by Mark Van Streefkerk
These days, The Ark Lodge Cinemas is in a much different place than it was last year, and the return of summer blockbusters is part of the upswing. Columbia City’s only movie theater weathered the pandemic through generous contributions from community members, a bold new plan for the future conceived by Managing Director Justin Pritchett, and the sheer grit of owner David McRae. During last year’s pandemic-induced closure, McRae launched an ambitious GoFundMe campaign and promoted T-shirt and gift card sales, all with the aim of keeping past-due bills at bay and fighting for the future of the Ark.
Continue reading Summer Blockbusters Return to an Air Conditioned Ark Lodge Cinemas
by Marcus Harrison Green
Pandemic anticipation for Marvel Studio’s Black Panther movie has stoked euphoria in school children, heavyweight think pieces from the New York Times, and the rolling out of black carpet in South Seattle. Continue reading Black Carpet Roll Out for The Black Panther
by Kris Kendall
“When are you going to start offering beer and wine at Ark Lodge Cinemas?”
That’s the most common question that patrons ask Ark Lodge proprietor David McRae.
His answer reveals one of many factors that motivate McRae to keep his independent movie house going: “The day we start serving alcohol at Ark Lodge is the day [South Seattle] has one less business where high school kids can get a job.” Continue reading Five Years of Ark Lodge Cinemas: What’s Next?
by Staff Writer
The controversial comedy that has strained already tenuous relations between the United States and North Korea- even leading President Obama to extol the virtues of frat boy humor- will be landing in South Seattle on Christmas Day. Continue reading Christmas Brings Controversial Comedy to South Seattle