ADMIRAL THEATER: First renovated screen to debut tonight


If you’re planning to go to the Admiral Theater tonight, you might be among the first to see a film on a brand-new screen. Via reader tips/questions, and then confirmation with theater management, we learned that the Admiral is debuting the first of its new auditoriums tonight – one of the two it’s been working on for the past few months, as the landmark moviehouse is transformed into a four-screen theater, with stadium seating and other state-of-the-art touches.


We stopped in for photos after confirming with the Admiral that they plan to launch the first new auditorium tonight, with the 6:30 pm showing of “Fantastic Beasts.” This is the one where old “applique murals” were uncovered during renovation work:


With the new auditorium coming online, The Admiral is back to showing two movies at a time (“Doctor Strange” is continuing right now – see the schedule here). We’re told the other new auditorium should be ready sometime next week. Once the two new ones are both in operation, then work can begin on dividing the remaining older one.

17 Replies to "ADMIRAL THEATER: First renovated screen to debut tonight"

  • wsmortician November 18, 2016 (5:37 pm)

    AWESOME!! Looks great! Do we know what the seating capacity of each auditorium will be? 

  • Neighbor November 18, 2016 (6:01 pm)


  • JanS November 18, 2016 (6:16 pm)

    nice !

  • movie goer November 18, 2016 (7:46 pm)

    Yay! New chairs!

  • Seattlite November 18, 2016 (8:08 pm)

     Are the zodiac signs back on the ceiling?

    • RayWest November 19, 2016 (4:23 am)

      I believe the zodiac art was lost during the first “renovation” in the 70s, along with the chandelier. Pity. I’m so happy to see the murals  back.  I can’t wait to see everything. 

  • Heidz November 19, 2016 (12:55 pm)

    I’m curious, with the stadium seating and stairs, are there still wheelchair accessible seats in the middle of the theater seating or are all wheelchair users now relegated to the very back row? 

    • WSB November 19, 2016 (1:19 pm)

      I wish I had answers for some of the questions here but I don’t, so I hope that if anyone actually went last night (or today) they might know! Otherwise, we’ll check back for unanswered questions after another day or two and seek answers for a followup. – TR

    • WS Mom November 19, 2016 (4:00 pm)

      Went last night. The answer is yes it is wheel chair accessible.  Very comfy seats.  It was great.  Can’t wait until all the “Piers” are open.

      • Heidz November 22, 2016 (8:37 pm)

        Thank you for the info WS Mom!

    • Marie November 20, 2016 (5:11 am)

      The photo appears to show that the accessible seating location is the same with access to the mid emergency exit doors.

  • Tamea Duckworth November 19, 2016 (4:40 pm)

    So happy that this is happening here in West Seattle! I love that we are trying to keep some of the original parts intact! Congrats on all the hard work to make this happen!!!

  • Dave Fox November 19, 2016 (7:48 pm)

    This is wonderful. A long time in coming, but obviously worth the wait. My son works at a nearby restaurant which has noticed a drop in business while the Admiral was down to one screen. Good for the whole neighborhood!

  • Gina November 20, 2016 (9:05 am)

    Yay! I’ve been wanting to see Dr. Strange, but on my last visit had to stand in the back row due to the seats being so painful for my back. There were only three or four other people in the auditorium. Wish it had been possible to return it to one auditorium for multiple uses, but glad it wasn’t torn down.

  • Elton V Pinto November 21, 2016 (9:46 pm)

    Went last night, the seats are great!! Fantastic Beasts is great, too. I really hope the new owners show some films during  the SIFF Festival (yes, I know that’s rerundant) !! The Admiral is way better than the Ark Lodge where they had some films last festival. 

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