The Majestic Bay Theatre continues the
legacy of motion picture exhibition in Ballard with a new
building that recalls the grace of the past with the
innovations and luxuries modern audiences expect.
Elltaes Theatres LLC originally purchased the shuttered Bay Theatre property in March 1998 with intention of a modest remodeling. But the modern luxuries desired by Chairman Kenny Alhadeff overburdened the eight-decade-old wooden structure and its crowded aisles and narrow bathrooms. A new building was constructed on the site.
Graceful lines of traditional theatre architecture combine
with fresh clean efficiency to define the Majestic Bay. A
classic yet modern marquee invites patrons into the theatres
with a signature neon treatment on the third-floor windows
facing Market Street. The old-style center box office
provides computerized tickets with advance sales, credit
card purchases, rechargeable gift cards and convenient
An elegant interior design by co-owner Marleen Magnoni
Alhadeff recalls the Northwest’s nautical-themed theatres,
such as the John Danz, Admiral and Neptune. Rich mahogany
wainscoting and dark granite counters are two interior
The triplex features a main auditorium on the Street Level
with stadium seating, providing an unobstructed view of the
wall-to-wall screen. Comfortable high-back chairs with
armrest cup holders complement the movie-going experience.
Dolby Digital Surround-EX provides crystal-clear sound
effects and dialogue. A waterfall curtain rises at the start
of each presentation. The favorite concession items are
available, including freshly popped popcorn with real
butter. Handcrafted fused-glass fixtures by a local artisan
accent the lower lobby.
Upstairs, the two smaller theatres have the same luxurious
amenities. Plush high back chairs with cup holder armrest
and Dolby Digital Sound grace both of the upper auditoriums.
An elevator takes patrons to the upper floors. A spacious
lobby and convenient concession stand complete the upper
floor. With a nod to the past, the neon “Bay” letters from
the old marquee were refurbished and incorporated into
addition signs for the side and rear of the new building.
The Majestic Bay can serve your individual, company or
organization needs with meeting facilities or hosting other
special events, such as private parties, birthdays or
corporate team-building events. Please email us for more
information on how we can serve you.
As we approach our first decade of serving more than 1
million patrons, the challenges faced by Elttaes Theatres
President Aaron Alhadeff and General Manager Brent Siewert
remain the same as detailed by Kenny Alhadeff on the first
day of operation: “Our intention is that the Majestic Bay is
an intimate, modern theatre with a high emphasis on customer
service. I want people to leave there and go, ‘Wow!’”