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History Cafe: Seattle at the Movies

Robert Horton, curator of MOHAI's exhibit "Celluloid Seattle," will moderate a conversation about the theaters and people that made Seattle a great movie-watching city, especially during the decades when places such as the Harvard Exit, the Seven Gables chain, and the Seattle Film Society developed an audience for arthouse cinema.

He will be joined by film critic and former Film Comment editor Richard T. Jameson, who upon arriving in Seattle in 1965 designed and taught courses for a UW film program that didn't yet exist, helped operate the Edgemont Theater, wrote for the pioneer counterculture weekly Helix, was film critic of The Weekly for most of its first decade, and edited the Seattle Film Society journal Movietone News [masked]).

Join us on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the MOHAI Cafe at the Museum of History & Industry's new location in Lake Union Park for lively a discussion about history. Each cafe features a different topic, and invites history enthusiasts to come together and share what you know. Grab a cup of coffee - or glass of wine - and enjoy learning about the past!

Please note: History Cafe is a free program, but if you wish to visit the MOHAI galleries, you must pay museum admission (galleries close at 8 pm).

This event series is brought to you by MOHAI, KCTS 9, The Seattle Public Library, and

RSVPs: Seating at History Cafe is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your RSVP gives us an idea of how many people are coming, but does not guarantee you a seat, so we encourage you to arrive at least 15 minutes early. If an event is full on Meetup, you may still come.
Parking: After 6 pm, numerous lots near Lake Union Park offer free parking. Look for parking lots off Fairview Ave, Westlake Ave, or Valley Street, or take the South Lake Union Streetcar from downtown Seattle.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Topic wasn't as advertised. Speakers kinda' off in their own little world, ruminating on an arcane aspect of the movie theater business.

    2 · May 4, 2013

  • Grindle

    Thought it would focus more on oldest theatres in region but still quite entertaining to learn about "indie" movement that started in 60's.

    1 · April 20, 2013

  • Maia Krahl A.

    Was this presentation videorecorded, and if so, when will it air?

    April 18, 2013

    • Tom B

      Yes, I believe all of the History Cafe presentations are made available on the KCTS 9 website.

      April 19, 2013

  • Joe P.

    With my schedule being in flux it is hard to say more than the day before if I can attend but I will try

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organizing this.

    April 10, 2013

  • Karen

    The MOHAI’s exhibit Celluloid Seattle is really fun....this should be an interesting discussion. I can think of a lot of things that have changed from watching silent movies at the Granada; to subdividing Lewis and the remodel of the 5th Avenue....or the decline of drive-in theatres.

    1 · January 1, 2013

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