Neptune Theatre Reopens
“NEPTUNE RISES.” It’s the too-perfect tag-line for the rebirth of the U District’s 90-year-old cinema, once slated for closure, but saved by Seattle Theatre Group in February and officially reborn as a concert, film, and theater venue this fall. If it were up to the original owners, though, the marquee outside might employ a bit more tongue in cheek: “Back from the Watery Grave” or “Neptune’s Staff Returned.” They were a sassy bunch.
Though the Neptune had its soft opening in May, the renovations have been ongoing—and major. Out went the threadbare cinema chairs, making room for all-ages patrons to crowd the stage when their favorite indie bands come to town. In came state-of-the-art sound and lighting, new safety sprinklers (phew), a bar, and good sightlines for the 21-and-over crowd who want to avoid the mob. And expect a mob, considering the hefty lineup STG has slated for September and October: Brooklyn rockers the Antlers (September 9), Brazilian new ravers CSS (October 4), Stephen Malkmus (of Pavement) and the Jicks (October 11), singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist St. Vincent (October 13), and our personal favorite, British dance band Friendly Fires (October 19). It’s practically an act a night for six weeks.
But what about the Neptune of old? Will we even recognize the place? Don’t worry: The sultry stained-glass mermaid in the lobby stayed put. Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St, 877-784-4849; stgpresents.org