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.
This week Broadway Hill Park advocates have two opportunities to come support and view the final design and development of the new park, which will be extended to the corner of Federal and Republican Street. Landscape architects and site developers will be at the park to unveil the final design, and on hand for questioning tonight from 6-7:30pm, and on Sunday October 7th from 1-2:30pm.
If you can make it to the viewing, your attendance could be added as a contribution to the park, and demonstrates community involvement with it’s development, and will coincide with matching the grant funding for this project. If attendees sign in and stay for at least an hour towards helping the project, and funding the operation. According to the Capitol Hill Blog, the design unveiling will be the first time that a plan including a natural play area, and a community garden space will be shared publicly. Curious about the park’s future design now? Here is a sneak preview.
Is it summer yet? We’ve seen a glimmer here and there, but the folks at Cupcake Royale are happy with what they can get this summer, and taking the opportunity to launch ice cream in all 6 of their store fronts.
The delectable cupcake gurus are now offering flavors such as “cupcakes n cream” as their signature flavor, and will have many other unique flavors such as their “whiskey maple bacon crack” made with locally sourced Woodinville Whiskey, and Zoe’s meats bacon, “Bonanza” made with bananas homemade brownies and caramel, burnt caramel and sea salt, and red velvet cupcake; yum! The newest store front is located at 108 pine street downtown and will open this Saturday, but until then will have a food cart outside the store front serving scoops from noon-8pm. The Ballard, Capitol Hill, and Bellevue locations will have scoops, shakes cones and sundaes on their menu, and all other locations will have pints to go.
The Capitol Hill tunnel boring project is making quite a mess on the streets above, in the form of grey sludge. A manhole created for soil sampling on Boylston Ave and E. Pike St. spewed soil and soapy water onto the streets and on cars yesterday, leaving a grayish film on the surroundings. The mixture is used to soften clay soil for the drill. Those who ended up with dirty cars have been provided vouchers for car washes. For more info, see the full article here.
Last week, Dante Piggee, crashed his BWM in North Capitol Hill while driving drunk and fled the scene with his two young children in his arms. He was eventually arrested and is being charged with drunken driving, hit-and-run, reckless endagerment and driving with a suspended license. This isn’t the first time Dante Piggee has had a run in with the cops and according to court records he has been charged 50 times since he was 10. Please click on the following link for the Seattle Times article, to learn more.
Capitol Hill, together with First Hill, Madison Park, Madison Valley, Madrona, Denny Blaine and Montlake reduced their waste by 19% in a period tracked from 2009/2010. And because of that, the Arboretum is getting a new playground thanks to a $50,000 prize. CleanScape, which collects waste for 60,000 residents in Seattle, sponsored the contest.
The competition is running again this year and ends this Fall. To learn more about the competition or ideas how to reduce waste go to CleanScape’s website. But if Capitol Hill and the surrounding Seattle neighborhoods wants to win again, then we need to start reducing our waste even more. Currently, the neighborhoods in the northeast Seattle are leading this year’s competition.