When I moved to Seattle, the first theater I saw a movie in was the Egyptian. Used to large movie chains like Regal and Showcase Cinemas, I was amazed at the size of the one-screen space. And it had a balcony, too! The movie was An Education, which made a star out of Carey Mulligan. I even wrote about the experience here. Today, the Egyptian Theatre will show its final film, the appropriately titled Before Midnight — for indeed, the theater will usher its last patrons out shortly before midnight tonight. I saw the film on Saturday. On hand was the general manager of the Egyptian for 19 years, here on her last night.
In a way, both films describe what the Egyptian meant to me. My film education in Seattle started with An Education, and Before Midnight describes my movie-going habits. Unlike the Neptune Theatre, which ended its run as a Landmark Theatre with The Green Hornet (in 3D – ick!), the Egyptian gets to go out on a great film.
I don’t know what will happen to the theater after tonight. Seattle Central Community College owns the building, so perhaps they will turn the space into classrooms. If not, maybe it will continue to be used as a festival venue for the Seattle International Film Festival. All I know is, from festival films to year-round programming, the Egyptian Theatre will always remain one of my favorite movie theaters. Here then, in order, is every single picture I ever took of, and in, the Egyptian Theatre: