The 39th Seattle International Film Festival kicks off at McCaw Hall in less than 48 hours. Here are the venues you'll need to get to know to take in all the cinematic and star watching action over the next 3 weeks. See you at the movies! For detailed show times and ticketing information go to http://www.siff.net.
Situated in the heart of downtown the W is a swank place to spend the night, grab a bite or attend a fundraiser or special event. It also acts as SIFF headquarters each spring and is a great place to star gaze for 3 short weeks.
I'm about as far from a Daughter of the American Revolution as you can get but I always enjoy attending special events in this historic north Capitol Hill mini mansion. It's got 3 generous sized rooms with plenty of space for dancing, dining and drinking.
DAR is also the long time host to one of SIFF's best parties after the Centerpiece Gala.
An historic Uptown triplex built in the 20's made up to date in 2011 when SIFF took it over and added digital and 3D capabilities as well as juicing up the snack offerings to include locally made treats and sandwiches. Free parking is available for certain screenings simply by asking for a parking permit at the box office.
Become a SIFF member and see commercial and independent films at a $5 discount plus get invited to preview screenings sometimes with directors and actors in attendance.
This 1963 movie house was restored to it's former glory by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. It has state of the art projection, cushy seating, a small collection of science fiction memorabilia and a stellar snack bar (chocolate popcorn--yes please!)
A better venue than most multiplexes PP has stadium seating, dolby sound and a pioneer themed bar/restaurant. The best time to visit is during SIFF or any day before noon when matinees ring in at just $6.
Originally home to the Seattle International Film Festival - this huge 650 seat theater screens art house fare as well as midnight madness. It still plays host to many SIFF galas.
Historic movie house that plays hosts to first run independent and international films as well as reportedly ghosts. Arrive early and hang out in the large, comfortable lobby--fireplace included.
This gem of a venue presents live presentations across genres from around the country. They also serve as the Eastside hub of the Seattle International Film Festival.
I'm not much of a gambler so I head to the end of the casino to see the likes of Al Jarreau and Kool and the Gang live in concert in the ballroom. They also play host to events like food & wine tastings and special film screenings.
This jewel box of a cinema is located in SIFF's HQ on Seattle Center grounds and reads more like a Hollywood screening room than a commercial venue. That's a good thing since it means screenings are low key and intimate.
Tucked into the Mar Queen Hotel this newish cocktail lounge is a quiet spot to grab a cocktail before heading to the nearby theaters or the Key.
Sited in an historic building perched on a hill in the south end NAAM has fascinating exhibits that feature history, art & culture. Don't miss the tremendous genealogy library, the well stocked shop or the tasty cafe.
Community programs for all ages, private event spaces and free admission each first and second Thursday of the month are bonuses.
If you love music and you are tired of standing on concrete floors for hours on end hoping the band might start some day this is the venue for you. The room has full dinner and beverage service plus cushy seating, great sound and unobstructed site lines. They book great acts across genre and from around the country. They also play host to SIFF's Face the Music special events.
Roasted meats, fresh pasta, gorgeous salads and a fine wine list make this large airy and comfortable room a fine stop any time of day. They are also great community partners frequently hosting parties for both SIFF and the Jewish Film Festival.
The new Mohai has interactive exhibits to engage young,curious museumgoers. Visit on the first Thursday of each month and admission is free.