10 years ago Northwest Film Forum sold the Grand Illusion to a group of former employees and volunteers. They formed a non-profit corporation to keep the smallest, most eclectic cinema in all of Seattle open for business, operated entirely by volunteers. Still today no one is paid!
From the Film Forum's website:
At the 2003 annual member meeting, Northwest Film Forum's staff, board, and members discussed the idea of moving to a new, bigger space that could house everything under one roof. Everyone expressed excitement, and plans moved forward to create Seattle's great cinematheque in an open space on 12th Avenue.
After running the Grand Illusion Cinema for 8 years, the theater was passed on to long-time employees Guerren Marter and Spenser Hoyt, who were enthusiastic about continuing its legacy.
The Grand Illusion programmed a few special 35mm screenings in honor of the occasion. Check them out on their website, and go enjoy one of the quirkiest places in town to enjoy fresh popcorn and a fun flick.