This May we are showcasing a month of movies featuring vampires, borgs, mean girls and a little 90’s James Bond. We have five MAJOR special events happening at the theater this month also we are proud to team up with Mia Roberson from Franklin High School to present her senior project, The Black & Beautiful Film Festival!


A feast for the senses!
Friday May 3rd – Tuesday May 7th at 7:00pm
Tickets $6 advance/ $8 day of show

Clooney. Tarantino. Juliette Lewis. Vampires. It’s gonna be a long night.
Friday May 3rd – Tuesday May 7th at 9:30pm
Tickets $6 advance/ $8 day of show

You are going to have to look closer.
Friday May 10th – Tuesday May 14th at 7:00pm
Tickets $6 advance/ $8 day of show

You know the name. You know the number. You know the eye.
Friday May 10th – Tuesday May 14th at 9:30pm
Tickets $6 advance/ $8 day of show

It’s a Borg thing. You wouldn’t understand.
Friday May 24th – Sunday May 26th & Tuesday May 28th at 7:00pm
Tickets $6 advance/ $8 day of show

Welcome to Girl World. Watch you back.
Friday May 24th – Sunday May 26th &Tuesday May 28th at 9:30pm
Tickets $6 advance/ $8 day of show


Always follow the unicorn.
Wednesday May 8th at 7:00pm & 9:30pm
Tickets $6 advance/ $8 day of show

Bring Spoons!
Thursday May 9th at 8:00pm
Tickets $6 advance/ $8 day of show

Ninkasi Brewing Presents:
Wednesday May 15th at 7:00pm & 9:30pm
Tickets $7 advance/ $9 day of show

You will believe a girl can fly!
GeekGirlCon presents: SUPERGIRL
Monday May 27th at 7:00pm
Tickets $6 advance/ $8 day of show

Hang onto your hearts and your wallets!
Thursday May 30th at 8:00pm
All Seats $12

The Black & Beautiful Film Festival

This May, Central Cinema has joined forces with Franklin High School senior, Mia Roberson, to present The Black & Beautiful Film Festival. Carefully curated and hosted by Mia as part of her Senior Project.

Opening Night Feature
Watch your mouth!
Thursday May 16th at 8:00pm
Tickets $6 advance/ $8 day of show

Feature Presentation
What’s cookin’?
Friday May 17th – Wednesday 22nd at 7:00pm
Tickets $6 advance/ $8 day of show

Feature Presentation
Grab the money and RUN!
Friday May 17th – Wednesday 22nd at 9:30pm
Tickets $6 advance/ $8 day of show

Closing Night Feature
Ease on down the road!
Thursday May 23rd at 8:00pm
Tickets $6 advance/ $8 day of show

It's a Borg thing. You wouldn't understand.

It’s a Borg thing. You wouldn’t understand.

Everybody’s talking about Waxie Moon In Fallen Jewel!

Word on the street is that Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel is the must see film about a gender bending sweetheart trying to find love, laughter and all that jazz in the great city of Seattle! Wes Hurley’s dazzling and terribly charming film has taken Central Cinema by storm and has played to packed houses at every screening and tonight is your chance to see it for the first time or relive it all over again!


‘Where has this movie been all my life? Think Pink Flamingos meets Sex in the City. Yes, please!” – Seattle Gay News

“Filled with heart, soul, and copious camp.” – Nark Magazine

“Super weird and good” – David Schmader, A&P

“Featuring a who’s who of Seattle’s hottest, hippest performance talent.” – Arts Crush

“Luscious costumes, sensational original soundtrack” – City Arts Magazine

“Dazzlingly bizarre!” – The Stranger
“Hillariously twisted, emblematic of the new weird Seattle.” – City Arts Magazine

Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel is not just a movie, it’s an experience. Come dressed as your favorite character and prepare to scream, hiss, play a trivia game and watch some live entertainment as our celebrity hosts and surprise boylesque guests introduce and narrate this local cult favorite.

