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Seattle Cinerama Announces Its First Anime Movie Festival

Festival to Screen Twenty-Three Titles and Many Fan FavoritesSEATTLE, Wash. — March 28, 2017 — Cinerama today announced its Anime Movie Festival, which is the first festival of its kind for the independent movie theater, owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen. Twenty-three anime movies will be shown beginning Tuesday, April 25, through Wednesday, May 3.

Cinerama’s Anime Movie Festival will feature an array of genre favorites including Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Paprika and Cowboy Bebop. A large selection of titles from Studio Ghibli will also be featured, including ten masterpieces from famed anime creator Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki titles in the Festival include Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro. Also included in the festival is 2017 Oscar-nominated The Red Turtle. All movies will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. The exceptions being Ponyo, which will be dubbed in English, and The Red Turtle, which is dialogue free.

Most of the festival titles will be digitally screened using Cinerama’s laser projection system and shown in Digital Cinema Package (DCP) format, providing the highest resolution for many of the festival’s vintage titles.

Tickets to all of Cinerama’s Anime Film Festival’s showings are $16 and beginning today, can be purchased in advance at Reserved seating is available for all festival titles. Limited edition Cinerama merchandise will also be available at the pop-up shop in the theater’s lobby. The Cinerama website provides a complete listing of movies and showtimes, which are also listed with additional details in the attached schedule and below.

As an added bonus, Tom Douglas’ nearby TanakaSan restaurant will be offering a special menu inspired by the anime films. Anime Movie Festival specials include:

  • Lin’s balcony steamed buns, inspired by Spirited Away
  • S1E17 Mushroom samba, inspired by Cowboy Bebop
  • Satsuki and Mei’s vegetable dream garden salad, inspired by Totoro
  • “I WANT HAAAAAAAM” ramen, inspired by Ponyo
  • Think tank juice, inspired by Ghost in the Shell
  • TanakaSan’s famous Asuka x Rei sake slushie with EvanJELLIES, inspired by Evangelion

About Cinerama
Cinerama has been a cornerstone of Seattle’s arts and culture history for 50 years. The theater, purchased by philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen in 1998, has the best sight and sound offerings available with the first Christie 6P laser projector in a commercial theater and audio systems by Dolby Laboratories and Meyer Sound. Cinerama’s premium chairs and locally-sourced food, beer and wine provide the ultimate moviegoing experience. In addition to its blockbuster repertoire, Cinerama hosts regular festivals and special monthly programming. Cinerama is one of the most accessible movie houses in the country. The theater offers closed captioning from any seat, assistive listening devices, audio narration devices, and reserved seating for persons in wheelchairs and their companions. Purchase tickets and reserve seats in advance and subscribe to Cinerama’s newsletter at

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