February Announcements

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Monthly screening, submissions |

Kim Basinger in 9 1/2 Weeks

Our next film has been posted.

9-1/2 Weeks

Adrian Lyne / 1986, USA 118min / digital

A man. A Woman. And an attraction that became an obsession. Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger go on an erotic odyssey in this steamy story of a love affair where secret fantasies and desires come vividly to life on screen. Set against the high-tech backdrop of Manhattan, 9 1/2 weeks is the length of the affair between Elizabeth (a beautiful art dealer) and John (the man who becomes her lover) as they explore their sexual desires with one another. Sizzling and sexy, 9 ½ WEEKS is sure to rev up your Valentine’s eve.

DISCLOSURE: This film depicts non-negotiated D/s and non-consensual sexual situations.

Showtimes: Wednesday February 14 – 645pm at the Grand Illusion Cinema

Originally, 9 ½ Weeks was scheduled for November and then the shocking allegations against Harvey Weinstein were dominating headlines and it seemed like an inordinately bad moment to promote a film that was surrounded by controversy at the time of it’s release due to the abuse that Kim Basinger endured on set during filming.

But we knew with our goal to examine the good, the bad, and the sometimes downright exploitative cinema that constitutes of history of sex on the silver screen that we cannot avoid problematic works. So instead of avoiding controversial cinema, we exhibit it while giving space to discuss why a work is problematic and hopefully, why we believe it is an important contribution to our monthly film series.

In 9 ½ Weeks, Elizabeth (Kim Basinger), a recently divorced art gallery assistant, keeps encountering a wealthy wall street broker, John (Mickey Rourke) until they begin a 9 ½ week long affair of erotic games of sexual domination and submission. Finally, Elizabeth must decide what she is willing to endure to be with John.  And this is what makes 9 1/2 Weeks an important contribution to the genre of mainstream erotic film: In Elizabeth’s sexual awakening, the affair with John did happen to her, but overtime, she finds her own voice in the relationship and ultimately decides it’s fate. So while it is far from a perfect film, this is an erotic romance with a heroine with sexual agency.

 We are still soliciting submissions for SECS FEST 2018. We are interested in seeing your erotic shorts & feature length films at our 2018 festival.

The regular submission deadline ends on February 28, so submit before the fees increase.

Submit at filmfreeway.



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Happy 2018!

Posted by on Jan 6, 2018 in Monthly screening, News |

Thank you for a fantastic year. After our launch in July 2017, with a screening of Sex World at the Grand Illusion Cinema, we have hosted 13 film screenings and held our very first erotic film festival, SECS Fest. And without so much community support, it couldn’t have happened.

And now, we are back at work putting together film programs for 2018.

So we begin 2018 with a sexual voyage into the NYC underground art salons in Shortbus (2006), John Cameron Mitchell’s follow up to Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Sex-therapist Sophia Lin (Sook-Yin Lee) reveals in a session that she has never actually had an orgasm. And so we are brought into the sex lives of some unique characters who are also seeking connection and finally, they converge at an erotic salon hosted by Mx Justin Vivian Bond.

Shortbus is, according to Variety, “unquestionably the most sexually graphic American narrative feature ever made outside the porn industry.” And John Cameron Mitchell achieved this by making a comic romance with unsimulated sex, that appreciates the humanity of the act.

So join us on January 18th for Shortbus. Note: the starting time has not yet been posted.

And finally, submissions are open for SECS FEST 2018. So spread the word and finish up those erotic films as we would love to see them at our second festival.


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“First, we’ll have an orgy. Then we’ll go see Tony Bennett.”

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Monthly screening |


Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
d. Paul Mazurski
Elliot Gould, Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Dyan Cannon

The Seattle Erotic Cinema Society monthly film event is this Thursday. We are so excited to present Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice on 35mm. When Roger Ebert reviewed the film, he correctly points out that “it isn’t really about wife swapping at all, but about the epidemic of moral earnestness that’s sweeping our society right now.” One reason Bob & Carol… remains relevant is that it is a sly comedy of manners about honesty in marriage. So while at times the film feels a bit dated, we still identify with Bob and Carol’s optimistic experimentation with open marriage and Ted and Alice’s discomfort with their friends’ improprieties.

So join us for an exploration of non-monogamy on the silver screen. The Stranger recommends it. And if you are still not convinced, there are all of the groovy 1960s fashions.

