photos from the Dave Felthous collection.

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