SIFF at the Uptown – Flagship Theater of NFFTY 201204/06/2012
Written by Joseph Weiler, NFFTY Intern
Last autumn the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced with much excitement their plans to reopen one of Seattle’s oldest theaters, The Uptown Theater. It officially reopened on October 21st as SIFF Cinema at the Uptown. The Uptown Theater was founded in 1926 as a single screen movie house and two more screens were added in the 80s each seating 275 and 175 patrons respectively. What SIFF is most excited about is that the main auditorium seats 480 people which is much, much larger than the theater they could at their old location at McCaw Hall. Also having three screens available at once will allow for SIFF flexibility to present more films and to simply do more.
With this increased amount of space SIFF is opening up SIFF Cinema at the Uptown to independent filmmakers and other festivals, such as NFFTY. In fact, SIFF Cinema at the Uptown is going to be host all of the NFFTY screenings this year, except for opening night at the Cinerama. When the screenings say SIFF Uptown 1 and SIFF Uptown 2 that simply means that they are both at the SIFF Uptown Theater they are just being screened in different auditoriums there.
View the NFFTY Films Schedule: http://www.nffty.org/festival-schedule
SIFF is bringing some very exciting changes to The Uptown, both cosmetic and technical. They have both 35mm and 70mm projection equipment allowing for audiences to view a wider array of films. These will be accompanied by the digital system, a Sony SRXR210 digital projector that provides four times the resolution of HD and meets and exceeds LucasFilm THX sound specifications. The reopening of this theater is going to do many things for the film community here in Seattle and having the SIFF offices located so close by in Seattle Center is just the beginning of what is to come.