One of our favorite ways to ride out the gray season here in Seattle is to head to the movies. Lucky for us — and you — Seattle’s art house theaters feature movies you might not see at a big chain theater. American Mary has the lowdown on some of the best art house theaters in Seattle’s north end, and the top local marijuana strains to enhance movie viewing.

The Grand Illusion is Seattle’s oldest, continuously running movie theater. Featuring restored prints of classic films, “secret” matinees and the newest independent movies from around the world, this theater has an informative newsletter that’ll keep you up to date on what’s happening each month.

Try: AV Planet X – starts at $16/1g

The Varsity Theatre in the U-District has been operating since 1940. Showing a variety of mainstream and contemporary movies, independent films, documentaries and avant-garde art performances, this theater is a great spot for date night, or even catching a movie solo. There’s also free parking after 6 p.m. on weekdays and all weekend long.

Try: SH Double Dream – starts at $15/1g

Seven Gables Theatre is housed in a space originally built in 1925 as an American Foreign Legion dance hall. Featuring a great mix of independent film and foreign language cinema with the occasional Hollywood favorite thrown in for good measure, Seven Gables is a great little spot for a night out, or a special event.

Try: AV Dark Matter – starts at $16/1g

Guild 45th Theatre in Wallingford was built in 1919, and has a cozy restaurant between its two theaters. Featuring independent films and studio favorites, the Guild 45th also serves beer and wine! Check out their giveaways and events for more cool ways to enjoy the Guild.

Try: QG Agent Orange – starts at $13/1g

If you’re a true film buff, don’t forget to stay up-to-date on the Seattle International Film Festival, and wherever you go, and enjoy your night out at the movies!

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