West Seattle Blog... » Admiral Theater http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:37:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 3 West Seattle landmarks get $ boost from Building for Culture http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/3-west-seattle-landmarks-get-boost-from-building-for-culture/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/3-west-seattle-landmarks-get-boost-from-building-for-culture/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2015 01:47:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330056

(WSB photo from February)
Three landmark buildings in West Seattle are getting a boost from a county cultural-grant program.

(SW Seattle Historical Society photo from May: Dennis Schilling, Alki Homestead owner, with logs for restoration)
Here’s the announcement from West Seattle’s County Councilmember Joe McDermott, one day before county and cultural leaders gather to celebrate the list of grants that includes these three:

Renovation of the Admiral Theater and restoration of the Alki Homestead highlight a list of the projects in West Seattle and throughout King County that will receive funding to help maintain their buildings and preserve the arts and heritage programs that are held inside.

“As a lifelong West Seattle resident, I grew up going to the Admiral Theatre and Alki Homestead,” said Council Vice Chair Joe McDermott. “I am proud to promote the rich cultural history in West Seattle through the Building for Culture grant program.”

The Admiral Theater received $95,000 towards a renovation that will see the number of screens double from 2 to 4. The 111 year old Alki Homestead was awarded $83,000 towards its complete restoration, after a fire destroyed it in 2009.

The funding for maintenance, repairs, and preservation were allocated from the Building for Culture Program and unanimously approved by the County Council. Building for Culture is a partnership between King County and 4Culture, King County’s cultural services agency, using bonds backed by the hotel-motel tax to build, maintain, expand, preserve, and improve new and existing cultural facilities.

After the Council approved the creation of the Building for Culture Program, 4Culture put out a request for proposals to nonprofit arts, heritage and cultural organizations and eligible public agencies, as well as owners of national-, state-, or local-designated or eligible landmark properties. 4Culture then convened independent peer panels composed of arts, heritage, and preservation professionals, and other community representatives to review applications and make the final selections.

Facilities receiving funding in West Seattle are:

Admiral Cinema LLC – Admiral Theater Renovation – $95,000
Delridge Neighborhood Development Association – Elevate Youngstown – $100,000
Dennis Schilling – Restoring the Alki Homestead – $83,000 $45,190 (correction from CM McDermott’s office on 11/24/2015)

The bonds supporting these projects are made possible by early retirement of the Kingdome debt. State law requires that hotel-motel tax revenues King County collects this year after repayment of the Kingdome debt be directed to arts and cultural programs.

Read more about the grant program here.

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Admiral Theater’s next step into the future: First laser projectors in service; farewell to film http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/admiral-theaters-next-step-into-the-future-first-laser-projectors-in-service/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/admiral-theaters-next-step-into-the-future-first-laser-projectors-in-service/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:50:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=314753

That photo shared by the Admiral Theater might not be oozing Hollywood glamour … but it’s the next big step toward the historic moviehouse’s bright-as-the-stars future. The Admiral’s two new laser digital projectors are here, and manager Dinah Brein says that the first audiences to see them “commented on how amazing the high definition, crystal clear, and bright screen resolution enhanced their viewing experience. No more platters, no more bad film prints, no more stoppage in the middle of the movie.” That’s because, Brein adds, “these two new projectors (with two more to come by the end of the year) utilize all new laser technology replacing the standard projector light bulbs used in most theaters. Now, with *all* the light energy coming from lasers … the on-screen image is bigger, brighter and better.” And it means the film days are almost over:

It’s been four months since The Admiral announced it had the green light to proceed with renovations that will turn it into a modernized four-plex; that in turn came a few months after it started showing first-run movies.

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FOLLOWUP: Admiral Theater expects digital projectors in June http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/followup-admiral-theater-expects-digital-projectors-in-june/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/followup-admiral-theater-expects-digital-projectors-in-june/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 21:52:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310218

(WSB photo: February marquee message at The Admiral, announcing the renovation plan)
The city-landmark Admiral Theater says its renovations – announced in February – are finally about to begin. It’s just announced that “two new state-of-the-art NEC Digital Laser Projectors will be installed early next month.” The theater’s announcement explains:

Laser technology offers an unparalleled viewing experience that is brighter, crisper and highlights the intensity of colors unlike traditional digital cinema projectors. In addition, moviegoers watching 3D films will view an image much brighter than is seen in systems now in use.

Utilizing a laser light source in lieu of traditional projector bulbs also extends the life of the projector and eliminates gradual dimming of images as a bulb begins to wear out.

“Everything we will be doing as a part of this renovation is designed to create a superior viewing experience and facility that while functionally modern, respects viewer comfort and the historical character of the theater,” said Jeff Brein of Far Away Entertainment, which operates and manages the theater. “We wanted the very best and latest projection technology to accompany what we’re planning with seating, sound, carpeting, new restrooms our concessions area and historical preservation. These initial laser projectors represent a first step in a journey that will culminate in a beautiful neighborhood theater.”

The permitting process for the Admiral will soon begin with the City of Seattle, while discussions with historical and neighborhood groups will be well underway this summer.

The Admiral says it’s now hoping to have renovations complete by this year’s holiday season.

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Curtain rises on Admiral Theater’s future: Agreement announced, renovations ahead http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/curtain-raises-for-admiral-theaters-future-agreement-announced-renovations-ahead/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/curtain-raises-for-admiral-theaters-future-agreement-announced-renovations-ahead/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:43:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302275

(WSB photo from 2013: Mural over The Admiral’s concession area)
After many months of uncertainly, finally a breakthrough for West Seattle’s historic Admiral Theater. The company that runs it has announced “an agreement in principle” with the building’s owner, clearing the path to its much-needed, long-anticipated remodel, which will turn it into a fourplex.

Though The Admiral’s announcement (read it in full here) says the “planned improvements (will) begin this fall,” it also notes “an immediate conversion from 35mm film to state-of-the-art digital cinema and Dolby Surround Sound.” That will be followed by “phased=in revisions of the interior floor plan, adding two auditoriums (with elevated stadium seating), all-new chairs with cup holders, new carpeting and curtains, new screens (including 3D capability), and improved heating, air conditioning and ventilation. Additional improvements will also be evident in the restrooms, concessions area and upstairs Crow’s Nest Lounge.”

The Admiral is a city landmark with protected features, and Jeff Brein, managing partner of Far Away Entertainment – the Bainbridge-based regional chain that has run The Admiral since 2008 – says the plan recognizes that: “The existing architectural features, nautical theme, original artwork of captains and explorers, and unique lighting fixtures will be retained. Additionally, and perhaps most exciting, hand-painted historic murals hidden behind curtains for over 35 years will be uncovered and with financial support from grants and the community restored to their original condition.”

The Admiral will continue to work with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, which worked to save the historic theater more than a quarter-century ago. And it expects to stay open “with minimal disruptions to moviegoers” during the work, which management hopes will lead to phased-in openings as soon as this August.

The theater started moving to first-run films with the successful premiere run of “Interstellar four months ago. That followed a long-running concern about a “ticking clock” as they waited for the now-secured longterm commitment so they could proceed with renovations, including an upgrade to digital projection.

P.S. We’ve asked for renderings of the Admiral’s future; not available yet, but soon, we’re told. For its almost-century-long backstory – dating back to its opening in 1919 as the Portola – check this 2013 story by SWSHS executive director Clay Eals.

ADDED 7:42 PM: Thanks to Clay for the tip on the customized marquee at the theater tonight, announcing the news – we went over to photograph it:

We also just heard back on one of our followup questions, to clarify the timeline: “The finished project should be done by end of summer, but one theater (actually 2) will be done before that. Also, digital projectors will be in by the end of March.”

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Admiral Theater update: More first-run movies on the way http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/admiral-theater-update-more-first-run-movies-on-the-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/admiral-theater-update-more-first-run-movies-on-the-way/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:57:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294953

(WSB photo, added Thursday afternoon)
If you don’t often check the schedule for West Seattle’s historic Admiral Theater, you might not have noticed yet, but the success of the “Interstellar” premiere run is bringing more first-run movies to The Admiral.

One big example: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies(trailer above) is on the way, starting December 16. As for the theater’s future – very much up in the air as of our update last month – the latest is that the current management is “in talks with the landlord to move forward with the lease toward a hopeful renovation.” Stand by for updates.

P.S. Following up on a reader question, we asked theater manager Dinah Brein if they’re planning a Christmas movie again this year. Doesn’t look like it, she says, given how busy they’ve been with all of the above, but she’s expecting to have a holiday donation drive of some sort later this month.

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‘Interstellar’ to blast off in Admiral Theater premiere tomorrow. Will it be moviehouse’s ‘last hurrah’? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/interstellar-to-blast-off-in-admiral-theater-premiere-tomorrow-will-it-be-moviehouses-last-hurrah/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/interstellar-to-blast-off-in-admiral-theater-premiere-tomorrow-will-it-be-moviehouses-last-hurrah/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 06:30:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290969

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

It’s a week of big events at West Seattle’s city-landmark Admiral Theater. None bigger than tomorrow, when the first-run “Interstellar” premieres with a sneak-peek screening at 8 pm.

Tonight, Admiral manager Dinah Brein and her crew were preparing the film reels for the screening.

It’s an hours-long task, but one that is a reminder of the reason they are getting “Interstellar” before the megaplexes, as reported here last month: The Admiral is one of just a few theaters still screening in 35mm, and that’s one of three film formats in which the producers are releasing the movie two days in advance.

Tuesday will come just three nights after a crowd jammed in for the final monthly “Rocky Horror Picture Show” shadow-cast-enhanced screening:

(Saturday night WSB photo by Torin Record-Sand)
That ended a 10-year run; the shadow-cast producers are moving to a venue in North Seattle.

And this all happens as a cloud of uncertainty hovers as if The Admiral’s distinctive nautical facade were mired in a fog bank.

On one hand, this premiere event should be cause for elation, as should other milestones, like a community-organized screening of the documentary “I Am Eleven” that sold out the house last Tuesday.

The result of some maintenance work and minor upgrades was evident when we stopped by tonight – including new house speakers (above), which mean that “Interstellar” will sound as good as its brand-new film print looks.

But as Admiral fans know, much more work is needed – is planned – but can’t be done because the theater’s management still doesn’t know whether it will be there beyond the end of this month. While they have a renovation plan that would turn The Admiral into a hub of not just first-run movies, but also other types of entertainment – as reported here in July – they still have no commitment from their landlord, they say.

“Utter frustration” is how Brein describes it. She says they are aware that property owner Marc Gartin has been “entertaining” potential new tenants for the building. It’s long been listed for lease, with its listing status currently described as “pending.” Brein says they were aware that a Portland theater owner was looking at it as of about a month ago, but they can’t get owner Gartin to return their calls or e-mails about whether a deal is going through, or whether he’ll commit to them continuing.

The theater business currently is part of Faraway Entertainment, a regional chain owned by Brein’s brother Jeff Brein, and she says the company has been actively looking for funding for the potential renovation project and are optimistic they could get it. They also are grateful to community members who have contacted them offering help in fundraising. But without the landlord committing to a lease – they’ve long been on month-to-month – they can’t pursue fundraising or other financing. They can’t even tell their employees whether they’ll have a job through the rapidly approaching holiday season. Brein expressed anger at Gartin’s reported non-communication, calling it “reprehensible.”

The deadline they’re facing is caused by the same situation that’s brought them the “Interstellar” premiere – the fact The Admiral has not converted to digital, with ever-fewer movies available on film. They’ve been waiting for a commitment and a lease so they could proceed with a significant investment for the conversion and other updates the two-screen theater needs.

In the short run, Dinah Brein says she’s excited about showing a first-run movie: “I could kiss (director) Christopher Nolan” for deciding to release it on film. She adds, “I really hope that all of our regular customers come out in force to watch this movie and support us here at the
theater. It may be our last hurrah. If so, we want to go out with a bang.”

“Interstellar” toplines for The Admiral’s run:

*8 pm Tuesday, then Wednesday-Saturday, screenings at 11 am, 2:30 pm, 6 pm, 9:30 pm (see theater website for showtimes beyond that)

*Two lines planned – cash-only and credit-card-only

*Tuesday night’s price, $10.25 for all tickets

*After that: Both matinees will be $8.50; seniors (65+) and kids (under 11) will be $8.50 all day

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Last chance to ‘Time Warp’ with ‘Rocky Horror’ at The Admiral http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/last-chance-to-time-warp-with-rocky-horror-at-the-admiral/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/last-chance-to-time-warp-with-rocky-horror-at-the-admiral/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:50:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290515

Saturday night – the night after Halloween – brings the end of an era at West Seattle’s historic Admiral Theater – the last of the monthly “Rocky Horror Picture Show” events with shadow cast, after a decade. From The Admiral’s Dinah Brein:

Saturday night, November 1, will mark the final live shadow-cast performance of the Vicarious Theater Company as they shadow-cast The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the Admiral Theater stage.

The cast has performed here for over ten years and many of the original cast members are still involved.

“We have enjoyed our time with the Vicarious Theater group immensely,” said theater manager Dinah Brein. “They’ve been like a family to us. We’ve watched many of the cast members meet, fall in love, and even get married from their time here at the Admiral. I think the only one that will be sorry to see them go is the janitor. That was a lot of rice and toast to clean up over 10 years. We could have probably fed a small country.”

