Guest Picks: Lynn Shelton

Since taking Sundance and SIFF by storm with her breakthrough film Humpday in 2009, Lynn Shelton has been working at a furious rate, already wrapping her sixth feature Laggies, due next year. She shared four of her Seattle favorites from her home in North Seattle, where she lives with her son and husband.

Best Movie Theater: Thornton Place

I wind up most frequently at Thornton Place, because I live in North Seattle and my kid is hearing-impaired, and they have the best closed-captioning system in the land. Nostalgically, I love to go to any of the older theaters in Seattle that I remember so fondly from my youth: the Harvard Exit, the Seven Gables, the Grand Illusion. I still mourn the Ridgemont and the Neptune, and I am bereft that the Egyptian has now left us as well. Northwest Film Forum has an incredible lineup of films that you’ll not get a chance to see anywhere else, as does SIFF Cinema Uptown. For blockbusters, it’s hard to beat the Cinerama.

Best Video-Rental Store: Scarecrow

I frequent one video store only, and that is Scarecrow Video in the U District, the cinephile’s wet dream. Absolutely fantastic selection, knowledgeable and cheerfully nerdy staff—I always come out of there happier than when I went in.

Best Place for a Married Date Night: Boat Street Café

There are so many great chefs in Seattle. I have a special soft spot for Renee Erickson: The Walrus and the Carpenter, The Whale Wins, and, on very special occasions, the Boat Street Café. I was also just introduced to Nishino in Madison Park: best sushi I’ve ever had.

Best Farmers Market: Ballard Farmers Market

I love the Ballard Farmers Market on Sundays, and am grateful it’s year-round. The Phinney Farmers Market is adorable and cozy and less crowded, and I always wait with bated breath for it to open at the end of May and mourn its departure in the fall.

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