Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Review

From such a humble street entrance, not many would hazard a guess that inside is one of the most unique theaters Seattle has to offer: the Harvard Exit Theatre! Tucked away in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood at 807 E Roy St, this quaint little brick building is a perfect venue for your latest interest in film of the independent, foreign or indie genres.

Operated by Landmark Theatres since 1979, but built in 1925, the theatre is sure to impress; from the charming outdoor ticket window, to the small concessions booth (sans long lines and screaming children) offering classic popcorn with a twist: soy butter, and a friendly and quiet staff, all among old world architectural details throughout! Prices are also less steep and the environment is much more suitable for enjoyment of the art that is film.

Definitely worth the jaunt from Downtown!

Chris and I decided to go an afternoon date to this little jewel, to see a movie that was definitely strikingly different than the surroundings of the venue: Exit Through the Gift Shop.

This movie, if you haven’t heard, is a documentary originally intended to be about the notorious British street artist, Banksy, but which was later turned into a documentary about the not-as-well-known, but still notorious, Mr. BrainWash. The film ultimately turns into a documentary about the entire Street Art movement, enlightening, funny, and interesting even in its dullest moments. The account is one of the most vivid and thorough of the documentation of illegal art since probably Tony Silver’s Style Wars.

The film follows the filmmaker-turned-artist, Thierry Guetta or “Mr. BrainWash,” on his journey into a world that he only happened upon but became utterly enthralled with. I personally felt that the movie was a mix of documentary and historical or educational. Any fan of Street Art or Modern Art in general should see this movie. It’s a great way of really getting into the world of subversive art. The film will only be on at the Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle a bit longer, so don’t hesitate! Cast/Testimonial Interviews include: Banksy, Thierry Guetta, Shepard Fairey, the Space Invader, just to drop a few names.

See the trailer here | Visit the Harvard Exit Theatre here

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