About Us

Cinerama History

A Cultural Icon Since 1963

Combining sleek comfort and futuristic decor with breakthrough advances in motion picture technology, Cinerama opened just a year after the World’s Fair came to town. Over the decades, it became a favorite venue for Seattle moviegoers of all ages, from families to Star Wars buffs who camped out in line for weeks before a premiere.

Grand Opening, 1963
Grand Opening, 1963
Martin Cinerama opens with The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. The three-projector Cinerama technology offers audiences a thrillingly immersive visual experience and 7-track stereophonic sound.
From Cinerama to 70mm
From Cinerama to 70mm
Within months of opening, the theater is retrofitted to show single-projector 70mm films, including such hits as It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Krakatoa, East of Java.
Disrepair in the
Disrepair in the '80s and '90s
We maintain state-of-the-art equipment for showing movies in all formats, from the latest 2D and 3D blockbusters to classic 35mm, 70mm, and original 3-strip Cinerama films.
Cinerama Reopens, 1999
Cinerama Reopens, 1999
Our new Dolby Atmos audio system allows sounds to move around you in multidimensional space. Combined with our new Meyer Sound speaker system, it creates a truly immersive theater experience.
First-Run and Film Festivals
First-Run and Film Festivals
Cinerama becomes Seattle’s destination theater for blockbuster first-run movies, cult classics, and several film festivals, including the Science Fiction, Classic Films, Horror, and 70mm festivals.
2014 Massive Upgrade/Renovation
2014 Massive Upgrade/Renovation
Within months of opening, the theater is retrofitted to show single-projector 70mm films, including such hits as It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Krakatoa, East of Java.