August 20, 2012 |  Category:   family life remembering Seattle & the NW travels

It’s always interesting to go back to a place that you lived in the past. For Mark, it’s going back home. For me, it’s a different kind of home. You look at familiar landmarks not through the lens of childhood memories, but still from a time when you were young. That woman ringing up your coffee in that cafe could’ve been you or your friend 20 years ago. Some things are different, but some things haven’t changed and you find yourself in some kind of weird time warp.


We saw 2 movies 2 nights in a row while grandma watched the kids. 2 movies in 2 theaters that couldn’t have been more opposite – Dark Knight rises at the mall theater and Moonrise Kingdom at the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia. If you know anything about the Seattle/Olympia music scene in the 80s and 90s, then you’ll know about the Capitol theater. Built in the 20s, the theater still pretty much looks the the way I remember it when we saw movies and shows – the same red velvet theater seats, heavy brocade curtains up on the stage, and the same chandelier up on the ceiling. It’s a little bit shabby, a little bit nostalgic with ghosts of bands past. The way any indy arthouse theater should be. Perfect place to watch Moonrise Kingdom, I’d say.

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  • Jill August 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    AAAAH! Mia’s camera! So happy seeing that. Glad you guys are having a ball — it looks beautiful out there.

  • taste area August 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Ha! I love those kinds of theaters..and I loved seattle music scene, must have been quite something living there at that time..
    Did you like Moonrise Kingdom?

  • sylvï August 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    i just about burst with envy right now.

  • Hong August 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I saw you guys in Fremont yesterday! My husband and I were sailing along the canal and I instantly got giddy. I must admit, it was a little weird having a one sided relationship. I’m sure you’ll appreciate that I didn’t yell your name from the water though. 🙂 Hope you are enjoying the PNW!

  • Heather M August 21, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Yes, the Capitol, perfect place for that movie! I was a couple hours north watching the same movie at the Lincoln, Mount Vernon’s historic old theater. There were volunteers working the tickets and concession, and a volunteer playing the ORGAN before the show. It was so great.

  • Sanae August 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Gorgeous images as always! I live in Seattle and I hope you and your family are enjoying your vacation here in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Jenna August 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    @hong haha! I remember people going by in the canal. That’s so funny!

  • Jen August 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing Jenna. I grew up in Olympia and miss the Capitol Theater (a.k.a. – the $.99 theater once upon a time). I can absolutely remember the velvet seats with all their creaks and nostalgic history. Love that landmark – great memories. Have fun!

  • linda August 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I was just in Seattle this past weekend and it was so WONDERFUL! I hope you and your family are enjoying your time there!

    ~ Linda

  • Jenn August 23, 2012 at 1:16 am

    These photos are beautiful. I adore the one of Mia embracing those flowers, nose buried and savoring the moment. Love.