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Ark Lodge Cinemas

2007 Photo from the Dave Felthous collection.
4816 Rainier Ave S
Seattle WA 98118
(206) 721-3156

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Record #26113  
 Opened: 2004
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Columbia City Cinema

Information for this tour was contributed by Dave Felthous.

This charming single-screen cinema opened in May 2004 in a former Masonic Temple in the re-emerging Columbia City neighorhood of south Seattle. Owned by Paul Doyle, long associated with independent film houses in Seattle (he ran the Grand Illusion for 20 years), the theater is miles from competition so has its pick of the best first-run films.

The cinema is on the second floor of a beautiful brick building. The auditorium seats 204 and has DTS sound. A lounge, with funky, overstuffed 1950s furniture, provides a spacious gathering place for people waiting for the next show. Paintings from a nearby art gallery hang on the high, red walls. Large windows and ceiling chandeliers make the room bright in any weather.

The auditorium retains the Greek wall columns from the Masons' days, with burgundy curtains between each. The snack bar is a throwback to another era, with popcorn made with peanut oil and served in brown paper bags. Food prices are low, and tickets are a few dollars less than what the megaplexes charge for the same movies.

Closed on May 5, 2011, the theater re-opened as the Ark Lodge Cinemas on December 8, 2012.

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Last featured 6/11/2006. Last edited 12/11/2022.

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