Update: Rumored Neptune buyer
More tragic Seattle movie theater news: Apparently the Neptune is closing.
Crestfallen over hearing that my neighborhood theater AMC’s Queen Anne Uptown is going under this weekend, I dashed out to pay my respects by catching a matinee of Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger. I loved the flick, but what I didn’t love was the bad news I received right outside.
A guy who works there said that the Uptown employees, one of whom has worked there for 26 years, are all in shock. Apparently the CEO of AMC lives in the neighborhood and the Uptown was his favorite in the collection. There was talk of turning it into a 21-and-over theater with drinks and everyone felt good about that, then suddenly it was announced that it was to be closed.
I offered that maybe Landmark would take over, but the guy told me that wasn’t likely since they are closing the beloved Neptune!
How much bad news can a Seattle cinephile take in one day?
He went on to say that since the Uptown’s lease is paid up until 2016, unless some other arrangement is made, this beautiful 84-year-old theater will probably be shuttered until then.
He and I are both holding out hope that Paul Allen can step in.
He said that Uptown employees will be placed at Big Box Theaters, but he’s not sure they’ll be happy there. I told him I’d see him at Pacific Place, but I’m really heartbroken over this.
“I can’t believe they couldn’t wait until after Thanksgiving,” he said.