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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Whaddaya Know?

posted by on June 17 at 9:04 AM

Capitol Hill Arts Center is closed—had its garage sale yesterday—but the old King Cat Theater, down on Sixth Avenue, is open again.

The King Cat is most famous, to my mind, as the theater where the scorched-earth horror of Hunchback (supposedly the worst musical ever produced in America) went down. That was 10 years ago.

The King Cat became a church run by snake-oil evangelicals for a few years (Sean Nelson wrote about them here), then it was nothing.

Now it is something.

Read the PI story here.

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No "supposed" about it.

DEFINITELY the worst musical - ever.

Posted by COMTE | June 17, 2008 9:25 AM

i also saw Sigur Ros at the King Cat.

i fell asleep, but mrs. solomon found it transcendent.

Posted by max solomon | June 17, 2008 9:26 AM

hmm. wonder what happened to all nations christian church? i went to high school with pastor vince, and his finding jesus eerily coincided with him being the major suspect in the lunchroom stereo system theft.

Posted by scary tyler moore | June 17, 2008 9:36 AM

I saw the Residents there in 2002. Somehow that ended up being the only time I went there while I was in Seattle.

Posted by Matt from Denver | June 17, 2008 9:36 AM

Neat. I've gone past that place many times and have been curious as to what's actually going on in there. Also, Bollywood films sound like fun.

Posted by Abby | June 17, 2008 9:37 AM

Great news. I saw Jeremy Enigk there with the 'Frog Queen' orchestra - something to my knowledge he never did again - in 96 I think. It was just magnificent.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | June 17, 2008 9:38 AM

Yo La Tengo, Melvins, Sebadoh, Seaweed, Posies, Hater, Sweaty Nipples, and dozens more. I'm sure I'm forgetting some of the best. It will be interesting having the old King Kat back in the mix.

Posted by Matthew | June 17, 2008 9:45 AM

When did the PI become the Seattle Times website?

Posted by Digno Rossi | June 17, 2008 10:13 AM

When I first moved here in the summer of '91, the King Cat was a discount cinema, where I saw "Silence of the Lambs" twice a week for a month. (I was obsessed with the screenplay. Also, I was collecting tips on how to construct my woman suit.)

Posted by David Schmader | June 17, 2008 10:16 AM

Sky Cries Mary. Great show. Maybe because there was no bar and I was completely sober to enjoy and remember it. They had someone painting a big picture stage right for the show.

Posted by eh? | June 17, 2008 10:18 AM

Saw lots of great shows there back in the day...Mudhoney, Red Aunts, Black Happy, Seaweed, etc. I had forgotten about the painting guy, he was a staple at local shows for a year or two. One of the few all-ages venues that operated during the Norm Rice Teen Dance Ordinance days.

Posted by Cato | June 17, 2008 10:28 AM

Mike Watt's first solo tour. Eddie Vedder on drums and a new band called Foo Fighters opening. Security was making kids toss their wallet chains into the trash at the door, which, it being 95 or so, made for a lot of sad teens.

Posted by Eric F | June 17, 2008 10:47 AM

Sky Cries Mary, Foo Fighters, and Juliana Hatfield Trio (not sure I spelt that right) ... good times.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 17, 2008 11:08 AM

Personally, I'd go to Ann Taylor for tips on a woman suit.

oh. THAT kind of woman suit.


Posted by michael strangeways | June 17, 2008 12:11 PM

I worked there when it was still a first-run movie theater. How could that be so long ago?

The bastards who ran the place wouldn't give us an employee discount on the beverages. And the manager's office was air-conditioned, but the concessions area and ticket booth, both with west-facing glass windows, were not. This is no way to build employee loyalty.

I quit a while later when I got a job that paid me a whole .90 more per hour. (From $3.35 minimum wage to $4.25! Woo hoo!)

Posted by litlnemo | June 17, 2008 3:12 PM

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