Few feature films were shot in Seattle before the '60s. One of the first was The Slender Thread (1965). The movie was constructed around the producers' desire to cast Sidney Poitier with a white actress but with no romance (this was a couple years before Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?). So Poitier ended up playing a Crisis Clinic volunteer called by suicidal housewife Anne Bancroft. (The two characters never meet on screen.) Exteriors of Poitier's office were shot at what was then the real Crisis Clinic HQ, in this lo-rise Eastlake Avenue building.