Small Business Spotlight: Ark Lodge Cinemas

Small Business Spotlight: Ark Lodge Cinemas

David McRae
Ark Lodge Cinemas
4816 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

Movieline: (206) 721-3156


How long in business?
5 years

Year opened?

What does your business do?
Seattle’s best independent movie theater, right here in the heart of Columbia City!

What are your main products/services?
First-run movies and amazing popcorn!

Who is your ideal customer?
All of our neighbors here in South Seattle! But, seriously, we usually have at least one family-friendly movie each week, and we’ve recently added screenings after 9pm to satisfy our Millennial customers (and night owls).

What problem do you solve for your customers? What necessity or desire do you satisfy?
The need to hear a good story, well told (in most cases).

What inspired you to start your business?
Having the opportunity to run a movie theater is a job model most people would run away from, but I have always enjoyed showing movies in the best light possible. Seattle is also a tough economy to do business in, so it is as a labor of love, because I certainly did not invest in a movie theater to get rich!

What makes your business different or unique compared to your competitors?
Family-run, hand-picked films, focus on the neighborhood.

What do you like most about what you do?
Seeing the smiles on peoples’ faces when they’ve just seen an inspiring film at The Ark Lodge.

Do you have any special news, deals or events to promote in the year ahead?
Our Groupon is always a popular, and we now have gift certificates that you can purchase online.

Do you have any future plans for growth or expansion that you can share with us?
Renovations and upgrades are definitely at the top of our list!

Ark Lodge owner David McCrae being interviewed for Evening Magazine! Photo/GO: South Seattle

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