Can Seattle’s gender-blending celebrity find love in The Emerald City? Join Waxie Moon in an epic journey (spanning decades) as she learns the value of friendship, family and fashion? “Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel” is a gender-bending genre-blending pop-art comedy musical starring some of Seattle’s favorite performers including Waxie Moon, Sarah Rudinoff, Marya Sea Kaminski, Nick Garrison, John Osebold, Jackie Hell, Lou Henry Hoover, Jackie Hell, Polly Wood, Keira McDonald, Jerick Hoffer, and many others and featuring designs by Harmony Arnold and Jennifer Zeyl and original soundtrack by Eric Lane Barnes (of Seattle Mens Chorus), We Are Golden, Campfire OK, The Little Penguins, Gretta Harley and Jose Bold.

This month’s screening is hosted by Sarah Rudinoff. Ms. Rudinoff has sung and performed cabaret at venues all over Seattle, including; The Triple Door, Showbox, Sunset Tavern and Re-bar. Sarah has sung at Les Deux Café in LA, Joe’s Pub in NYC, and opened for Kiki and Herb in Seattle. Ms. Rudinoff is the winner of The Stranger’s 2004 Genius Award in Theatre and a co-creator of “These Streets”, an original rock musical about female musicians in the grunge era. She is also half of the band, “We Are Golden” with Gretta Harley.

Visit the official site of WAXIE MOON IN FALLEN JEWEL!

SGN interview with director Wes Hurley


Tickets on sale NOW and going fast! $12 all seats. 18+show


A welcomed tax break: The 99 cent movie!

We feel your pain. Taxes stink, but alas, they gotta be paid. We here at Central Cinema, know that your money is important to you and saving a couple of bucks is even more important! We are excited to offer you the 99 CENT MOVIE! Each month we will handpick the FINAL SCREENINGS of two or three films and lower the ticket price to a whoppin’ 99 cents!*

This month’s 99 cent features are:

EMPIRE RECORDS Monday April 22nd at 9:30pm ONLY!
Tickets 99 cents!
On Sale NOW!

Cut Out Bin Special!

Cut Out Bin Special!

HOWARD THE DUCK Wednesday May 1st at 9:30pm ONLY!
Tickets 99 cents!
On Sale NOW!

Quackers of a saving!

Quackers of a saving!

So, if you are dying to see either film again on the big screen or you want to take your date out for a night on the town with the change you found in your car, Central Cinema is gonna be there for you!

*All advance tickets purchased online are subjected to a 50 cent handling fee.

Believe in sunshine and wear your shades at Central Cinema this weekend!

We have a weekend full of fancy footwork and Roddy Piper as we present the not soggy classic, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and John Carpenter’s masterpiece, THEY LIVE for 3 NIGHTS ONLY!

I believe in sunshine.

I believe in sunshine.

“Here’s one thing I learned from the movies!”
When the talkies take over Hollywood, the silent film industry is shaken. Screen legend Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) has no trouble adjusting. But what is his vocally-impared co-starlet Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) to do? Why, find a stand-in, of course! Kelley and Stanley Donen co-directed this legendary musical film which features Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. Filled with the songs you love (“Make ‘Em Laugh”, “Good Morning”, “Singin’ In the Rain”), the stunning centerpiece “Broadway Rhythm”, and an unforgettable appearance from Cyd Charisse, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN looks and sounds better than ever.
Showtimes: Friday April 12th at 7:00pm. Sunday April 14th at 7:00pm. Monday April 15th at 7:00pm.
Tickets are $6 in advance/ $8 day of show
I'm all outta bubblegum.

I’m all outta bubblegum.

“I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubble gum”.