And for once, we are showing a completely non-explicit, Rated R, mainstream(ish) movie.

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Thursday, December 14, 7:30 pm

Grand Illusion Cinema

Tickets are $9 / $5 for members  (cash only)


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Just in time for Halloween, SECS presents Otto; Or, Up with Dead People.

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Monthly screening |


Now that our staff has fully recovered from our first 3 day erotic film festival, we are back at work finding erotic films to show to unsuspecting Seattle audiences. For October, we are showing Bruce LaBruce’s first foray into the under appreciated genre of gay zombie porn, Otto; Or, Up with Dead People. 

October 30th,  6:45 pm, Grand Illusion Cinema






Written and Directed by Bruce LaBruce

Germany/Canada, 2008

94 minutes

“One of the more disciplined entries in the LaBruce oeuvre, Otto is sexy and silly in just the right proportions, a cult item with a real heart.” – New York Times

Otto is a handsome, sensitive, neo-Goth zombie with an identity crisis. He wanders the streets of the city, never sleeping, until one day he auditions for a zombie film. The director, an eccentric bohemian, begins making a film about Otto, while simultaneously shooting a film about a gay zombie revolt against consumerist society. As the final, orgiastic scene of the film is being shot, Otto struggles to access the human emotions buried beneath his zombie exterior, including memories of his ex-boyfriend, Rudolf.

Toying with genre conventions, Bruce LaBruce combines different media, including a humorous film-within-the-film, while creating a new, sexy, hyper-politicized zombie mythology in OTTO; OR; UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE. Bruce LaBruce is a writer, filmmaker, and photographer hailing from Toronto, Canada. He helped launch the so-called Homocore or Queercore movement with the production of homo punk fanzines and Super 8 movies. Many of LaBruce’s films have become cult favs including HUSTLER WHITE and THE RASPBERRY REICH. Often using pornography as a starting point to examine sexual politics and homosexual radicalism, LaBruce’s films push boundaries and genres. His most recent films include REFUGEE’S WELCOME and THE MISANDRISTS.

**No one under 18 will be admitted**

And if you need more convincing, here is the curiously totally un-explicit trailer. Yes, this is an adult film with plenty of plot and character development.



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NEW – SECS Fest 2017 teaser trailer

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Monthly screening |

I’m pleased to announce that SECS Fest 2017 has a completed and downright provocative 48 seconds of titillation.

In addition to this general festival produced video, director Anne Hu has released a SECS Fest specific trailer for her charming and hilarious short film, CAKE.

Tickets are on sale now! 

And here’s a clip from our Friday night archival films, Matinee Idol. The assistant cinematographer will be attending to answer all of your questions about how the films during the golden age of pornography were made.

And finally, while I’m posting a bunch of videos to spark interest in Seattle Erotic Cinema Society upcoming events, we are also showing a French, soft-core erotic horror movie for our August event. Girl Slave of Morgana Le Fay is a seductive dreamily beautiful film that shouldn’t be missed.

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Final monthly film event before SECS Fest!

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Monthly screening |

I’m excited that we have one final event before our weekend long, erotic film festival, SECS Fest, September 8 – 10.

The Seattle Erotic Cinema Society is teaming up with Mondo Macabro to present the erotic European lesbian horror film, Girl Slaves of Morgana le Fay – 9 pm, Tuesday August 29th at our favorite theater, the Grand Illusion Cinema.


Director: Bruno Gantillon
France, 1971

**Co-Presented with MONDO MACABRO**

Driving in their car through France one summer, two young girls, Anna & Francoise, find themselves trapped in the kingdom of the mythic Morgana, Queen of the Witches.

Ever since Merlin taught her his skills centuries ago, Morgana has gone on living by obtaining the souls of the young women who pass through her kingdom. In exchange, she gives the captives who agree to her pact eternal youth and beauty. Those who refuse her grow old and ugly in the dungeons of her castle.

A classic of softcore erotic horror, GIRL SLAVES OF MORGANA LE FAY is beautifully shot. Beware the magical enrapturement – Morgana does not take well to refusal.

*No one under 18 admitted*
Grand Illusion’s box office open 30 minutes before showtime
CASH or check only

Also, will be able to sell Seattle Erotic Cinema Society memberships and festival passes at the event next Tuesday. And unlike the Grand Illusion, we will be able to accept credit cards.


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