The Admiral has two theaters (once only one) each with 345 seats and two aging film projectors. The cost to replace them, refurbish the theater and make it viable is high. Brein, estimates the cost at $500,000 plus. Digital projectors alone can run over $70,000 each and the refurbishing, remodeling of the building and systems in it would not be cheap.
Not cheap, unlike seeing movies there. It was seriously the only place I saw movies as a kid, because as a second-run theater that shit was like $2 in 1993 money (only $6 now!), with the only exception being that we sprung for the Cinerama for Apollo 13 because my dad wanted to see all the fire and stuff.
Keep in mind that this is especially sad — other neighborhood theaters that have faced closure, while super-sad, were in neighborhoods with other theaters that could serve the community. West Seattle has the Admiral, and only the Admiral, which makes it a super-important community feature. Everyone uses it. They play everything from Disney matinees to midnighters, like the monthly live Rocky Horror showing, which was a staple of my adolescence.
SO WHAT CAN BE DONE?? A study cited by the Herald piece says that if they converted to a four-plex it would be more viable, but it’s a big investment, so if the theater goes under it might end up being some kind of non-theater venue. Since the Admiral is owned by a small business that has other theaters in small communities to worry about, it’s a very real possibility.
SIFF is scooping up theaters like a whale scoops plankton lately, but the Admiral would pose a particular challenge in a neighborhood that’s accustomed to their cheap, relatively mainstream theater. Although the neighborhood might love some Happy Sparkle Singalong Pajama Time that followed Clinton to the org…
My real hope is that someone in the community has just been waiting for this opportunity and does a Kickstarter or something to restore the joint to its former glory. All it needs is someone to love it.
Behold this thing of beauty. An integrated streetcar system connecting South Lake Union, Downtown, Pioneer Square, Chinatown/International District, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, and Capitol Hill. It brings a tear to my transit loving eye.
The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 yesterday to accept the First Avenue alignment as the preferred alternative for the missing downtown link, and voted to pursue funding to make this thing a reality.
Sure, even if they got the full $75 million they’re applying for a $40 million funding gap would exist. And sure, the City doesn’t have that money and are in fact seeking to acquire that exact sum in November in hopes of preventing a massive shut-down of our existing bus transit system.
But those are pesky details that get in the way of the dream. The dream of transit that makes rich folks and tourists feel good. But hey, if we’re going to have a streetcar system, we might as damn well make it useful by connecting the damn things.
Merge like a zipper, you choades.
^^How most of y’all merge — WRONG
Can’t even believe we have to go over this.
City Attorney and Confirmed Marijuana Enthusiast Pete Holmes is looking for clarification re: the bullshittery that is our lack of access to delicious pot food — but, and they kind of buried the lede on this one, he’s also looking to get us more pot shops.
Among other recommendations, Holmes requested that the Board deny licenses to applicants who have not paid local taxes and that it increase the number of retail licenses in Seattle, now at 21, to ensure that the legal market has enough supply to supplant the illegal market.
Pete, you don’t have to lie to kick it. We know you want more pot stores so that it’s easier to get your pot and not have to take it to work with you.
We all want that.
Today is apparently No Pet Store Puppies day (according to the ASPCA) which makes it as good a time as any to remind you that Seattle is overflowing with options vis-a-vis pet adoption, rather than purchase.
A cool thing about Seattle is that we have basically no pet stores that churn out breeder puppies to any old dullard who walks by. However, we’re not immune to the impacts of puppy mills and tons of uninformed people keep buying their dogs like dumb idiots who don’t give a shit about anything.
Seriously, buying a dog rather than adopting it is a dumbshit thing to do and yes we are judging you. Doesn’t matter how cute that Frenchie puppy is, it does not make up for the fact that almost 4 million perfectly good pets are euthanized every year because assholes go to asshole breeders and buy asshole dogs.
DON’T BE AN ASSHOLE.
Instead, go to:
So! Don’t be a dick. Adopt your BFF instead.
We support this.
Find out more and throw your money at it here.
Just gonna leave this here because fewer than 15% of students nationwide who rely on free and reduced lunches during the school year have access to food during the summer time.
Seriously, straight out of Parks and Recreation comes this tale, via Publicola:
Don Harper, who’s leading the opposition to the parks measure, says Meinert was blocking the door."To me, he kind of tried to stand in the doorway, and basically I pretty much walked through," says Harper, adding, "I didn’t think of it as a physical altercation in any way that would be spoken of. If he feels like there is, gosh. Sorry. If the police would like to interview me, that’s fine. The gentleman was standing in the doorway. I would say that there was probably a misunderstanding there.”
"The gentleman" is Dave Meinertt, who said that "hegrabbed me and shoved me and almost knocked me and my four-year old daughter to the ground.”
UPDATE: THERE IS VIDEO
Parks: A hot subject here in the city.