Upcoming Screenings

Our operations costs in May & June are supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission. Thanks!

OUR COVID RULES

  • Masks required for all. 😷 (After we decide to stop requiring masks, we will still keep certain shows as "masks required".)
  • No eating in the auditorium. We will not sell concessions for the time being. We'll have bottled water for sale for $2 or feel free to bring your own non-alcoholic beverage and keep your mask on when not drinking.
  • If you feel sick, stay home. For the time being we will process a refund if necessary, but need to include a $1 charge to cover our costs. You can also exchange your ticket for a different showtime or film or convert it into a gift certificate for later use. Email us.
  • We installed filtration capable of removing airborne COVID particles in the auditorium, lobby, and projection booth.
  • Our auditorium capacity is reduced by 40% and we are limiting showtimes to one per night, plus one matinee on weekend afternoons.
  • We are doing all of this to keep you safe as well as our volunteers, who donate their time to run the cinema.

Mad God

Phil Tippett · 2021 · USA
83min · DCP
Playing Jun 26 through Jun 30

Follow The Assassin through a forbidding world of tortured souls, decrepit bunkers, and wretched monstrosities forged from the most primordial horrors of the subconscious mind. Directed by Phil Tippett (Star Wars, Jurassic Park), the world's pre-eminent stop motion animator, every set, creature, and effigy in this macabre masterpiece is hand-crafted and painstakingly animated using traditional stop-motion techniques.

In 1987, Tippett embarked upon an ambitious personal project, fabricating and animating a darkly surreal world in which the creatures and nightmares of his imagination could roam free. Phil produced dozens of environments and hundreds of puppets for the project, filling notebook after notebook with thousands of detailed sketches and storyboards. Decades after the success of Tippett Studio forced production into stasis, a group of animators at Tippett Studio came upon boxes of shelved props and puppets and convinced Phil to resurrect the project. MAD GOD is finally here!

“A mad opus from one of American cinema’s liveliest minds.” The Film Stage

“Phil Tippett is a master.” Guillermo Del Torro

“This is a work of a genuine visionary, and has all the makings of an instant cult classic.” Sight & Sound

“A hypnotic cinematic experience and a filmmaking marvel.” Dread Central

“FOUR STARS! Beautiful and disgusting, mean and awe-inspiring…” Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

“CRITIC’S PICK! sprinkled with reminders of Lynch and Cronenberg and others, Tippett’s defiantly adult vision has a freakish originality” Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

Showtimes

Sunday, Jun 26: 4:00 pm
Tuesday, Jun 28: 7:30 pm
Thursday, Jun 30: 7:30 pm


Neptune Frost

Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman · 2021 · France, Rwanda, USA
105min · DCP
Playing Jun 27 through Jun 29

HELDOVER THRU 6/29! Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist sci-fi punk musical. It's a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work, notably his 2016 album MartyrLoserKing. Co-directed with his partner, the Rwandan-born artist Anisia Uzeyman, the film takes place amidst the hilltops of Burundi, where a collective of computer hackers emerges from within a coltan mining community, a result of the romance between a miner and an intersex runaway. Set between states of being—past and present, dream and waking life, colonized and free, male and female, memory and prescience—Neptune Frost is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral cortex and a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends.

Co-presented with Black Cinema Collective, a group of multicultural artists and scholars who examine and celebrate works of African and Afro-diasporic filmmakers.

** 6/29 screening will be followed by a community conversation **

“The future of Black cinema. Utilizes everything the medium has to offer.” Jourdain Searles, The Hollywood Reporter

“Visionary. A journey of visual ecstasy.” Valerie Complex, Deadline

“A sensory delight… bursting with life and ingenuity.” Jude Dry, Indiewire

“Hauntingly beautiful and deeply enigmatic.” Lisa Kennedy, Variety

“CRITIC’S PICK! Mind-bending. An Afrofuturist fantasia that is also a musical, a science-fiction parable and a hacker manifesto.” A.O. Scott, New York Times

Showtimes

Monday, Jun 27: 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Jun 29: 7:30 pm


The Lost Generation: Outside the Mainstream

William Hooker · 2021 · USA
107min · digital
Playing Jun 26

This film, directed by avant-garde jazz luminary William Hooker, is an effort to elaborate on the history of the many musicians of the 1970s whose music has gone unrecognized by a larger audience. Most of these artists have international followings and continue to perform, record, and document their art and their lives. Some of the musicians, entrepreneurs and listeners featured in the documentary include Michael Thomson, Ken Filiano, Larry Roland, Ras Moshe, Ted Daniel, Dick Griffin, On Davis, Steve Dalachinsky, Craig Harris, Hilliard Greene, Michael Dorf, Richard Berger, William Parker, Sarah Manning, Steve Swell, Newman Baker, Iconoclast, Patricia Parker, Jackson Krall, Andrew Lamb, Marc Edwards, and many more.