Is John Carpenter’s THEY LIVE a hilarious send up of 50s paranoia sci-fi, or a full on 80s action movie (complete with tough guy star), or a serious social commentary? Answer: Yes! It is all of these – and a helluva lot of fun on top of that. Wrestling legend Roddy Piper (aka “Rowdy”) is Nada, a hardworking drifter who finds a pair of sunglasses that somehow allow him to see the great Reagan conspiracy – that aliens are among us and secretly brainwash us with messages like “Obey” and “No Independent Thought”. Once Nada knows the truth he has no choice but to kick some alien ass and chew bubblegum – and he’s all out of bubblegum. And let’s not forget the most amazing/ridiculous mano-a-mano fight scene in the history of cinema!
NOTE: Get there early for a pre-show featuring classic WWF matches with Roddy Piper vs. Mr. T & Roddy Piper vs. Hulk Hogan!
SHOWTIMES: Friday April 12th at 9:30pm. Saturday April 14th at 9:30pm. Monday April 15th at 9:30pm.
Tickets are $6 advance/ $8 day of show
This Saturday The BoneBat “Comedy of Horrors” Film Fest throws it’s  annual evening of giggles & gore, hosted by Steve and Gord of The BoneBat Show!


It's funny cuz it's scary.

It’s funny cuz it’s scary.

3 Questions with Jen Gilleran from GRID


We are excited to be presenting a special event that will intrigue your visual and hearing senses. This Wednesday at 7:00pm, Central Cinema will be transformed into a sound stage for film with LIVE music!

Under the direction of Jen Gilleran, GRID is going to present an evening of film accompanied by With Neil Welch, sax; Simon Henneman, guitar; Bill Kautz, trumpet/euphonium, Rob Price, guitar and Jen Gilleran on drums/percussion.

Fresh off events at The Royal Room and Northwest Film Forum, Central Cinema is delighted to have this talented and unique group of musicians bring their one of a kind vibe and spirit to our theater.

Featuring the film works of Maya Deren and Ilya Chaiken, Grid is going to provide you with an enchanted and thoughtful night of music, film and life!

Tickets still available. $8 in advance/ $10 day of show

We sat down with Jen Gilleran for 3 Questions.

How did Grid come about and how did you choose the musicians that are going to be working with you?

Gregg Keplinger and I were having a coffee at Irwin’s and he talked about this concept of stacking ideas versus playing linear ones. He added ‘what if you just played in ONE (meter) and like everything was on a grid?’ My brain exploded. At the time I was reading ‘Finite and Infinite Games’ by James P. Carse, which defines an infinite game as having the goal of ‘continuing the play’ and that the success of the game is measured primarily on whether or not the players essentially inspire the other to continue. I think this is a solid way to evaluate good improvisation. It isn’t just throwing your ideas out there. It is also learning to set up the other players so they can take the next swing.
The group of musicians I chose for this show are deeply infinite players. In the words of Carse, they understand the “joyfulness of infinite play, its laughter, [which] lies in learning to start something we cannot finish”.


What artists have inspired you past and present?

Monolithic: Joni Mitchell, John Coltrane, Mary Lou Williams, Duke Ellington, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Paul Motian, Ilya Chaiken, Jimi Hendrix, Allison Miller, Mike Nichols, Paul Klee, Min Tanaka

Six months ago: The Beatles ‘Revolver’, Alan Lomax, Ruth Crawford Seeger, RL Burnside, Jay Bellerose, The Lumière Brothers, Nina Simone.

Presently: Kate McTell, Jeff Nichols, Willie Nelson, Neil Welch, Jack Kerouac, Bill Evans.

What is your favorite swear word?



GRID presents film set to LIVE music.

GRID presents film set to LIVE music.


Bowling is healthy and fun with White Russian drink specials!

