Two more Landmark Theatre locations in Seattle are biting the dust. Bryan Cohen at Capitol Hill Seattle Blog says the Harvard Exit Theatre is closing next month:
Landmark Theatres confirmed to CHS Monday that the company would cease screenings at the twin cinema min-January after being notified that the longtime family owners secured a deal to sell the historic building at Harvard Ave and E Roy. CHS is working to confirm the buyer’s identity.
A statement from Ted Mundorff, President and CEO of Landmark Theatres indicates Landmark will no longer be managing the Varsity Theatre in January. Here's the statement in its entirety:
Landmark Theatres has confirmed the Harvard Exit has been sold and will cease theatrical exhibition mid-January. In addition, Landmark has announced they will cease to manage the venerable Varsity Theatre beginning January, 2015. “We’re sad to say goodbye to our loyal customers and hope they will continue to visit us at one of our other locations, The Crest, Seven Gables or the Guild 45th. In fact, plans are underway to remodel the Guild 45th beginning next year which further reinforces Landmark’s commitment to the Seattle market. We will continue to provide great films and superior customer service to the community which has supported us for over 30 years,” says Ted Mundorff, President and CEO, Landmark Theatres.
So now we have to wait and see if, as in the case of the other Landmark Theatres in town that have closed, some benefactor like SIFF, Sundance Cinemas, or Seattle Theatre Group will swoop in and save the venues. After Landmark Theatres closed the Metro, the Neptune, and the Egyptian over the last few years this news shouldn't come as a surprise. But it's still very sad.
(This post has been updated from its original publication.)