Showtimes

Sunday, Jun 26: 7:30 pm


Tahara

Olivia Peace · 2022 · USA
78min · DCP
Playing Jul 1 through Jul 7

In this acerbic teen comedy, a funeral becomes a battleground between best friends Carrie Lowstein (Madeline Grey DeFreece) and Hannah Rosen (Rachel Sennott, breakout star of SHIVA BABY). When their former Hebrew school classmate commits suicide, the two girls attend her funeral as well as the "Teen Talk-back" session hosted by their synagogue, designed to be an opportunity for them to understand grief through Judaism. Hannah, more interested in impressing her crush Tristan (Daniel Taveras), convinces Carrie to practice kissing with her, unlocking feelings that turn Carrie's world upside down. Emotions heightened, the scene develops into a biting depiction of unrequited crushes, toxic friendships, and wavering faith, which ComingSoon calls "one of the most original films in the coming-of-age subgenre in a long time."

WINNER: Directorial Feature Debut Black LGBTQ+ Filmmaker Award, NewFest
WINNER: Special Mention, Outfest

“Unfurling compellingly more or less in real time, director Olivia Peace and screenwriter Jess Zeidman-both making impressive feature debuts-establish an acerbic, The Breakfast Club type atmosphere” James Kleinmann, The Queer Review

“A must-watch. It’s a sharp dark comedy with fantastic lead performances from Madeline Grey DeFreece and Rachel Sennott. It’s a unique debut, and with poignancy shows the importance of growing into ourselves and out of toxic relationships.” Sara Clements, AwardsWatch

“CRITIC’S PICK! mimics the zinging pleasure of overhearing teenagers chatter as they walk home from school: It’s gossipy, delicious and a tad cruel.” Teo Bugbee, New York Times

Showtimes

Friday, Jul 1: 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jul 2: 4:00 pm, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Jul 3: 4:00 pm, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Jul 5: 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Jul 6: 7:30 pm
Thursday, Jul 7: 7:30 pm


Hedwig and the Angry Inch

John Cameron Mitchell · 2001 · Canada, USA
95min · DCP
Playing Jul 8 through Jul 14

Hedwig, born male as Hansel in East Berlin, fell in love with an American G.I. and underwent a gender reassignment surgery in order to marry him and flee to the West. Unfortunately, nothing worked out quite as it was supposed to - years later, Hedwig is leading her rock band on a tour of the U.S., telling her life story through a series of concerts at Bilgewater Inn seafood restaurants. Her tour dates coincide with those of arena-rock star Tommy Gnosis, a wide-eyed boy who once loved Hedwig - but then left with all her songs.

“It’s Rocky Horror for a new millennium; a post-punk odyssey of love and longing filled with wit and surprisingly poignant observations on the human condition.” Sara Michelle Fetters, MovieFreak.com

“CRITIC’S PICK! Clever, funny, wildly innovative.” Stephen Holden, New York Times

“Builds into a moment of such gorgeous rocking that you truly lose yourself in some musical otherworld you never dreamed you’d reach in current films.” Kim Morgan, The Oregonian

“I see this movie as a guide for being a queer person and a queer artist amidst ever-shifting language and community divides.” Drew Gregory, Autostraddle

Showtimes

Friday, Jul 8: 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jul 9: 4:00 pm
Sunday, Jul 10: 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Jul 12: 7:30 pm
Thursday, Jul 14: 7:30 pm


Xanadu

Robert Greenwald · 1980 · USA
96min · DCP
Playing Jul 9 through Jul 13

Struggling artist Sonny Malone (Michael Beck, The Warriors) is trapped in a dull job painting album covers. He is instantly attracted to Kira (Olivia Newton-John), an anonymous woman randomly photographed in the background of one of his assignments, but no one is able to identify her. Visiting the auditorium where the cover was shot, Sonny finds the mysterious beauty, an ageless Greek muse, who encourages him to team up with old-fashioned Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly) to build a roller-skating disco.

“…compulsively watchable… it’s the perfect crystallization of a 13-year-old girl’s taste, circa 1980, complete with roller discos, dreamy boys, fashion shows, and fantasy father figures.” Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

“Sit through the credits for a fun surprise! (every crew member is credited as “cocaine”)” demi adejuyigbe, Letterboxd

Showtimes

Saturday, Jul 9: 7:30 pm
Sunday, Jul 10: 4:00 pm
Monday, Jul 11: 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Jul 13: 7:30 pm


Streets of Fire

Walter Hill · 1984 · USA
93min · DCP
Playing Jul 15 through Jul 21

Amid a brooding rock n' roll landscape, the Bombers motorcycle gang, led by the vicious Raven Shaddock (a breakout performance by Willem Dafoe's villainous face), kidnap songstress diva Ellen Aim (Diane Lane). Her hope for rescue lies with unlikely heroes: soldier of fortune, Tom Cody (Michael Paré) and his sidekick, the two-fisted, beer-guzzling, McCoy (Amy Madigan). Joined by Ellen's manager, Billy Fish (Rick Moranis), the trio plunge headfirst into a world of rain-splattered streets, hot cars and deadly assassins.

“…impossible not to enjoy the movie. No director holds a candle to Hill for sheer visceral expertise.” David Chute, Film Comment

“It may be the closest American equivalent to the “Cinéma du look” that was coming out of France around the same time (Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Diva and The Moon in the Gutter, Luc Besson’s Subway), not only in its overall approach to cinematic spectacle, but in its fetishistic use of music and neon.” Ben Sachs, Cine-file

Showtimes

Friday, Jul 15: 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jul 16: 4:00 pm
Sunday, Jul 17: 7:30 pm
Thursday, Jul 21: 7:30 pm


Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

Allan Arkush · 1979 · USA
93min · DCP
Playing Jul 16 through Jul 20

Vince Lombardi High School has quite a reputation: it's the wildest, most rockin' high school around! That is, until a thug of a principal, Miss Togar, comes along and tries to make the school a totalitarian state. With the help of the Ramones, the students of Vince Lombardi battle Miss Togar's iron-fisted rule and take their battle to a truly explosive conclusion! Starring P.J. Soles (Halloween), Vince Van Patten (Hell Night), Clint Howard (Grand Theft Auto), Dey Young (Spaceballs), Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000), Dick Miller (Piranha) and Paul Bartel (Hollywood Boulevard).

“Director Allan Arkush channels Frank Tashlin and the smartass spirit of Mad Magazine throughout the film, transforming his love letter to rock ’n’ roll and the eternal allure of being a teenager at war with parents into a live-action cartoon filled with giddily surreal touches. In reality, Ramones fandom was a small, specific, eccentric niche. But in Rock ’N’ Roll High School, the Ramones are as big as The Beatles.” Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve

Showtimes

Saturday, Jul 16: 7:30 pm
Sunday, Jul 17: 4:00 pm
Monday, Jul 18: 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Jul 20: 7:30 pm


Cannibal! The Musical

Trey Parker · 1996 · USA
97min · DCP
Playing Jul 22 through Jul 26

CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL tells the true story of the only person convicted of cannibalism in America - Alfred Packer. The sole survivor of an ill-fated trip to the Colorado Territory, he recounts his side of the harrowing tale to news reporter Polly Prye as he awaits his execution. The story goes like this: While searching for gold and love in the Rocky Mountains, he and his companions lost their way and resorted to unspeakable horrors, including rousing musical numbers! Packer and his five wacky buddies sing and dance their way into your heart… and then take a bite out of it! CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL is like OKLAHOMA meets BLOODSUCKING FREAKS. Largely absent from theaters for years, this infamous and hilarious musical from the creators of SOUTH PARK is back to gross you out and get your toes tapping! (Note: there are no high-def elements available for this film. The DCP being screened is an "up-res" from an SD scan.)

“…refeshingly ludicrous.” Anita Gates, New York Times

“What’s also undeniable about the film is its charm. Everyone involved is so game to try things and so earnest with their performances. There’s a sincerity to it. A warmness.” Germain Lussier, io9.com

“It’s finger-licking good, a tasty 90 minutes of yummy production numbers and intense spiritual crises.” SF Gate

Showtimes

Friday, Jul 22: 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jul 23: 4:00 pm
Sunday, Jul 24: 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Jul 26: 7:30 pm


A Night at the Opera

Sam Wood · 1935 · USA
96min · DCP
Playing Jul 23 through Jul 27

Possibly the funniest movie ever made! The legendary Marx Brothers take a hilarious, musical swipe at self-importance, pomposity and insensitivity, that crescendos with a manic on-stage performance, A Night at the Opera. Seedy promoter Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx) guarantees patroness (Margaret Dumont) a position in high society if she bankrolls an opera. The plan hinges on signing egotistical tenor Rodolfo Lassparri (Walter Woolf King), but Driftwood meets his match in talent manager Fiorello (Chico Marx), who represents "the world's greatest tenor" -- actually the more-deserving, but unknown Ricardo Baroni (Allan Jones), who's also in love with the opera's soprano, Rosa (Kitty Carlisle). When Driftwood's deal falls through, the promoter, his patroness, tenors, soprano and many more must make a madcap Atlantic steamship crossing. Now, New York's Metropolitan Opera will never be the same when the Marx Brothers stage Il Travatore in the Big Apple.

