About The Bay

The Majestic Bay Theatres 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. Graceful lines of classic theatre architecture combine with fresh clean efficiency to complement the surrounding buildings. An elegant yet modern marquee will invite patrons into the theatres with a signature neon treatment on the third floor windows facing Market Street. The "Bay" letters from the old marquee were refurbished and incorporated into additional signs for the side and rear of the new building.

The new 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 cupholders complement the movie-going experience. State-of-the-art Dolby Digital sound will provide crystal-clear sound effects and dialogue. A waterfall curtain rises at the start of each presentation. The favorite concession items will be available, including a large assortment of the Pepsi beverage line, candy and popped-in-the-theatre popcorn, with real butter. Handcrafted blown-glass lighting fixtures by a local artisan accent the lower lobby.

Upstairs, the two smaller theatres will have the same luxurious amenities. Stadium seating with plush comfortable chairs and armrest cupholders and Dolby Digital sound grace both of the upper auditoriums. An elevator will be available to whisk patrons to the upper floors with ease. A spacious lobby and convenient concession stand complete the upper floor. An elegant interior design by co-owner Marleen Magnoni Alhadeff recalls the Northwest's nautical-themed theatres such as Neptune, Admiral and John Danz. Rich mahogany wainscoting and dark granite counters are two interior highlights.

The old-style center box office will provide computerized ticketing with advance sales, credit card purchases and convenient Internet sales.

Elttaes Theatres LLC originally purchased the shuttered Bay Theatre property in March 1998 with the intention of a modest remodeling. But the modern luxuries desired by Chairman Kenny Alhadeff overburdened the eight-decade-old wooden structure with its crowded aisles and narrow bathrooms. The new building allows guests to enjoy a state-of-the-art movie experience with comfort and convenience. "The Majestic Bay is our first step in developing a chain of neighborhood theatres," said Alhadeff. Construction began with the demolition of the old structure in June 1999. From the moment guests approach the box office, their expectations will be exceeded, said Alhadeff. "My intention is that the Majestic Bay is an intimate state-of-the-art theatre with a high emphasis on customer service. I want people to leave there and go, 'Wow!'"

Now, the Majestic Bay will usher new generations of moviegoers into the magic of the cinema.