Movies at the Mural | Photo: Alan Krell

Movie Nights

For film buffs, there’s a lot to love in Seattle. The myriad outdoor summer movie series found around town are proof of Seattle’s love affair with the silver screen.

Alan Krell

Alan Krell

Fremont Outdoor Cinema (3501 Phinney Ave N; fremontoutdoormovies.com), Movies at the Mural (*305 Harrison St; seattlecenter.com/moviesatthemural), Movies at Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE; epiceap.com/seattle-outdoor-movie), and West Seattle Outdoor Movies (4410 California Ave SW; wsmovies.org) load their lineups with family-friendly films as well as blockbuster hits. Meanwhile, Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema (*1635 11th Ave; threedollarbillcinema.org) focuses on campy cult classics, and Redhook Brewery’s Moonlight Cinema (*14300 NE 145th St, Redmond; redhook.com) serves up comedies for the imbibing set.

When the time comes to cozy up in fall, movie lovers head indoors. Spring’s Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) has three permanent homes: SIFF Cinema Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave N, siff.net) is the main hub in Queen Anne, SIFF Film Center (305 Harrison St, siff.net) hosts smaller features a couple of blocks away at Seattle Center, and the majestic SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E Pine St, siff.net) captures an old-school moviegoing experience on Capitol Hill. Cinerama (2100 Fourth Ave; cinerama.com) is a single-screen marvel equipped with the best technology and cushiest seats in town. (Psst! The chocolate popcorn is pretty great, too.) For more indie fare, Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave; nwfilmforum.org) hosts new features, obscure gems, and interesting festivals that you won’t see anywhere else.

But if you just can’t pass up that classic dinner-and-a-movie duo, you’re still in luck. The Central District’s Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave; central-cinema.com) and downtown’s Big Picture (2505 First Ave; thebigpicture.net) are two establishments that serve patrons pizzas, burgers, and booze during the feature presentation.

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