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Summer Blockbusters Return to an Air Conditioned Ark Lodge Cinemas

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. 

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Five Years of Ark Lodge Cinemas: What’s Next?

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?