The limited release of the Seth Rogen / James Franco vehicle The Interview means that Columbia City’s Ark Lodge Cinema is the only venue in King County ($)  (at the moment) one will be able to see it. That makes it a fine choice for our light rail excuse of the week (LREOTW).

The premiere is Christmas night at 9:30pm, with showings at both 2:30pm and 9:30pm through January 1.

If you don’t have many occasions to ride Central Link, this is a good excuse to get into the Rainier Valley for something you can’t get many other places.

10 Replies to “LREOTW: The Interview”

  1. I hear it’s available online, so you could probably watch it in the comfort of your own home. On the other hand why would you want to?

    On the other hand, a nice ride for the LREOTW… and maybe a visit to the Columbia City Ale House.

      1. The Crest

        Great second-run mix of mainstream and indie releases. Good luck getting home without a car.

        (“But Link will pass so close. Won’t that make it easy?” No! It won’t!!)

        Central Cinema

        A fun night out, but only equipped to play the same DVD you could rent. Cinema here takes a back seat to wallowing in the artifacts of your ’80s suburban childhood while 70% trashed.

        Federal Way Gateway Movies 8

        Just an easy stroll across 1,000 feet of vacant asphalt from the Federal Way Transit Center. Which makes it the single closest thing to the Federal Way Transit Center.

        Never been inside. No idea if it is any good.

        Blue Mouse Theatre

        Intriguing. Looks endearing, if perhaps a bit spare. Cons: in Tacoma. North Tacoma.

        Edmonds Theater

        Seems nice enough. Cons: in Edmonds.

        I am relieved that your link ignores West Seattle’s Admiral Theater, home of the patented Not Remotely In Focus viewing experience. The Admiral also doubles as the Washington State Rare Upholstery-Based Bacteria propagation lab.

        So, yeah… if you’re going to take the effort to see a movie on a big screen in a neighborhood theater in Seattle, you might as well splurge to see it somewhere as nice and as professional as the Ark Lodge.

      2. Several I know who were moved to Seattle from here by their employers said that we here have a better class of second run theaters, and they actually miss such places as The Laurelhurst and The Bagdad (which has now started showing 1st run so is more expensive).

        It’s nice to have a bit more detailed insight into this. I think there’s only one such venue in this area with zero transit access.

        …but, based on the numbers in the Christmas thread, our household income is a bit more than half of Seattle’s, so second run theaters are probably less in demand.

      3. YouTube suggested it to me yesterday evening. I clicked on it but it was only a preview with a $5.50 play button.

        I’ve taken Link to the Ark Lodge to see The Hobbit 2, 12 Years a Slave, and other things.

      4. There’s definitely something to be said for a really good second-run scene, Glenn, especially for those of us who see lots of film but don’t necessarily run out to see every new release the moment it opens.

        Cities like Portland, with a healthy stock of older theaters in decent shape, and with an economic climate that permits a reasonable quality of life on very-low-margin profits (and with less pressure for a “higher use” at every accessibly-located establishment) provide the perfect conditions to offer many palatable second-run options.

        The Admiral experience, however, makes me question the wisdom of keeping something open at barrel-bottom prices just for the sake of inertia. That’s the worst of many Seattle theaters so dank and unpleasant and with poor enough projection that I won’t even bother. The others include lesser first-run houses operated by Landmark (Guild 45th and the rapidly-declining Varsity). And one of our two downtown multi-plexes (Regal Meridian) suffers the flattest digital projection I’ve ever encountered.

        Frankly, it is a joy to pay full price to one of our two stellar, non-corporate neighborhood theaters (Ark Lodge and Majestic Bay) that offer sound and picture and cleanliness and value that in every way bests the multiplex.

        Meanwhile, we have the NW Film Forum for truly ambitious programming (Portland Art Museum’s NW Film Center is driven a bit more by art-film establishment consensus) we have the Sundance (equivalent to your Living Room), and we have the aforementioned Central Cinema when social drinking is the real point.

        The sale of the Harvard Exit — a unique experience that owes more to its indirect architectural path to film exhibition than to its bookings — is Seattle’s only acute cinema loss in recent memory.

  2. My first and last visit to the Ark Lodge last year did happen to be via LINK, though only excuse I need to ride LINK is how bad the Breda buses on the Route 7 smell.

    The movie visit ended after about ten minutes of a Woody Allen movie that smelled worse than a Breda- and was glad for the speed with which LINK helped me escape.

    But I really think that a really good excuse to ride LINK right now is to provide a plausible excuse for never getting closer to “The Interview” than the long blocks between Rainier and the tracks.

    I’d be surprised if the whole US Justice Department didn’t immediately scope out that Sony Pictures has means, opportunity, and motive to hack itself. Obvious motive is to create a single audience member for its ridiculous move, no matter how stoned.

    But the whole truth is that President Kim stuck a pin in an inflated weather balloon to make his bodyguards think that after futile years of holding his breath ’til he turned blue, the young tyrant had made good on his threat to blow up his own head because they wouldn’t get him a ride on LINK.

    So while their attention was focused on covering up their dereliction, which they knew would cause them to lose face when their own heads got cut off, Kim e-mailed Sony offering them all of North Korea’s nuclear weapons for special effects in return for an ORCA card.

    But Kim was already in the belly of a Korean airline miles above the Pacific, hiding in a crate of kimchee under dozens of boxes of substandard macadamia nuts- when ST turned down Sony’s plea because their application lacked the most basic requirement: an excuse!

    So real reason Sony hacked itself after blaming the psychotic and murderous but innocent North Korean government was its calculation that even if nobody else took the bait, the Ark Lodge would definitely uphold Americans’ Constitutional right to see an idiotic movie.

    Thereby providing Kim with the excuse he needed for his LINK ride while also getting even with his poopy guards by getting them executed. Though his American handlers wisely didn’t tell him certain details.

    Sparing ST having to pull a car out of service and hose it out after Kim discovered he’d been charged five dollars for a card that didn’t even have a Day Pass loaded on it.


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