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Seattle’s best movie experience can be found at the enigmatic Cinerama. (OK, the IMAX at Pacific Science Center is pretty cool too.) Originally built in 1963 and later saved from demolition by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the Cinerama has what strip-mall multiplexes can only dream of, and harkens back to the days of single-screen movie houses.

Originally built to showcase Cinerama films projected from three projectors on a huge curved screen, it is one of only three theaters in the world that can still show these large format films. For most flicks, the 90-foot Cinerama screen isn’t used, but the regular screen still is a gigantic, curved 68-foot monster. A recent upgrade outfitted the theater with the latest in digital projection, sound, and 3D. The theater concession stand also highlights local favorites like Caffe Vita, Theo Chocolate and Cupcake Royale, all at surprisingly affordable prices compared to a regular multiplex. You won’t find a more engaging and high-quality movie experience in Seattle.

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