July 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM
The future of the Egyptian Theatre
A lot of us have wondered, since the closure of the former Landmark Egyptian last month, what the fate would be of the theater’s historic auditorium. The 600-seat theater dates back to 1915, when it was originally constructed as a Masonic Temple. Seattle Central Community College, which has owned the building since 1992, announced today that it is seeking proposals from those who wish to operate the theater as an arts and cultural space. The Request for Proposals (more details here) specifically states that the winning organization must continue to allow the Seattle International Film Festival and other similar organizations to continue to use the theater to screen films. SCCC is seeking a lease period of ten years (which can be increased), and proposals will be evaluated according to “project approach, financial feasibility, cost effectiveness, and experience of the organization and its key staff,” with ” a commitment to hosting SIFF and other film festivals” weighted most heavily. That sounds encouraging, no? Deadline for proposals is September 17; spread the word.