At 11:55 p.m. Saturday night, the staff of The Egyptian Theatre opened their doors to a crowd of around 100. They welcomed the Capitol Hill movie-goers into the 98-year old building for a screening of the European cut of Brazil, the last midnight movie the theater will host before it goes dark next Thursday.
First in line at the screening, Ande Harwood said she has been to “several dozen or so” midnight screenings at the Egyptian.
“It’s part of what makes Seattle amazing, and we won’t have it,” she said.
Scott Adams said he comes to the midnight movies about twice a month. Adams works the night shift, he said, and the late timing fits his schedule.
“It’s really sad,” he said. “This building is like 100 [expletive] years old. They’d better not tear it down.”
Evan Evanovitch and a companion stood around the corner on Harvard Ave busking from an alcove near the end of the line. As the crowd entered the theater, Evanovitch began to pack up his instruments. It was his first time playing for the line at an Egyptian midnight movie, he said.
“It came out of the blue, like could that happen?” he said. “Could the Egyptian really close?”
Evanovitch said he had been to a midnight move at the Egyptian fairly recently.
“Well, apparently not recently enough,” he said.
The Landmark Theatres chain has said it will continue the midnight screening series at the Egyptian’s sister theater Harvard Exit sometime next month.
CHS reported on Friday the latest details of Seattle Central’s search for a new tenant for The Egyptian after the theater chain decided not to renew its lease on the former Masonic temple. A Landmark representative said the chain will keep the theater open through Thursday, June 27th. Though a promotional flyer for the midnight series advertised that the theater would host a screening of Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s The Dark Crystal next week, theater employees said that screening has been canceled.