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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

December 16, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Harvard Exit’s future: restaurant, offices, maybe a bar

The marquee of Capitol Hill's Harvard Exit. (Mark Harrison photo / The Seattle Times)

The marquee of Capitol Hill’s Harvard Exit. (Mark Harrison photo / The Seattle Times)

Our partner site, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, has news this morning about the future of the beloved Harvard Exit, which will close its doors as a movie theater in January: The historic 1920s building will be transformed into a restaurant, office space, and perhaps a bar. Developer Scott Shapiro, the building’s new owner, told CHS that the exterior look of the building will remain unchanged.

“You’ll drive by and you wouldn’t notice any thing has changed,” Shapiro said, adding that he would uncover one row of currently boarded-up south-facing windows. “I love historic buildings, and if there’s a way to keep them and find a new use for them, that’s what I’m for.”

Shapiro tells CHS a restaurant or cafe will likely take over the building’s 1,500 square-foot lobby, while he envisioned a bar moving into the 2,200 square-foot basement. The rest of the building will become “creative offices,” including the two 5,000 square-foot theater spaces and two upper floors of existing offices.

The Harvard Exit’s name, he said, would live on. Renovation will begin next summer, with tenants moving in by early 2016. Read the entire story here.

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