Best Cinema: Cinerama

The people have spoken.

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

Read about the rest of the Best of Seattle Reader Poll winners here. If you didn’t get a chance to vote this go-round, make sure your voice is heard next year. Email us at and we will let you know when nominations open for BoS 2017.

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