Seattle International Film Festival Acquires Uptown Theater

Historic movie palace will re-open on Oct. 20.

The Seattle International Film Festival has acquired the Uptown Theater in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood.

The historic theater, which opened in 1926 and was closed last winter, will re-open on Oct. 20 in conjunction with the grand opening of the new SIFF Film Center in Seattle Center.

The newly-opened theater will provide SIFF with increased seating capacity and three additional screens, allowing for more flexibility in its year-round programming. 

"On behalf of the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, we are especially pleased to endorse the acquisition of the Uptown Theater by the Seattle International Film Festival,” Chamber vice president Ann Pearce said. “We applaud their actions in preserving a valuable part of Seattle's Uptown neighborhood and creating more opportunities for Queen Anne community businesses.  Another wonderful forum for unique entertainment will now be available for residents and tourists alike to enjoy for years to come!"