SIFF Cinema Egyptian to debut with ‘biggest hits,’ free admission for new Capitol Hill neighbors

The reopening of Capitol Hill’s Egyptian Theatre in its new life as SIFF Cinema Egyptian will start with a weekend of modern art house classics from Amélie to Enter the Dragon.

SIFF announced the opening lineup this week and dropped details of the return of midnight movies — plus, free opening weekend admission for anybody who stops by a local Capitol Hill business before the show.

CHS broke the news in early August of SIFF’s October plan to reopen the Capitol Hill move theater following a successful $300,000+ fundraising drive. At the launch of this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, organizers announced they had secured a 10-year lease with Seattle Central College to occupy the 1916-built Egyptian after Landmark Theatres left the space last year.

In addition to the opening weekend lineup — which also includes a screening of the Japanese classic Kagemusha, the first feature movie shown when the Egyptian first opened as a theater in 1980 — SIFF announced the re-start of Friday and Saturday midnight movies just in time for Halloween season. Starting October 9th, the film nonprofit said it will also host the 2014 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival at the Egyptian.

A SIFF representative said standard ticket pricing at the Egyptian will be the same as the nonprofit’s Uptown theater: $12, plus $11 for youth/senior, and $7 for SIFF members. There will also be $9 bargain matinees. And, yes, you’ll be able to purchase beer and wine to add to your cinematic experience in the theater.

We’ll have more on the E Pine re-opening and the state of movie watching and film on Capitol Hill soon. The full announcement from SIFF is below. 


Opening weekend featuring biggest hits in theatre’s history

9/2/2014 | SIFF Cinema
SEATTLE — September 2, 2014 — On October 3, SIFF Cinema Egyptian will open its doors at its historic location at 801 East Pine Street.

The theatre kicks off with an opening weekend (October 3 – 5) of community screenings featuring the biggest movie hits in the history of the Egyptian, including the theatre’s longest running film (Amélie), the first movie to play at the Egyptian (Akira Kurosawa’s Kagemusha), and a special tribute to Bruce Lee, co-presented by the Wing Luke Museum.

SIFF Cinema comes to Capitol Hill full time thanks to the community who helped raise the funds necessary to bring this classic cinema back to life. To meet its new neighbors, SIFF Cinema Egyptian offers admission to the Oct 3 – 5 screenings for $5 or FREE with a receipt from any Capitol Hill business (dated October 1 – 5, 2014).

SIFF is also thrilled to announce the return of midnight movies for the month of October. Join us Fridays & Saturdays at the Witching Hour for some of our Halloween season favorites.

October 9 – 16, SIFF Cinema Egyptian will host the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, including a Hedwig & The Angry Inch Sing-Along on Friday, October 10 complete with free tambourines and gummy bears for all!

SIFF is also launching a new Student Membership, inspired by its new connection to Seattle Central Community College, but available to all qualifying students. Here’s the details:

Student Membership – $35 (Full amount is tax-deductible)

  • Discounted tickets at SIFF Cinema and the Festival
  • Popcorn punch card (5 free bags!)
  • 3-month trial subscription to Seattle Met
  • Must be purchased in person with valid student ID.

See you at SIFF Cinema Egyptian!

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9 thoughts on “SIFF Cinema Egyptian to debut with ‘biggest hits,’ free admission for new Capitol Hill neighbors

  1. What a fantastic way to come (back) into the neighborhood, with a great line-up of movies that reflect the history of The Egyptian as a film venue, encouraging sales at local businesses, and working with the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and the Wing Luke Museum. As a SIFF member, it’s great to have a SIFF venue so close to home. For those who are not members: If you love cinema, the membership pays for itself in no time. Long live The Egyptian!

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