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.
Lyric Light Opera's professional productions of classic American musicals send Broadway actors and top-flight local performers singing and dancing over the stages of beautiful venues around Seattle. Meredith Willson's Tony Award–winning musical The Music Man follows dapper con man Harold Hill's attempt to sell band instruments to a gaggle of school children, leave town with the cash, and purchase a lifetime supply of soda pop and pomade. Romance gets in the way, and soon Harold must choose between the charms of a local piano teacher and his hard-swindled money. Broadway actor Greg Stone and Seattle starlet Megan Chenovick lead the production's lively cast, supported by a full orchestra, dazzling costumes, and musical notes scraped straight from the yellowed pages of the score and dripped through pipettes into patrons' ears.
Theatre Skam merges exercise and art with its annual Bike Ride, an outdoor festival in which cyclists ride along a 4-kilometre stretch of the Galloping Goose Trail and take in professional performances along the way. Journeys begin at Cecelia Ravine Park, the hub for biking audience members with a decor station for prettying two-wheelers with eco-friendly bells and whistles and playing cards from Mother Nature's annual poker game. Guides gather a dozen wheeled viewers at a time, leading them on 45-minute jaunts punctuated by three theatrical shorts of varying persuasions, including comedy, musical theatre, spoken word, and storytelling. At the end of each night, riders gather in the park for a jovial 75-minute set by a local band. Spectators may pedal through four tours per admission, totalling 12 shows, and spend time between sets munching on healthy concessions or marshmallow helmets.
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Inside its plush, 300-seat theatre, Cinecenta suns the bright stares of students and local film buffs with glowing projections of new, classic, and indie pictures. Ease dorsal ends into a cushion, inhale real butter’s seductive aroma with a medium popcorn (a $3.50 value), and beckon carbonated elixirs to slip up the straw of a medium fountain drink (a $2.15 value) as eyes engage one of a variety of films. Cinecenta's calendar diversifies its silver screen with old school classics, recent box-office wonders, foreign films, and indie darlings. Two tickets (a $15.50 value) enables Groupon holders to invite along a friend, a maybe-more-than friend, or a school of respectful imaginary friends.