Like science, movie theaters are better the old-fashioned way. Treat yourself to a classic theater experience with today’s Groupon to Far Away Entertainment. Choose from the following options:
- For $8, you get two adult tickets and a large popcorn at the Historic Admiral Theater (a $17.50 value).
For $10, you get two adult movie tickets and a large popcorn at one of the following seven locations:
- Anacortes Cinemas (up to a $26 value)
- Bainbridge Cinemas (up to a $26 value)
- Lynwood Theatre (up to a $25.25 value)
- Oak Harbor Cinemas (up to a $26 value)
- Ocean Shores Cinemas (up to a $23.75 value)
- Olympic Cinemas (up to a $26 value)
- Stanwood Cinemas (up to a $27 value).
Far Away Entertainment oversees a tight-knit crew of locally owned movie theaters, many of which show first-run films, and some of which will let customers catch up on second-run characters. More intimate than a multiplex, Far Away's theaters host five screens at most, and all stock full concession stands with treats including frozen Junior Mints, caramel popcorn, all-beef hot dogs, and popcorn cartons filled with only melted butter. Though amenities and concession stands vary by location, most movie mavens will enjoy modern amenities, such as surround sound and reclining seats.
Many of Far Away Entertainment's theaters boast a historic vibe, such as the Admiral Theater, which shows indie and second-run films on its two screens for people who missed the Oscar campaigns for Black Swan and Little Fockers. The almost-octogenarian Lynwood Theatre holds court as one of the first "talkie" theaters in the area, drawing crowds to a single screen by featuring off-Hollywood mainstream fare, such as foreign films, indie releases, classics, documentaries, and slideshows of staffers' road trips.
Far Away Entertainment Theaters and Cinemas
It sounds just like a movie: a former Disney employee and a former mayor team up to run their own theater. That's exactly what Jeff Brein and Sam Granato did in 1988 with Bainbridge Cinemas, where they still spend Friday and Saturday nights tearing tickets and scooping popcorn. Besides Bainbridge Cinemas, their theater collection—Far Away Entertainment —oversees seven other local theaters, including the historic single-screen Lynwood Theatre. Opened in 1936, Bainbridge Island's first talking picture house now specializes in independent features and foreign films in which actors rearrange the English alphabet to make strange new sounds.
Over at the two-screen Admiral Theater, projectionists give newer Hollywood releases a second run, plus host screenings every year for the Seattle International Film Festival. Far Away's five remaining theaters, each with three to five screens, show digital versions of Hollywood's freshest celluloid. Lean back in the Anacortes' reclining seats, or scarf down an all-beef frank at Oak Harbor while taking in a flick or live screening of the Metropolitan Opera.