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Special Events and Series

Saturday Secret Matinees

Recreate the magic of Saturday matinees from yesteryear. Every Saturday through March 30th, come watch an episode of a classic weekly serial followed by a feature, all on 16mm film!

MASKING RULES & GUIDELINES

  • Masks remain required for weekend screenings before 6pm and for select special event screenings as noted.
  • Masks are encouraged for all other screenings, but not required.
  • Why are we doing this?
    Our aim is to make seeing movies here safe and comfortable for everyone. In addition, the cinema is operated 100% by volunteers and we are trying to keep them healthy!

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Winter Kills in 35mm

William Richert · 1979
97min · 35mm
  • Friday, Feb 23, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Feb 25, 2024, 3:45pm
  • Sunday, Feb 25, 2024, 8:15pm
  • Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, Feb 29, 2024, 7:30pm

You've made it past the midway point of winter! Come celebrate with a showing of William Richert's rarely-screened black comedy thriller on a new 35mm print!

This thinly veiled and hyper-paranoiac take on the JFK assassination stars Jeff Bridges as Nick Kegan, scion of a fabulously wealthy and powerful family headed by patriarch Pa Kegan (a scene-stealing John Huston), a character based on Joe Kennedy. Bridges soon finds himself going down multiple rabbit holes while trying to unravel the conspiracy behind the murder of a U.S. president, his older brother.

This new 35mm print, the first struck in over 40 years, was supervised by legendary cinematographer John Bailey, the movie’s camera operator. Bailey also photographed additional scenes a year later when Vilmos Zsigmond was unavailable.

Winter Kills is, above all, an exercise in tone—a crazed, hectic tone that instantly suggests a world irreparably out of whack. What lends the movie substance is the cinematic style that Richert crafts from its dramatic premise.” Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“It seems to have grown even bolder with age in its willingness to take on sacred cows in the craziest manner imaginable.” Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com

“Exemplifies one of the best things in life: A WILD TIME AT THE MOVIES.” Patrick Dahl, Screen Slate

Claudine

John Berry · 1974
92min · 4K DCP
  • Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Feb 25, 2024, 6:00pm
  • Monday, Feb 26, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024, 7:30pm

50th anniversary!

Diahann Carroll is radiant in an unforgettable, Oscar-nominated performance as Claudine, a strong-willed single mother, raising six kids in Harlem, whose budding relationship with a gregarious garbage collector (an equally fantastic James Earl Jones) is stressed by the difficulty of getting by in an oppressive system. As directed by the formerly blacklisted leftist filmmaker John Berry, this romantic comedy with a social conscience deftly balances warm humor with a serious look at the myriad issues—from cycles of poverty to the indignities of the welfare system—that shape its characters’ realities. The result is an empathetic chronicle of both Black working-class struggle and Black joy, a bittersweet, bighearted celebration of family and community set to a sunny soul soundtrack composed by Curtis Mayfield and performed by Gladys Knight & the Pips.

This film is Unstreamable! You’ll have to watch it with us or rent or buy the physical release to see it (legally!).

Claudine is a valuable document of ’70s-era Harlem lives that pays admirable respect to the neighborhood’s grim realities. It’s a compelling watch and it boasts performances that leave impressions upon the heart long after the film is over.” Imran Khan, PopMatters

“[It] changed my life… it’s one of the first slices of Black life that I saw that made me want to be a filmmaker because something about it said, ‘Now, that’s real.’ Those other films … didn’t really resonate with me, [but] that one really did.” actor/director Robert Townsend, as heard on KCRW’s The Treatment, hosted by Elvis Mitchell

The Teachers’ Lounge

Ilker Çatak · 2023
98min · DCP
  • Friday, Mar 1, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, Mar 2, 2024, 4:30pm
  • Sunday, Mar 3, 2024, 3:15pm
  • Sunday, Mar 3, 2024, 8:15pm
  • Monday, Mar 4, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Mar 6, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, Mar 7, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, Mar 9, 2024, 4:30pm
  • Sunday, Mar 10, 2024, 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024, 7:30pm

Academy Award nominee for Best International Feature Film!

Carla Nowak (Leonie Benesch) is a dedicated, idealistic young teacher in her first job at a German middle school. Her relaxed rapport with her seventh-grade students is put under stress when a series of thefts occur at the school, and a staff investigation leads to accusations and mistrust among outraged parents, opinionated colleagues, and angry students. Caught in the middle of these complex dynamics, Carla tries to mediate—but the more she tries to do everything right, the more desperate her position becomes.

In German with English subtitles.

The Teachers’ Lounge is a pulse-pounding exploration of the ways we draw lines between enemies and friends, and the courage it takes to blur them.” Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

“A taut, fascinating drama about the hills we choose to die on.” Candice Frederick, Huffington Post

Saturday Secret Matinees 2024

Various directors & countries · 1925-1966
120min · 16mm
  • Saturday, Jan 6, 2024, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Jan 13, 2024, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Jan 20, 2024, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Jan 27, 2024, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 3, 2024, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 10, 2024, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 17, 2024, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Mar 2, 2024, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Mar 9, 2024, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Mar 16, 2024, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Mar 23, 2024, 1:00pm
  • Saturday, Mar 30, 2024, 1:00pm

Presented by The Sprocket Society.

The Saturday Secret Matinees are back for an epic 16th season, with weekly serial episodes plus secret classic features, all on 16mm film! Save with a series pass!

In FLASH GORDON’S TRIP TO MARS (1938), galactic dictator Ming the Merciless has escaped certain death and fled to Mars! Aided by the evil Queen Azura, Ming is destroying Earth as a mere stepping stone in a new war of interplanetary death and conquest! Intrepid Flash Gordon, steadfast Dale Arden, and super-genius Professor Zarkov once again fly between worlds and against all odds in a desperate bid to stop Ming’s ruthless campaign of fascist doom! Rarely screened, this second of the three Flash Gordon serials is considered among the best cliffhangers ever made.

Each week’s show also includes a secret feature film. Bi-weekly themes provide clues, but it could be almost anything: mysteries, sci-fi, art house, or monsters; a forgotten gem or a beloved classic.

Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars is “a nearly ideal sequel…it’s also a nearly ideal serial. …It balances good acting, atmosphere, action, and plotting in such fine style that it would still be a notable achievement if it were the sole entry in the Flash Gordon series.” – The Files of Jerry Blake

“The beauty of the film is that it manages to outshine its extremely primitive background and create a world of pure wonder.” – Moria Reviews

Jan. 6: Flash vs. Ming: The epic begins!

Jan. 13 & 20: Forgotten British Sci-Fi
Lost gems from across the pond

Jan. 27 & Feb. 3: Weimar Noir
Dark tales from a dark time, by German masters

Feb. 10 & 17: Revenge Westerns
Two legendary actors redefining the genre for grown-ups 

Feb. 24 & Mar. 2: Deadly Intrigues
Life or death plots and thrilling battles in the distant past 

Mar. 9 & 16: Pulp Detectives Strike!
Dime magazine faves in B-movie mysteries

Mar. 23 & 30: Kookoo for Kaiju
Japanese giant monster classics

Concrete Utopia

Um Tae-hwa · 2023
130min · DCP
  • Saturday, Mar 2, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Mar 3, 2024, 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, Mar 5, 2024, 7:00pm

South Korea's submission to this year's Academy Awards!

After a massive earthquake, Seoul has swiftly been reduced to rubble. Everything in the city has collapsed, except for one building. Hwang Gung Apartments remains standing, as it was before that day. When survivors from the outside hear of this, they begin to gather at Hwang Gung Apartments. However, the original residents of the building start to feel threatened. Banding together for the sake of their survival, they elect ‘Young-tak’ as their Resident Delegate. Under his leadership, they strictly ban entry by outsiders and draw up a new set of Resident Regulations. Thanks to this, in contrast to the hellish nightmare outside, Hwang Gung Apartments stands as a safe and peaceful utopia for its residents. But amidst the continual threats to their survival, unexpected conflicts begin to arise among them...

In Korean with English subtitles.

CRITIC’S PICK! Shot through with shards of dark humor, Concrete Utopia observes how quickly we dehumanize the needy when they threaten our survival — and asks if we can be blamed for doing so.” Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“Disturbingly and crushingly human.” Candice Frederick, Huffington Post

“With brilliant performances and a balanced, harrowing story to propel it, Concrete Utopia isn’t just one of the best films of the year: it may be the best disaster thriller in years.” Lyvie Scott, Inverse

Coming Soon

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371473: 2024-02-26 19:30:00
371467: 2024-02-27 19:30:00
371473: 2024-02-28 19:30:00
371467: 2024-02-29 19:30:00
367863: 2024-03-01 19:30:00
357669: 2024-03-02 13:00:00
367863: 2024-03-02 16:30:00
373501: 2024-03-02 19:00:00
367863: 2024-03-03 15:15:00
373501: 2024-03-03 17:30:00
367863: 2024-03-03 20:15:00
367863: 2024-03-04 19:30:00
373501: 2024-03-05 19:00:00
367863: 2024-03-06 19:30:00
367863: 2024-03-07 19:30:00
375434: 2024-03-08 19:00:00
376944: 2024-03-08 21:30:00
357669: 2024-03-09 13:00:00
367863: 2024-03-09 16:30:00
375434: 2024-03-09 19:15:00
376128: 2024-03-09 21:30:00
375434: 2024-03-10 15:30:00
367863: 2024-03-10 18:00:00
375434: 2024-03-10 20:15:00
375434: 2024-03-11 19:30:00
367863: 2024-03-12 19:30:00
375434: 2024-03-13 19:30:00
375434: 2024-03-14 19:30:00
377143: 2024-03-15 19:00:00
377148: 2024-03-15 21:30:00
357669: 2024-03-16 13:00:00
375434: 2024-03-16 15:45:00
377143: 2024-03-16 18:00:00
377148: 2024-03-16 20:30:00
377143: 2024-03-17 15:30:00
375434: 2024-03-17 18:00:00
377148: 2024-03-17 20:15:00
377148: 2024-03-18 19:15:00
377143: 2024-03-19 19:15:00
357669: 2024-03-23 13:00:00
357669: 2024-03-30 13:00:00

How to Have Sex

Molly Manning Walker · 2023
91min · DCP
  • Friday, Mar 8, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Mar 9, 2024, 7:15pm
  • Sunday, Mar 10, 2024, 3:30pm
  • Sunday, Mar 10, 2024, 8:15pm
  • Monday, Mar 11, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Mar 13, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, Mar 14, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, Mar 16, 2024, 3:45pm
  • Sunday, Mar 17, 2024, 6:00pm

Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, HOW TO HAVE SEX is a vibrant and authentic depiction of the agonies, ecstasies and ride-or-die glory of young female friendship, from rising British filmmaker Molly Manning Walker. Three British teenage girls go on a rites-of-passage holiday, drinking, clubbing and hooking up in what should be the best summer of their lives. As they dance their way across the sun-drenched streets of Malia, they find themselves navigating the complexities of sex, consent and self-discovery. Captured with luminous visuals and a pitch-perfect soundtrack, Manning Walker’s directorial debut paints a painfully familiar portrait of young adulthood, and how first sexual experiences should – or shouldn’t – play out.

“Avoids simple didacticism with Walker’s kinetic direction and appealing performances, particularly from lead Mia McKenna-Bruce, whose pain is easily shared.” Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

“This is fresh, passionate, and remarkably assured filmmaking, made with ample energy and even more exhilarating clarity of vision.” Isaac Feldberg, RogerEbert.com

“In its frankness and often frightening candor, How to Have Sex is of a piece with coming-of-age dramas like Thirteen and The Diary of a Teenage Girl, with a dash of the lascivious, neon-colored bacchanalia of Spring Breakers thrown in for good measure.” Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

SECS Fest Presents: TEENAGE GRINDHOUSE DOUBLE-FEATURE – in 16mm!

1970s
90min · 16mm
  • Friday, Mar 8, 2024, 9:30pm

The Seattle Erotica Cinema Society presents a double-feature of early 1970s explicit sexploitation flicks. In white-coater comedic parody, sexologist Doctor Cordova treats the most challenging sexual problems of the new generation of post-sexual revolution youth of the 1970s. Next, Rene Bond introduces a series of erotic vignettes that enact the actual fantasies of youth that are more sexually adventurous and curious than their parents' generation. Featuring Rene Bond, Marc Stevens, and Andrea True.

These films are presented in color, original 16mm film from the Seattle Erotica Cinema’s Society’s collection of film prints.

This program will be introduced by film and media scholar, David Church, Ph.D., providing historical background on the erotic documentaries, i.e. white coaters of the 60s and 70s.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is mask mandatory. Please bring a mask. There will also be masks available at the door.

*No one under 18 admitted*

VHS Uber Alles March 2024

105min · VHS
  • Saturday, Mar 9, 2024, 9:30pm

Joey just graduated from his Ohio high school and is on the road straight to nepo-yuppietown; accepted into law school at Yale, a dorky summer job lined up clerking at the office, and then ultimately taking over his father’s law firm. However, everything changes when his gang of preppy bros hit up the wrong side of town (“the dark side”) looking for what they think will be some easy and hot dates at a punk show. Joey’s plans for a night of cheap action are foiled as he falls in love at first sight with a touring punk drummer named Thunder. His punk awakening begins as he gets in a fight with his parents over his predestined yuppie future, has the obligatory punk rock style-and-hair makeover, and finally runs away to LA to find Thunder and chase his dreams. Written by Real Punk Rockers featuring 100% Real LA Punk Houses! Punk Skaters! Punk Bands! Up The Punks!!

“You can’t make this s#!^ up…it’s very authentic. Almost everyone on the set knows each other through rock’n’roll.” actor, musician, and co-writer Pleasant Gehman

“I still hope to be part of a party that begins when someone ollies on to a couch.” Billups Allen, Lunchmeat VHS Fanzine

NEVER RELEASED ON DVD! ONLY ON VHS! ONLY $3!

Alam

Firas Khoury · 2022
109min · DCP
  • Friday, Mar 15, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Mar 16, 2024, 6:00pm
  • Sunday, Mar 17, 2024, 3:30pm
  • Tuesday, Mar 19, 2024, 7:15pm

Despite being part of a young generation of Palestinian Arabs whose families chose to stay and challenge the Israeli state after Al-Nakba, 17-year-old Tamer and his friends are just like any other group of teenage boys. They clumsily search for drugs, flirt with girls, play video games, and slack off at school. However, when a beautiful new student named Maysaa’ joins their class, Tamer immediately falls for her and, by association, is drawn into her political activism. Together they join fellow classmate, Safwat, in an operation to covertly raise the Palestinian flag and peacefully disrupt the local celebrations planned for Israel’s Independence Day – otherwise known to Palestinians as a day of mourning and memorialization for their displacement 70 years prior. Unsure of his own political convictions, Tamer must quickly determine what matters to him and what price he is willing to pay for freedom.

In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.

“This directorial debut which looks at a new third generation of Palestinians living in Israel is a fascinating take on a group of young people whose future is so constrained it almost compresses the screen.” Alissa Simon, Variety

Alam is a brilliantly devastating coming-of-age story, one of comedy, confusion, and sorrow that thoroughly captures the sense of misguided teenage bravado mixed with genuine awkwardness and anxiety about finding a place in the world, raising the stakes beyond the mundane and giving us insight into a world so rarely seen on American movie screens.” Adam Mullins-Khatib, Chicago Reader

Hundreds of Beavers

Mike Cheslik · 2024
108min · DCP
  • Friday, Mar 15, 2024, 9:30pm
  • Saturday, Mar 16, 2024, 8:30pm
  • Sunday, Mar 17, 2024, 8:15pm
  • Monday, Mar 18, 2024, 7:15pm

In this 19th century, supernatural winter epic, a drunken applejack salesman must go from zero to hero and become North America’s greatest fur trapper by defeating hundreds of beavers.

Created by Mike Cheslik and Ryland Brickson Cole Tews, the duo behind the modern cult hit LAKE MICHIGAN MONSTER (2018).

“Starts strange, gets stranger, and yet remains resolutely adorable… embraces the defiant glee of art cinema and distills it into something so thoroughly pure and sincere that it is surely hard not to fall in love with it.” Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Alliance of Women Film Journalists

“It’s sure to develop a significant cult following with its unique mix of silent-era slapstick, animation elements, theme-park-style critter costumes, and general air of inspired absurdity.” Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Steroidally swollen with gags and smarts.” Guy Maddin