The theater has been an explosion of bowling, White Russians, crazy lines and Jeff Bridges all weekend long so far! THE BIG LEBOWSKI started this weekend and it has been great to see the fans of this classic Coen Bros film piling in to see it. With Jeff Bridges in town touring with his band, The Dude lovin’ has gone insane! The movie has been selling out in advance, so make sure to purchase your advance tickets to the rest of the screenings. We have screenings this Sunday through Tuesday at 7:00pm & 9:30pm, plus a 9:30pm screening on Wednesday. We have the yummy White Russian as our drink special. Emily has been cooking up her own special Coffee Liqueur for a really nice Caucasian. How many can you drink in one sitting?

See ya at Central Cinema!

The Dude Abides.

The Dude Abides.

Bonebat Horror Fest

Steve over at Bonebat has got a crazy lineup of long and short Horror films as well as a Funk band jam session. It is going to be quite a Saturday. There will be Hunters doing it all wrong, Puppets doing everything wrong, and so much more insanity. Check out the awesome t-shirts with the monster skeletons ripping the roof of of Central Cinema! Only one week away….

Tonight! Girl’s Pajama Party: DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD

Tonight we are hosting the Spring Girl’s Pajama Party with one of the most requested films at Central Cinema. The 90’s Christina Applegate classic, DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD is a latch-key kid dream come true! A cult classic with a rockin’ soundtrack and one dead babysitter, is one of the most fun films you will see! Pop out those contacts and put on your glasses. Wear your most comfy Pajamas and bring your stuffed animal, cuz this Pajama Party is going to be one for the record books! Oh, it’s Girls only, but if the boys by a ticket, they are totally welcome!

Tickets still available. $8 whole dollars!

The dishes are DONE!

The dishes are DONE!

Easter Weekend At Central Cinema

You are gonna want to HOP on in to Central Cinema to see what we have resurrected for your viewing pleasure! We are showcasing two amazingly dark features that will ditch the idea of looking for the fountain of youth or becoming a gigolo!

Streep and Hawn wear death well.

Streep and Hawn wear death well.

“On guard, you BITCH!”
When it was originally released in 1992, Robert Zemeckis’ pitch black comedy, DEATH BECOMES HER, was surrounded by drama on and off the camera. Amid recuts and script changes, a little gem of quality camp emerged.

Starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as too backstabbing frienemies with nothing but contempt for one another! When the secret of youth is discovered, the leading ladies will stop at nothing to not only stay young forever, but make sure the other one shrivels up and dies!

With a cast featuring Bruce Willis and Isabella Rossellini, DEATH BECOMES HER is full of eye popping special effects and is the only movie where Meryl Streep gets hit in the head by a shovel!

Joe Buck for President.

Joe Buck for President.


Playing at 9:30pm on Friday April 29 – 31 & May 2 – May 3 2013

“You’re gonna be the best-looking cowboy in the whole parade.”
1969 was a watermark year for cinema. Robert Schlesinger challenged the ratings board and released his controversial film, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, with a X rating. It would go on to win 3 Oscars, including Best Picture, making it to this day the only film to do so.

MIDNIGHT COWBOY catapulted Jon Voight’s career and his portrayal of the naive male for hire, Joe Buck, would set a precedent in acting. The film also solidified Dustin Hoffman as a voice and face in American cinema to be reckoned with.

The film is a gritty slice of life set on the mean streets of New York City. The landscape itself becomes a supporting actor as it suffocates the the cowboy and the rat, yet also frees them. MIDNIGHT COWBOY is a bravo piece of cinema that feels as fresh as the day it open.

AND don’t forget to come celebrate APRIL FOOL’S DAY with BadMovieArt and Central Cinema as they join forces to present the KILLER 80’s slasher flick, APRIL FOOL’S DAY ’86 in patent pending WHOOPIEVISION*.

Two shows! 7:00pm & 9:30pm!


“Muffy hasn’t been in an institution for three years, she’s been at Vassar!”

This April Fool’s Day, BadMovieArt ain’t jokin’ around! We are celebrating this cherished holiday with back to back screening of the KILLER 80’s slasher classic, APRIL FOOL’S DAY!

When Muffy St. John invites her college friends up to her parent’s secluded island home for the time of the lives, she just forgot to tell them that it just might be the LAST time of their lives!

As soon as the kids arrive on the island, someone starts trimming the guest list….one murder at a time. What starts out as a weekend of harmless APRIL FOOL’S DAY pranks turns into a bloody battle for survival!

Starring 80’s favorites Deborah Foreman (Valley Girl, Waxwork & My Chauffeur) & Amy Steel (Friday the 13th Part II), APRIL FOOL’S DAY is one of the most insane and TOTALLY 80’s horror films ever made!

*APRIL FOOL’S DAY will be presented in WhoopieVision! Patent Pending! With purchase of ticket, you get a Whoopie Cushion to use throughout the screening when you feel it is necessary!


3 Questions with Wes Hurley

This week we are happy to bring back Wes Hurley’s WAXIE MOON IN FALLEN JEWEL to Central Cinema. If you missed last month’s sold out screening or you are itching to watch it again (believe me we all are!) then you will have your chance on Thursday March 28th at 8:00pm. The film will be hosted by star, Waxie Moon and the alluring and always talented Ben DeLacreme! Expect insanity, musical performances and tons of surprises!

We sat down with director Wes Hurley for 3 Questions.

1. What were your inspirations and influences for Waxie Moon In Fallen Jewel?

The initial inspiration for Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel came from Marc and I’s shared love of “Sex and the City” and the old “women’s films” particularly Douglas Sirk’s masterpieces like “All That Heaven Allows” and “Imitation of Life”.  We wanted to imagine Waxie in these genres.  I love Goddard’s “Breathless” and the ending in that film is referenced a lot in our ending.  Many of my muses in Seattle are dancers and performance artists but I’m also very much in love with all things pulp, melodrama and low brow, so in my films I like to explore different ways in which stylized movement and experimental performance art can serve a seemingly tawdry narrative and vice versa.  So you’ll see things like Waxie channeling Martha Graham in her moments of grief and the ghost of Klaus Nomi suddenly taking over an aerobics instructor during a big musical number.  Sarah Rudinoff’s number which was composed by the brilliant Eric Lane Barnes and choreographed by the equally brilliant Wade Madsen, was initially inspired by the Bollywood legend, Helen, and the very dramatic music video “Original Sin” by Taylor Dayne.  I had “Original Sin” on VHS back when I was a teenager in Russia and I’d play that video over and over and over and over again so it’s forever burned into my brain.  Other things that really influenced the aesthetic of this film are Japanese anime, Tom of Finland, the Kuchar Brothers, Lynch, Fassbender, Fellini, 70’s porn, and silent movies.  The film is so different that it’s hard to explain to people so sometimes I mention John Waters, but in reality the only thing I have in common with early John Waters is making feature films on no budget and having a drag performer as my muse, although I don’t think Divine and Waxie have much in common.

What was one of the biggest challenges of getting the movie made?

The biggest challenge in making the film was scheduling.  There are over 200 people involved and they’re all busy working artists.  Everybody was very generous and supportive but juggling so many schedules was hard.  I’m so grateful to everybody involved but especially Harmony Arnold, my co-producer and costume designer, who basically lived and breathed this film that summer and worked so hard on making it look like a million bucks.  My other co-producer and art director, Jennifer Zeyl, was also instrumental in making this film happen.  She embraced my gorilla style film-making and believed in my warped vision from the start; she brought many artists on board.  I don’t know what I would do without these two women.

What is your favorite swear word?

My goal is to stop swearing and be classy.  I never swore in Russia, but it’s easy to say “fuck” for me because on some level it’s still a very foreign and sterile word.  I have to remind myself that it probably sounds just as vulgar to native English speakers as some Russian words do to me.  But yeah usually it’s like “fucking fuck fuck” or “jesus on a stick!”


Join us this Thursday for WAXIE MOON IN FALLEN JEWEL!

Tickets still available. $12 all seats.