How can you tell which movie is playing in one
On the ticketing page, each auditorium is listed. The
newspaper listings of theatre show times routinely list
movies in alphabetical order. Our Friday newspaper ads
in the Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer list
the movies in order of auditoriums (the glossary listing
on other days list the movies in alphabetical order). We
also list our movies on the Marquee; Outside Poster
Cases and Phone Message in the order of the numbering of
the Auditoriums. The big auditorium is #1 and that movie
is listed on the top of the marquee, on the far left
outside poster case and first on the phone message. The
second auditorium (#2) has its movie listed second on
the marquee, second left poster case and second on the
phone message, with the same order for the third
auditorium. There may be some cases, where the
anticipated demand differs from actual demand and the
movies are moved before the marquee is changed, but the
ticketing page is always connected to the ticketing
system, so any changes are noted immediately.
When does the box office open?
Usually the box office and theatre doors open at least
one-half hour before the first show of the day, earlier
on weekends or “big” movies.
How long before the feature actually starts from the
We usually run only three
trailers before our feature, and those
trailers are chosen because it is likely,
but not guaranteed, that we will be running
the movies featured. Our trailers/policy set
has an approximate eight-minute running
time, so most of the feature presentations
usually start about eight minutes after the
Do you ever close early?
We are open every day of the year, and we only close
early one day of the year, Christmas Eve, when we only
have one evening showing of all movies.
Do you sell Gift Cards?
Gift cards are available at the box office during
regular business hours and are good for admission and
concessions. For out-of-town purchases, please email the
Bay with a convenient time to call.
What does Elttaes (as in Elttaes Theatres) mean?
The name Elttaes (el-TAY-ess) is Seattle backwards. The
name comes from an old family tradition as owner Ken
Alhadeff’s grandfather, Joe Gottstein, had a
thoroughbred race horse stable named Elttaes Farms.
What is depicted with the running horse trailer
before the feature?
In 1879 a former governor of California made a bet with
East Coast gentleman that a trotting horse had all four
legs off the ground at one time. To prove his point, he
hired a portrait photographer named Eadweard Muybridge,
who took a series of 24 pictures that were triggered by
the horse as it ran through a trip wire. The bet was
won, but it was also realized that these still images
could be projected in succession to create movement.
Muybridge’s experiment with 24 cameras proved prophetic
as this ultimately became the standard at which movies
are shot, 24 frames per second. We have a card with more
information on the Elttaes Theatres trailer on a card
available in the main lobby.
Why are there older movie posters in the hallway to
We have posted our top-grossing films for each year on
the hallway, along with posters from special movies we
Currently, for our special movies wall, we have a
cast-signed poster for “The Majestic”; “A River Runs
Through It” signed by Seattle resident and Majestic
Bay-fan Tom Skerritt; “The Insider” signed by James
Wiegand who was played by Russell Crowe in the movie;
“Dreamer” signed by jockey Victor Mercado; “Good Night
and Good Luck” signed by Journalist Edward R. Murrow’s
nephew Casey and Russian Pilot Milo Ridulovich whose
plight started the conflict portrayed in the movie; “The
Heart of the Game” the documentary on the Roosevelt High
Girls basketball team, signed by director Ward Serrill;
“Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” signed by “Basil
Exposition” himself, Michael York; and a cast-signed
poster of “Outsourced” from Seattle-based Dreamcatcher
Productions, which had its premiere run at the Majestic
Do you have a crying room?
No. First showings on Tuesday to Thursday are usually
the least attended and the best chance for an infant who
might sleep most of the way through a movie. If that
doesn’t work, please see the box office attendant.
Why is there a Pig in the upper lobby?
The Popcorn Pig in the Third Floor Lobby was created by
Artist Dennis Warshall as one of the 100 pigs for the
Parade of Pigs honoring the 100th Anniversary of the
Pike Place Market.
How do send you an email?
Click here to email the Majestic Bay