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This month, all three issues of City Arts – Seattle, Tacoma and Eastside – focus on the relationship between film and the city. To unite the covers, we wanted to take an iconic element from the moviegoing experience and bring it out into the daylight. While the subject of film brings with it dozens of visual clichés, I thought that classic theatre chairs – upholstered in what I’ll call Movie Theatre Red – would be the most universal ways to convey the movie theatre. But where do you get such chairs? Apparently it’s as easy as calling regular contributor Andrew Waits and explaining the concept. In a twist of fate just short of an M. Night Shyamalan ending, it turned out that Waits had a pair of seats, which his roommate had purchased from RE Store in Ballard, sitting on his front porch. After waiting in the wings for a year, they were most certainly ready for their close-up. These covers were photographed (from left) in West Seattle at Alki Beach, at Juanita Beach Park (where the Seattle International Film Festival will hold an outdoor screening of The Triplets of Belleville on May 29) and at Dickman Mill Park during low tide.

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