Come say goodbye to the cast and catch the show, this Saturday night, November 1st. Doors open at 11:30 and the ticket price is $6.00 – cash only (exact change preferred). You must be at least 17 or accompanied by an adult to attend as the pre-show and the movie are rated. R.

In case you’re wondering, we talked to Dinah while stopping by The Admiral for the “I Am Eleven” event on Tuesday night; still nothing new to report re: the theater’s future.

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West Seattle scene: ‘I Am Eleven’ filmmaker at The Admiral http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scene-i-am-eleven-filmmaker-at-the-admiral/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scene-i-am-eleven-filmmaker-at-the-admiral/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:56:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290263

I AM ELEVEN – Official trailer 2014 from I Am Eleven on Vimeo.

At Admiral Theater tonight, a sold-out house – about 300 people – got a bonus after watching the documentary “I Am Eleven” – they got to talk with its filmmaker, Genevieve Bailey, and her co-producer Henrik Nordstrom:

We caught up with Bailey, who is from Australia, and Nordstrom in the Admiral lobby, just before the post-film discussion with the audience. She said they had been in Atlanta previously and just decided to come – a modest jaunt for Bailey, who made her film by spending six years traveling the world filming the lives of 11-year-olds. Tonight’s screening was arranged by West Seattleites Susanna Moore and Anita Lavine through the on-demand service Gathr.

ADDED: Nordstrom shared this photo of the 11-year-olds in the audience, invited up to the stage (as mentioned in comments):

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See it first, in West Seattle! ‘Interstellar’ to premiere at The Admiral http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/see-it-in-west-seattle-first-interstellar-to-premiere-at-admiral-theater/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/see-it-in-west-seattle-first-interstellar-to-premiere-at-admiral-theater/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:30:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288858

That’s the final trailer for “Interstellar” – which you’ll be able to see at West Seattle’s historic Admiral Theater before it hits the megaplexes. The Admiral’s announcement explains why (and when):

How exciting is this? Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures announced that the highly anticipated “INTERSTELLAR” from Christopher Nolan will be released in 70mm IMAX® film, 70mm film and 35mm film formats on Wednesday, November 5th, two days ahead of its nationwide release. Because the Admiral Theater is one of only a few theaters screening in 35 mm, we have been selected to premiere this highly anticipated holiday movie.

“In the past, we have always had to wait in line for a film to run its course in major chains before coming to us,” says Dinah Brein, Admiral Manager. “More and more, new films aren’t even being made in 35mm, so this is a huge treat for us, sort of an early ‘Thanksgiving blessing’.”

The Admiral will have a special sneak-peek showing of the movie, Tuesday, November 4th at 8:00 PM and then will show the movie multiple times beginning on Wednesday, November 5th. Ticket prices will be set at $10.25 for adults and $8.50 for seniors (65 and over) and children under 11. All screenings before 5:00 pm will be matinee priced at $8.50. Senior Tuesday discount does not apply and special tickets (Groupon, Living Social and Deal Flicks) will not be accepted for the run of the film.

“INTERSTELLAR” was shot using a combination of 35mm anamorphic film and 65mm IMAX film to maximize the crispness and clarity of the image and give the audience a truly cinematic and immersive experience. These advance engagements highlight those theaters presenting “INTERSTELLAR” in its native formats.

“INTERSTELLAR” stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, and Michael Caine. With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; travelling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. Directed by Christopher Nolan, written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, and produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Lynda Obst.

P.S. because you’re probably wondering: No new official news on The Admiral’s future.

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Admiral Theater’s future: ‘Ticking clock’ forcing decision soon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/admiral-theaters-future-ticking-clock-forcing-decision-on-its-fate/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/admiral-theaters-future-ticking-clock-forcing-decision-on-its-fate/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:57:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280371

(June WSB photo: Film-projection room at The Admiral)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

More than a year ago, we told you about the Admiral Theater‘s hopes of renovations to ensure the historic moviehouse’s future.

It hasn’t happened yet. And its management/ownership is acutely aware of a “ticking clock” sped up by the fact that – as they pointed out when we talked to them for the aforementioned story last year – film is going away as a method of delivering movies.

In a conversation with theater manager Dinah Brein, she explained they’ve already felt the effects. “Certain films weren’t even made in (film) like ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ so we have to wait for it to go to DVD (before we can) show it.” For some movies, that timetable is relatively fast – for some, it’s not. And only one of the Admiral’s theaters is DVD-capable.

The Admiral simply must convert to digital. (It’s not alone, as continuing national coverage has documented.)

And for that, they have to have a commitment from the building’s owner Marc Gartin that they’ll be there for the long haul.

Trying to secure that remains a work in progress, according to Dinah Brein.

If you look at commercial real-estate listings, the Admiral remains listed as “for lease” – a listing that’s been up for more than two years.

Admiral management says they know that showing first-run movies would be a viable business. It would more than make back the cost of renovations, according to a report they commissioned (and keep in mind, Admiral proprietor Jeff Brein – Dinah’s brother – runs a chain of successful community theaters around the region). The report, Dinah Brein told WSB, also “showed the movie business is not all doom and gloom – people still like the shared experience.”

But if you can’t get movies, you can’t show movies, and you have no business. So the Admiral has been “in limbo,” on a month-to-month lease, for a long time. And now, the no-more-film-soon situation is compounding matters – the “ticking clock” mentioned earlier. “There is no wiggle room,” as Dinah Brein put it.

They have been keeping the place going on a shoestring – a theater with inherent beauty, but features that need to be repaired, and, as the Breins told WSB last year, that can’t be repaired piecemeal – it’s a do-it-all-at-once project, projectors and seats and carpet, etc.

One way or another, the Admiral’s fate has to be and will be determined soon. “Our hands are tied until (the landlord) decides,” Dinah told WSB. “Our commitment is still to making it bigger and better than it’s ever been.” The plan first discussed in our report last year involves construction work to convert The Admiral into four auditoriums, with new seats, new carpeting, even some restoration of its historic murals.

If it doesn’t have a future as a movie theater, what might happen? The Admiral’s exterior, and parts of its interior, are under protection as a city landmark, so changes couldn’t be made without the Landmark Preservation Board‘s approval. (Details are in the ordinance designating The Admiral as a landmark more than 20 years ago – see it here.) But overall, the site is zoned for a more-dense use – NC2-40, “neighborhood commercial” with a building up to 40 feet. Around the city – Capitol Hill comes to mind, with multiple examples – conversions continue with historic facades preserved as hints of buildings’ history, as new, taller structures go up within them.

As longtime West Seattleites know, The Admiral has been in jeopardy before – the closure 25 years ago comes to mind (read about that in this SW Seattle Historical Society recap). What will the next chapter of its story be? The answer could be just weeks away, as the Breins have a meeting scheduled with their landlord next month.

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Save the date: ‘Awareness-raising’ orca film ‘Lolita’ screening at The Admiral http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/save-the-date-orca-movie-lolita-screening-at-admiral-theater/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/save-the-date-orca-movie-lolita-screening-at-admiral-theater/#comments Sun, 17 Nov 2013 18:03:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=256337

Mark your calendar for a free movie at the historic Admiral Theater – Thursday, December 5th. This isn’t a fundraiser, but rather an awareness-raiser. We learned about it from Dawn Clark, who says her high-school-senior daughter Keely and friend Angelica are so concerned about the captive killer whale known as Lolita – the last surviving Puget Sound-captured orca – that they are renting space at The Admiral to show a documentary made about her, “Lolita: Slave to Entertainment.” Here’s the trailer:

Activists around the world have been campaigning for Lolita to be set free. The awareness campaign even succeeded in getting a ferry being built right now at Vigor Shipyard on Harbor Island to carry her previous name, Tokitae. You can support the students’ efforts by coming to the movie on December 5th; doors open at 6:30 pm, movie at 7 pm. It’s not a movie for young children, so they’re promoting it for teens and adults; if you need an incentive besides free admission, they’re offering free desserts. “We’re not raising money, only awareness for her,” says the announcement Dawn shared. “Her story will touch your heart. There is a sanctuary waiting for her in the San Juan Islands. Help us get the word out.” (You can read about the proposed retirement sanctuary on the Orca Network‘s website.)

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West Seattle weekend scene: ‘Clutch’ premiere at The Admiral http://westseattleblog.com/2013/06/west-seattle-weekend-scene-clutch-premiere-at-the-admiral/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/06/west-seattle-weekend-scene-clutch-premiere-at-the-admiral/#comments Sun, 30 Jun 2013 06:52:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=156486

Notice the gleaming classic cars outside the Admiral Theater tonight? The show of muscle (cars) was only fitting for the public premiere of a movie said to include more than 150 vehicles. The movie is “Clutch,” a years-in-the-making project for West Seattleite Jay Rowlands, as we reported two months ago. Tonight, he held court at the crowded premiere:

(This photo and next two, shared by Jennifer – thanks!)
The crowd that gathered for red-carpet arrivals filled the Admiral’s lobby:

And some of the cars remained outside the theater during the screening:

If you missed the premiere, you can get the film on DVD or BluRay – it was just released this week and can be ordered right from the “Clutch” website’s home page.

