Seattle’s Egyptian Theater will be closing its doors for good after showing its last movie on June 27th. After 20 years on Capitol Hill, a new lease agreement could not be reached with the Seattle landmark. It is not easy for single screen theaters to compete with all of the major theater companies showing several movies multiple times a day in today’s economy and so it must close.
The Egyptian is a 600 seat single screen theater that opened in 1915 as a Masonic Temple. In the early 1980’s SIFF began using the theater and since 1989, Landmark Theaters has shown foreign films, documentaries and restored classics. Seattle Central Community College bought the building in 1992 and is a separate business entity from the school and it’s closing will have no effect on the school or students. Someone will end up renting it.