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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 4, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Columbia City’s Ark Lodge Cinemas opening early

Readers of this blog will remember the happy announcement, back in October, of the re-opening of the former Columbia City Cinema, under new ownership (local David McRae) and a new name (Ark Lodge Cinemas, named for the historic building in which the theater resides. McRae said, earlier this fall, that he hoped to open the theater early in the new year. Now comes word that he’s actually opening early: Ark Lodge Cinemas will open for business this weekend with a “Lord of the Rings” trilogy marathon on Saturday and Sunday, and will begin its first-run business with “The Hobbit,” opening December 14 in the theater’s two main level houses. (The larger Premiere House upstairs is still undergoing renovations, and will open in January.) Here’s the cinema website, though it looks to still be a work in progress: http://www.arklodgecinemas.com/ The early opening is due, he said, to much support from the city, the fire department and the deputy mayor, for their help with the permitting and approval process.
McRae also told me that he will not be continuing the Columbia City Cinema’s tradition of peanut-oil popcorn, due to concerns about peanut allergies. But, he writes in an email, “I will try to make the best tasting popcorn that I can. We are continuing with using real butter.”
Note that “The Hobbit,” which will play in multiple formats when it opens on the 14th (digital vs. film, 2D vs 3D, IMAX vs. non-IMAX, 24 fps vs. 48 fps), will play at Ark Lodge in 2D 24 fps Digital DCP, for those who like to know such things. I’m working on compiling a list on which theaters will be playing which formats for this film, and will post as soon as I have the info. (FYI: I recently heard from Pacific Science Center that they’ll be playing 15/70 film projected at 24 fps in the Boeing IMAX Theater for “The Hobbit.”)

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