Last week rumors began to circulate that venerable Seattle movie theater, The Neptune, was going to close soon. Sadly, those rumors have now been confirmed. An official spokesman for Landmark Theaters, the parent company that runs the Neptune, as well as numerous other Seattle movie houses, released an official statement.

“We will cease operation of the Neptune in February 2011. It saddens us to leave this historical landmark in Seattle.”
-Ted Mundorff, Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Theatres

I guarantee that this news saddens us a whole lot more.

A source told The Stranger that the Seattle Theater Group (STG) is going to take over control of The Neptune after the last reel of film unspools. The group will purportedly run the theater as a live performance venue for live music and stage performances.

Here is a link to the building permit filed by STG, which describes the work they intend to do as “Tenant improvement of existing movie theater into live music theater/nightclub.”

This announcement comes hot on the heels of the closing of the Uptown on lower Queen Anne. In a matter of months Seattle will lose two great places to see a movie.

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