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Michael Sarko
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A Film Buff's Ultimate Guide to Seattle

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Seattle may be known first and foremost as a music town, but in the 21st century, film is king in the Queen City. With multiple independent film organizations, a burgeoning digital movie community and scads of great shooting locations, Seattle is primed to be one of the most important film cities in the United States in the years to come. Here's a guide to where to see and learn to make movies in Seattle, as well as where to find some of the city's most iconic on-location sets for your own personal film tour.
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    When you talk about Seattle and the movies, it's impossible not to think about “Sleepless in Seattle,” the classic romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Though... more
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    Elvis Presley had a penchant for filming movies at iconic vacation destinations. His 1963 classic “It Happened At The World's Fair” was shot on location at the very place... more
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    Funnily enough, the long-running NBC comedy “Frasier” took place in Seattle, but never shot a scene here until its 100th episode. In the especially hectic episode, Frasier and... more
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    Gore Verbinski adapted the unforgettable Japanese horror movie “Ringu” for American audiences as “The Ring.” He chose gray, rainy Seattle as his setting, shooting a lot of movie... more
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    In 2007, Stuart Townshend filmed a re-enactment of the 1999 World Trade Conference demonstrations that devolved into riots. The event was later dubbed The Battle in Seattle,... more
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    The Seattle International Film Festival is one of the longest ongoing festivals in the world. SIFF brings in great movies from all around the world, hosting mini-festivals all... more
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    Seattle's film geeks know the Northwest Film Forum like a second home. The theater has two screens that specialize in super-small indie features, documentaries and... more
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    Beautiful Gasworks Park is beautiful year-round, which is probably why it's a popular filming location for movies set in Seattle. It's probably most famous for... more
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    Sundance in the University District is a different kind of film-going experience. It's 21+ with beer and wine at the concession stand and there's a loft lounge on the... more
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    A lot of Seattleites like to see the year's big “event” movies at one of the chain multiplexes, but the Cinerama in Belltown has those places beat, hands down. The screen there... more
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    This historic independent cinema has a lot of charm. Its two screens are located in an old boarding house in beautiful North Broadway, its walls covered in classic movie posters... more
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    Seattle is an increasingly multicultural city and that's reflected in its movie scene. Even some of the multiplexes are starting to show the latest hit movies from... more