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SIFF to reopen Egyptian Theatre in October

By this fall, Pike/Pine’s iconic movie theater should be back in action. The nonprofit Seattle International Film Festival announced Wednesday it would open Capitol Hill’s Egyptian Theatre for regular programming on October 1st under the new name, SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

The announcement came as SIFF continues its fundraising campaign launched in June to raise money for critical repairs to the theater. So far SIFF has raised $340,000, exceeding its $300,000 goal.

SIFF and the Egyptian share an extended back-story — the nonprofit had once owned and operated the theater and for decades the Egyptian has played host to SIFF’s massive annual film festival.

“To come full circle and have a home once again at the Egyptian means so much to me personally, and to everyone at SIFF,” said SIFF’s artistic director Carl Spence in a statement. “We are excited to reopen the SIFF Cinema Egyptian in October and look forward to being an active member of the Capitol Hill community.”

At the launch of this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, 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.

Many hope SIFF’s Egyptian takeover will be a doubling of their successes at Queen Anne’s SIFF Cinema Uptown.  SIFF announced plans to buyout the Uptown earlier this year after occupying it for several years.

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