The Baltic Room's classy, film-noir vibe and hip-shakeable tunes make it a beautifully lit backdrop for enjoying a wide array of sumptuous sippables and delectable edibles. The multifaceted lounge cracks itself open at 7:00 a.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. on weekends to refresh night-shift rodeo clowns with locally roasted Caffe Vita coffee ($1.25–$3.50) and light breakfast eats, such as fresh pastries ($1.50–$4) and breakfast sandwiches ($3.50). Daytime cocktails, such as the elusive Bloody Mary ($7), are available to mid-morning tipplers who state their orders three times while staring into a darkened mirror.
Northwest Film Forum was founded in 1995 by two filmmakers eager to explore their art with an equally eager audience; today, the nonprofit organization screens more than 200 independent and classic films annually, while offering support for filmmakers and more than 60 classes a year for future filmmakers of all ages. Your supporting membership will get you discounted tickets to live performances and special events, access to films at member prices ($6 for regular screenings), and exclusive, members-only invitations to parties and screenings. Members at these levels also receive free large-popcorn refilling privileges at films. To stay plugged into the community, members also get a subscription to the Forum's printed, quarterly calendar and the option to join the weekly email digest. Memberships last a whole year, which makes them great annual gifts for once-yearly events such as birthdays, holidays, and weddings.
If the walls of the Moore Theatre could talk, they would probably brag, and with plenty of reason. Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the Moore Theatre has thrived as Seattle's oldest-running entertainment venue since 1907. Behind its quaint exterior, flanked with Italian and Byzantine terracotta details, lies a playhouse of grandiose opulence and architectural marvel. Inside, a grand lobby of marble, onyx, and mosaic flooring leads to an auditorium where ceiling frescos of cream and gold lord over 1,400 seats. In its burgeoning years, the venue played host to performances by Ethel Barrymore, the Marx Brothers, and Harry Houdini, becoming a beacon for vaudeville's best and a vacation home for audiences during the Great Depression. Lately, the venue has welcomed a broad variety of community-based lectures, beauty pageants, and dance troupes. Its glimmering interiors have also added eye candy to many videos from rock bands such as Wilco, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam, and comedians such as Wanda Sykes and Patton Oswalt.
GameWorks is a gigantic arcade constructed with flashy Vegas panache. The family-friendly environment is perfect for kids and fun-loving adults alike, ensuring that everyone involved will have a delightful time murdering zombies or whacking moles who murder zombies. Choose from a windmill-factory’s worth of 200-plus video games, including crowd favorites such as Wheel of Fortune, Hummer Attraction, and House of the Dead 4. Pay a nostalgic visit to the old world with games such as Primeval Hunt, or play actual classics like Pac-Man. Your card is only valid for video games. Although today’s Groupon does not cover the cost of food or drinks, you won’t have far to wander for sustenance thanks to an on-site restaurant and two bars with potent potables for the adults.
The non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre Association exists to develop, produce and present live musical theater for the cultural enrichment of the Northwest community, and to preserve, maintain, and operate the historic and irreplaceable 5th Avenue Theatre. To achieve this mission, the Theatre will actively pursue the highest standards of artistic excellence and service, enhance and continuously improve all aspects of the facility operations, endeavor to make its programming accessible and relevant to all audiences, and maintain organizational stability.
In 2004, the Langston Hughes African American Film festival began as a simple weekend series. Nearly a decade later, the festival has expanded to feature more than 40 films over the course of nine days. When guests aren’t viewing feature-length movies or documentary shorts, they can attend workshops and interactive events, all focused on celebrating black filmmakers both up-and-coming and established.