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Map & Directions 4500 9th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105


Seattle Weekly's Description

Outside the city, new multiplexes rise amid seas of concrete, preferably located near a freeway off-ramp. But in congested Seattle, where the old single-screen movie palaces are too large and inefficient to run profitably (see the Neptune and the Egyptian’s sad demise), the trick is to repurpose an existing structure. That’s what Sundance Cinemas has done with the old Metro, which hadn’t seen much upkeep since opening in its charmless U District home back in 1989. The Metro’s parent company, Landmark Theatres, had been unsuccessfully trying to sell the small national chain; then Sundance assumed the lease in 2012 and completed renovations during the summer of 2013. It’s still a 10-plex, but all the theaters have been renovated with less and nicer seating, better sight lines, and so forth. Better still, Sundance serves real food and booze (!); it’s now a 21-and-over establishment, so say farewell to rowdy, texting teens and crying children. Prices are higher, with a sliding-scale “amenity fee,” but you can reserve seats online and take your drinks into the theater. It’s almost like flying Virgin Atlantic, only without the annoying TSA pat-downs.

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  • car12_nel wrote a review for Sundance
    on 04/16/13

    The new management is doing a great job of updating this old theater. Comfortable seating more room than most theaters. I like the popcorn and being able to get a drink that won't float a ship.
    A good selection of movies for all ages.

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  • Michelle on 05/10/13

    OMG. Finally new seats! Finally comfort and independent cinema can co-exist on 45th.

  • Fred V. on 11/22/13

    Best place to see a movie for adults. Even a cool lounge right off the lobby for after drinks! Bring your idea and remember your parking space number.

  • Haley B. on 11/22/13

    The salami tastes like feet. You've been warned!

  • Christie C. on 08/31/13

    They have beer here!

  • Nikhil A. on 08/22/13


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