Seattle’s Grand Illusion Cinema in one of the most charming in the city. A jewel box theater located on the corner of University Way and 50th St NE, the Grand Illusion is Seattle’s cutting edge art house theater screening everything from critical world documentaries to some of the wildest genre films around.
Originally converted from an old dentist’s office in 1967, owner Randy Findlay opened it’s doors a year later as the city’s first art house and revival cinema. Year after year, students of the University of Washing and all around have been fortunate to experience alternative cinema like they may never had the chance to otherwise. Even to this day, the Grand Illusion screens film that rides on the cusp and pushes the limits of cinema.
A nonprofit film arts organization, the Northwest Film Forum, saved the theater from closure in 1997, remodeled it, and revitalized interest in the venerable institution. Since 2004, a strong group of dedicated staff and volunteers focus attention and energy on continuing the tradition of this treasured cinema. Over the years, literally hundreds of cinema classics, rarities and truly independent cinema from around the world have been presented in the charming confines of The Grand Illusion Cinema.