Movies at the Mural 2023 @ Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre

Free and kid-friendly 🎥

📸: Christopher Nelson

📅 Fridays July 28th – August 25th
📍 Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center: 305 Harrison St, Seattle
⏰ Movies start @ 9 pm

In my estimation, the Mural Amphitheatre at the Seattle Center doesn’t get nearly enough love—outside of scheduled concert/event weekends like Bumbershoot and Folklife. Most people pass it by on their way to that big honking Needle from the Frasier opening title card or that scary-sounding sea monster hockey team or to the Seattle Children’s Theatre. 

So I’m here to tell you that the Mural Amphitheatre calls out to you with cinema thanks to the free event Movies at the Mural. For five Fridays starting in late July, you can cheer with tourists and city folk alike at some honest-to-god bangers. Bonus: Each film will be preceded by short films courtesy of Cornish students.

The Princess Bride (July 28th): Rob Reiner’s classic comedic tale of swashbuckling, true love, and Rodents of Unusual Size. Take a drink (of water! This is a family event) every time Vizzini says “Inconceivable!”

Clueless (August 4th): Amy Heckerling’s modernized adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, one of the most iconic films of the 1990s, and much of the world’s introduction to Brittany Murphy. Hiss when Jeremy Sisto creeps on Cher, roll with the homies, then skank your booty off when the Mighty Mighty Bosstones show up.

Jaws (August 11th): It won’t hit its 50th anniversary until 2025, but it’s always time to celebrate Steven Spielberg’s breakout hit, one of the few PG-rated horror/horror-adjacent films to scare the everloving crap out of me. Watch this, then go play shark at the International Fountain.

Dreamgirls (August 18th): Bill Condon’s 2006 adaptation of the Tony-winning 1981 musical has aged beautifully, thanks especially to central performances from Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy (robbed of a Best Supporting Actor prize), and the Oscar-winning Jennifer Hudson (at that time best known for getting SEVENTH PLACE on American Idol season 3). 

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (August 25th): Ryan Coogler’s superhero sequel is best experienced with a crowd, as Wakanda and the world mourn the loss of a young king (R.I.P. Chadwick Boseman) and build for a better and more sustainable, communal tomorrow.

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Marcus Gorman

Marcus Gorman is a Seattle-based playwright and film programmer. He once raised money for a synagogue by marathoning 15 Adam Sandler movies in one weekend. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter @marcus_gorman.