“One of the most riotous films ever made!” Time Out

“One priceless comedy bit after another… this is as good as it gets.” Leonard Maltin

Showtimes

Saturday, Jul 23: 7:30 pm
Sunday, Jul 24: 4:00 pm
Monday, Jul 25: 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Jul 27: 7:30 pm


VHS Uber Alles July ’22

90min · VHS
Playing Jul 23

Murderin' Maniac Movie Night!

One night only! Never released on DVD! Only $3!

"A high-octane, 1980's hyper-schlock masterwork! Every possible misfire: Visible microphone, heinous 'acting', doofus dialogue, clunky set pieces, etc., are here! What should be drawbacks are assets in this criminally inept classic!"

"Wow - this film is fun. Inept in every way - The acting is horrid, the filmmaking is terrible, there are some decent stunts but the script sounds like it was written by drunk 7th graders trying to write a slasher film. The film wastes no time."

"If not for the cheesy killing, watch this movie for its superb use of bad lines. It's a hard one to explain. The killer is the 'Poor Man's David Hasselhoff'. It's awesome. Just watch it."

Showtimes

Saturday, Jul 23: 10:00 pm


Sports, Leisure, & Videotape

2012 · USA
90min · VHS
Playing Jul 28

10th anniversary screening! Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport… the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat… the human drama of athletic competition… the sidesplitting laughs… the cheap thrills… the full frontal male nudity… and astonishing music videos contained in Sports Leisure and Videotape! An amazing night of uproarious entertainment culled from the astounding VHS collection of Scarecrow Video. Produced & edited by Spenser Hoyt & Brian Alter. Poster by Marc Palm.

Showtimes

Thursday, Jul 28: 8:00 pm


Summertime

Carlos López Estrada · 2021 · USA
95min · DCP
Playing Jul 29 through Aug 4

From the director of BLINDSPOTTING, this wonderful spoken-word musical was barely shown in theaters last summer. This is its Seattle theatrical premiere as far as we know! Over the course of a hot summer day in Los Angeles, the lives of 25 young Angelinos intersect. A skating guitarist, a tagger, two wannabe rappers, an exasperated fast-food worker, a limo driver—they all weave in and out of each other's stories. Through poetry they express life, love, heartache, family, home, and fear. One of them just wants to find someplace that still serves good cheeseburgers. 

“It feels like Slacker for a new generation…”Amy Nicholson, FilmWeek (KPCC – NPR Los Angeles)

“On paper, it sounds iffy; in execution, however, it’s absolutely glorious, a gleeful glide through adolescence.” Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com

Showtimes

Friday, Jul 29: 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jul 30: 4:00 pm
Sunday, Jul 31: 7:30 pm
Thursday, Aug 4: 7:30 pm


The Wiz

Sidney Lumet · 1978 · USA
134min · DCP
Playing Jul 30 through Aug 3

Dorothy Gale (Diana Ross), a shy kindergarten teacher, is swept away to the magic land of Oz where she embarks on a quest to return home. The Wiz features spectacular musical numbers from legendary producer Quincy Jones and an all-star cast including Lena Horne, Richard Pryor, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell and Ted Ross. Ease on down the road!

“…it’s slick and energetic and fun…” Roger Ebert

“I dig the film’s druggy ’70s vibe. I dig its infectious soundtrack. I dig pretty much the entire cast, especially Jackson in his only major film role and Pryor’s heartbreakingly powerless Wizard.” Nathan Rabin, The AV Club

Showtimes

Saturday, Jul 30: 7:30 pm
Sunday, Jul 31: 4:00 pm
Monday, Aug 1: 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Aug 3: 7:30 pm


Anonymous Club

Danny Cohen · 2022 · Australia
83min · DCP
Playing Aug 19 through Aug 25

Shot on vivid 16mm film over a three-year period, ANONYMOUS CLUB chronicles notoriously shy, Melbourne-based musician Courtney Barnett’s ups and downs on the world tour for her album Tell Me How You Really Feel. Featuring Barnett’s unguarded narration from her audio diary, recorded on a dictaphone provided by filmmaker Danny Cohen, the film delivers frank and unprecedented insight into Barnett’s creative process, the sacrifices and inner conflicts set in motion by fame, and the sometimes dark backdrop to her whimsical, relatably poetic compositions.

“The woozy emotional yearning and meditative flow is aided by the distinct 16mm photography, giving these vignettes and snapshots a timeless, lived-in vitality.” Trace Sauveur, Austin Chronicle

Showtimes

Friday, Aug 19: 7:30 pm
Saturday, Aug 20: 4:00 pm, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Aug 21: 4:00 pm, 7:30 pm
Monday, Aug 22: 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Aug 23: 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Aug 24: 7:30 pm
Thursday, Aug 25: 7:30 pm