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Got tickets yet? ‘Jaws’ @ Admiral Theater on Friday night http://westseattleblog.com/2013/06/got-tickets-yet-jaws-admiral-theater-on-friday-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/06/got-tickets-yet-jaws-admiral-theater-on-friday-night/#comments Tue, 18 Jun 2013 03:34:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=155127 It’s been a while since we’ve reminded you – but now we’re just four nights away from the benefit screening of “Jaws” at the Admiral Theater, so we’re reminding you again. As announced last month, it’s the kickoff of a benefit movie series (with co-sponsors including WSB) for the Mind Unwind Foundation‘s support of arts in education and for The Admiral’s renovations, and there’ll be a silent auction and art exhibit as well as the movie. 11 pm this Friday night, June 21st. Get your tickets online, here. 21+ only because of beer/wine sales. And save the dates for the second and third movies in the late-night series, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” July 27th, and “The Big Lebowski” on August 24th.

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‘Jaws,’ ‘Monty Python,’ more: Benefit series @ Admiral Theater http://westseattleblog.com/2013/05/jaws-monty-python-more-benefit-series-admiral-theater/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/05/jaws-monty-python-more-benefit-series-admiral-theater/#comments Wed, 29 May 2013 20:16:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=153052

(1975 trailer for “Jaws”)
Three more big-screen special events have been announced for the Admiral Theater – this time, movies and more, presented as benefits, explained by Mind Unwind‘s Krystal Kelley:

I am happy to announce a series of Art events that we are doing this summer at the Admiral Theater. This is a fundraiser to raise money for both the Admiral Theater’s renovations and for supporting Arts in Education through the Mind Unwind Foundation. It also helps support local artists!

Tickets for the first two events go on sale June 7th. First one:


Late-night showing of JAWS at 11:00 pm

Join us for a late showing of a classic movie, including intermission, wine/beer, silent auction and unique mixed media exhibit “Lost At Sea” by J. Conrad Nivens. 21+over event. Guests are encouraged to wear their finest DENIM!

Second event:


Monty Python & The Holy Grail at 11:00 pm

Join us for some friendly medieval fun. Late night showing of Monty Python & The Holy Grail at 11:00 pm, intermission, beer/wine, silent auction and original exhibit, “Holy Grail” by Dave Ryan of Manticore Stencil Art. Guests are encouraged to come dressed as medieval knights & wenches.

The third event will be a group art show with a showing of “The Big Lebowski” on August 24th. Krystal says that along with ticket sales, they’ll also be raising money by selling sponsorships; any businesses/organizations interested in sponsoring the series can sign up by going here.

P.S. If you missed our recent story about the Admiral’s renovation hopes, read it here. And to find out more about the Mind Unwind Foundation, go here. Related to its work, you’ll see a summer-long art-supply drive in The Admiral’s lobby, too.

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Another championship game: Big soccer, big screen, at Admiral Theater tomorrow (food drive, too) http://westseattleblog.com/2013/05/another-championship-game-big-soccer-big-screen-at-admiral-theater-tomorrow-food-drive-too/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/05/another-championship-game-big-soccer-big-screen-at-admiral-theater-tomorrow-food-drive-too/#comments Fri, 24 May 2013 21:43:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=152653

Another championship game happening tomorrow (Saturday, May 25th) – as shown on The Admiral Theater‘s marquee, and previewed here a week and a half ago, tomorrow is the day you can join the West Seattle Soccer Club for an open house and live screening of the 2013 UEFA Champions League final match between German powerhouses Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich. Doors open at 10:30 am and close when they reach capacity – but everybody’s welcome, first-come, first-served. No admission charge, but please bring a “kid-friendly food item” to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank. One change from the original announcement, according to WSSC’s Tim McMonigle (who also shared the marquee photo) – the kids’ movie (for children not interested in the game) is now a free bonus showing of “Oz, the Great and Powerful,” one of the Admiral’s current films. It’ll start at about 11 am, and end around the same time as the match, which starts around 11:45, after 11 am preliminaries.

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