Did you know Northwest Film Forum once operated the Grand Illusion Cinema? It’s true. The original Film Forum founders bought, remodeled and then ran the cinema for 8 years starting in mid 1996. The little cinema that could has had a long and illustrious history (you can read the Film Forum’s role in detail here), with it’s fair share of financial potholes.
Tomorrow the current owners of the Grand Illusion are hosting a screening of Casablanca as a fundraiser for the theatre. In honor of this, and to reflect on our era running the GI, here are a few vintage calendars for your nostalgic pleasure: