Riding on the coattails of the momentous Century 21 Exposition of 1962, Cinerama was built in Belltown below the elevated path of the newly installed monorail and just a few blocks from the newly erected Space Needle. In the appropriate spirit of showcasing Seattle’s “futuristic” technology, the theater began screening 70mm films like 2001: A Space Odyssey on its huge, curved screen. In recent years, the Cinerama was purchased by billionaire Paul Allen, and underwent a major renovation in 2014. A revered local landmark, it’s one of only three movie theaters in the world still capable of showing films on a three-panel Cinerama screen.
First runner-up: SIFF Cinema Uptown
Second runner-up: Central Cinema
Honorable mention: Sundance Cinema, Grand Illusion Cinema
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