The Sundance folks will be taking over the Landmark Metro in the U-district as of May 1st. They'll be renovating it in place over several months. I'm hoping to learn more about the chain, not having been to one myself. But a quick look at their website certainly has me jazzed for more independent/foreign film showing screens in Seattle within an updated viewing environment.
So to summarize, Yay!!! I'll keep folks posted as more info becomes available.
To quote from the press release
"Sundance Cinemas is pleased to announce it will be taking over the operation at the Metro 10 Cinema in the U-District on May 1, 2012. Sundance will operate the theatre for several months “as is” while it plans for an extensive remodel and prepares for the grand re-opening. The theatre will be rechristened Sundance Cinemas Seattle.
There are currently four theatres in the growing circuit. They are located in Madison, Wisconsin, San Francisco, California, Houston, Texas and the newest theatre, currently under construction in West Hollywood, California. A new location was recently announced for an 8 screen theatre in Dobbs Ferry, Westchester County, New York set to open in 2014.
Sundance Cinemas offers specialized film programming, playing the finest movies for a discerning audience culled from film festivals and the best in general release. At all Sundance Cinemas, guests enjoy drinking and dining choices, and the theatres feature all reserved seating, digital stereo sound and presentation, filmmaker events and screenings, exclusive events, plus no annoying on screen television commercials to detract from the movie going experience."Snapshot of the full press release follows: