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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Columbia City Movie House Reopening Soon

Posted by on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I used to love going down to Columbia City and playing a few rounds of pinball at Full Tilt or grabbing a bite before a movie at Columbia City Cinema. Sadly, the theater closed after a drawn-out kerfuffle with the city. But now we can rejoice! The theater is reopening as Ark Lodge Cinemas in its namesake beautiful old building.

Cienna Madrid spoke with new operator David McRae, who says they are starting out by putting on a Lord of the Rings trilogy marathon December 8-9. The first regular film run will be The Hobbit, starting December 14.

McRae has lots of cinema experience:

I’ve managed theaters in the past, and grew up in a theater that my parents ran as a kid (Cinemond in Redmond). I’ve been involved throughout the years in one form or another with film presentations and from being a manager to technician, to digital implementation. I spent the last two years installing digital projection systems at theaters converting from film to digital.

We’ve been working on this deal since September. We’re really looking forward to it—it’s been amazing the response from the community and local businesses.



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Wandergeist 1
So what happened to all the code issues that were supposed to have been too expensive to fix and too legally important to ignore? Was that overblown, or did some deep pockets (and/or hard work) fix the problems, or what?
Posted by Wandergeist on December 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM · Report this
Ooh! Awesome! Will they have beer?
Posted by kersy on December 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
Rotten666 3
@1 The new owner got a permit from the city to open up while the building is being brought up to code, probably to help pay for said repairs.

This little place can be very successful if run by someone who knows what they are doing.
Posted by Rotten666 on December 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM · Report this
Gurldoggie 4
Hooray! I'm going to the movies again!
Posted by Gurldoggie on December 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM · Report this
snacktruck 5
fantastic news!! this makes my day, i hope they show some archival films as well.
Posted by snacktruck on December 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Report this
kinda crappy that the landlord backed out of a deal with non-profit SeedARTS for the space though in order to take on a commercial operation.
Posted by nador on December 4, 2012 at 1:01 PM · Report this
Hopefully, they'll schedule movies for grown-ups as well.
Posted by legacy builder on December 4, 2012 at 9:57 PM · Report this

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