The Harvard Exit building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood was built in 1925 and purchased by current owners three years ago. (Harvard Exit Photo)
The popcorn smell is gone. There are no posters advertising new indie flicks. But good portions of the charm and character that made the old Harvard Exit movie theater in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood a special place have been retained, and it can be home to anyone looking to work out of the historic location.
In a city where coworking spaces are popping up and gobbling up square footage everywhere, changing the very nature of how people work, add Harvard Exit Coworking to the list.
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The building at 807 E. Roy St. first opened in October 1925 as The Woman’s Century Club, a civic organization with a membership of about 350 women at the time. The building hosted both club and community events until the 1960s, according to historic details on the Harvard Exit website.
In 1968, the property was sold and took on life as a two-screen cinema called the Harvard Exit Theatre. The theater ran for 47 years before closing in 2015 after the building was purchased by Seattle-based Eagle Rock Ventures and slated for renovation.
Founded in 2000, Eagle Rock is a real estate investment and development firm that does a combination of ground-up projects as well as adaptive reuse projects like the Harvard Exit. The company has one other coworking space, in the Spinnaker Building on Vashon Island.
Founder Scott Shapiro, who did not reveal the cost of renovations, described what’s been done to the three-story brick building and why he thinks it’s an attractive option in the competition for coworking tenants.
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