The Puget Sound region abounds with theatres and performing arts venues. Seattle has been reputed to have more theatres per capita than any other city outside of New York, and it’s certainly true that here you will find something for every taste. Seattlites swell with pride that the current Broadway smash hit Hairspray was born at The 5th Avenue Theatre. The stunningly historic and renovated Paramount and Moore theatres host everything from top national dance and concert acts to touring Broadway and experimental theatre. You can’t go wrong when you enjoy a “night out” at one of our many Theatres.
Bellevue Civic Theatre
Bellevue Civic Theatre is a small professional Eastside theatre that is dedicated to providing theatre with an emphasis on contemporary, classic, and musical comedy. The theatre is located in Maydenbauer Center, at 11100 N.E. 6th Street in downtown Bellevue.
The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center
The arts come alive on the Eastside, thanks to The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center. Since opening in the mid 1990’s, this state-of-the-art, 410-seat facility has fulfilled its role as one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier places for community-based performing arts. The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center features a welcoming atmosphere combined with state-of-the-art technology and a professional staff with the know-how to help produce stellar performances. Each year, The Theatre at Meydenbauer is proud to play host to an array of productions by local, regional and national performing arts groups. The Theatre is located at 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue.
Everett Performing Arts Center (EPAC)
Village Theatre was contracted by the City of Everett in 1998 to be the resident performing and management company at the Everett Performing Arts Center (EPAC). An outstanding venue for all occcasions, the Everett Performing Arts Center (EPAC) is one of the finest rental spaces in Snohomish County for performing arts and special events. Specialized amentities and a professional staff make the facility ideal for a wide range of events, including theatrical performances, concerts, receptions, parties, conferences, and seminars. EPAC also incorporates its own KIDSTAGE and Pied Piper programs. The Everett Performing Arts Center is located at 2710 Wetmore Avenue, Everett.
Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
Better known as Mainstage, the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre is the main theatre of Village Theatre. It was built in 1994 down the street from the original First Stage Theater. From fall to spring, Village Theatre puts on five professional shows at Mainstage. Over 18,000 people subscribe for all five shows and over 182,600 patrons visit. In addition to serving as a year-round theatre, Mainstage is the home of KIDSTAGE production office and rehearsals rooms, administration offices for the yearlong and part-time staff, and an annual fundraising gala. The address is 303 Front Street North, Issaquah.
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center
On June 6, 2003 the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center opened its doors for the Gala Celebration for Donors. Since that date, countless events have been successfully enjoyed by Renton High School, the City of Renton, and the Renton Community. Arts organizations including the Rainier Symphony, the Renton City Concert Band, Eastside Dance Theatre, Evergreen City Ballet and others are calling the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center home. The Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center is located at 400 S. 2nd Street in Renton.
5th Avenue Theatre
Since 1926, the magnificent 5th Avenue Theatre has captivated audiences with music, drama and laughter. In the early days, people eagerly lined up for first-class vaudeville shows, featuring top entertainers. The theatre later transformed itself into a popular movie palace. The 5th fell on hard times in the late 70’s—but fortunately, was saved from a wrecking ball by a visionary group of businesses and community leaders. Following a spectacular $2.6-million renovation, the theatre re-opened in 1980, more beautiful than ever. Today, the theatre produces top-quality musical revivals, premieres of bound-for-Broadway shows, and presents touring Broadway musicals. The theatre also hosts a variety of special events, and offers a number of education and outreach programs to school-age children and adults. The 5th Avenue Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Seattle on 5th Avenue between Union Street and University Street.
ACT has been finding, creating and sharing contemporary theatre with audiences since 1965. ACT made history as the first theatre in Seattle dedicated to producing contemporary plays, and they are still making history as the most welcoming development house for new plays around. With multiple stages and diversity of work, ACT keeps audiences intimately involved with new theatre. Since 1998, six of ACT’s world premiere plays have gone on to New York as ACT productions. The theatre is located at 700 Union Street, with a secure indoor entrance from the Washington State Convention & Trade Center Garage.
Benaroya Hall houses two performance halls for the Seattle Symphony in a complex that is thoroughly integrated into downtown Seattle. Occupying an entire city block at the very core of the city, the development celebrates the vital role of performance events while maintaining the continuity of commercial life along one avenue and providing a much-needed public space, in the form of a terraced garden, along another.
In 1998, after an ambitious capital campaign that raised $159 million in private funds for construction, endowment, and financing – the largest amount ever raised by an arts organization in the State of Washington – Benaroya Hall opened its doors, bringing with it a 50% increase in subscribers in its first season, sold-out concerts, national attention and the increased revenues for which the Seattle Symphony hoped. Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, Seattle.
Center House Theatre
Located on the 1st floor of the Center House, the Center House Theatre at the Seattle Center is most easily recognized as “the old Group Theatre space.” The theater is also the administrative home to the Seattle Shakespeare Company and Book-It Repertory Theatre. The theatre address is, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle.
Columbia City Theater
The Columbia City Theater, once known as the “Lish House,” was a sonic playground for Jimi Hendrix in the 60’s, an underground disco haven in the 70’s, home to hardcore punk bands in the 80’s, and the most revered underground electronic music venue in Seattle during the 90’s. With a multimedia deluxe transformation in the 21st century, the former “Lish” is now hands-down one of the most beautiful event spaces in the region.
The current Columbia City Theater offers a classic show stage, a full state-of-the-art audio recording studio, a video production facility, a VIP mezzanine, a catwalk and a full bar. They host a variety of events from burlesque, live music and comedy, to private parties and community meetings. The theater is located at 4916 Rainier Avenue South.
Intiman Theatre, is one of the premiere theatres in the country. Founded in 1972, it is dedicated to producing some of the most extraordinary theatre created anywhere in the world. It makes a home for vigorous, bold and emotionally rich approaches to the classics, and is the starting point for the development of work created by some of the country’s best writers and artists. INTIMAN, which translates to “the intimate,” emphasizes a close relationship between actors and audiences. The INTIMAN Playhouse is at 201 Mercer Street on the northwest corner of Seattle Center campus.
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall opened on June 28, 2003. The Hall fulfills nearly ten years of hard work and dedication from the staffs of Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Seattle Center. In August of 2003, the Seattle Opera inaugurated Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, with a new production of Wagner’s Parsifal which ranked among the company’s finest artistic achievements. The Hall is located at 321 Mercer Street (Mercer Street and 3rd Avenue North), on the North side of the Seattle Center in downtown Seattle.
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Seattle Repertory Theatre, founded in 1963, is one of America’s premier non-profit resident theatres. The theatre produces plays of true dramatic and literary worth, on two stages as well as offering educational programs and new play workshops. The theatre is located on 155 Mercer Street next to the Mercer Street entrance to Seattle Center.
Seattle Theatre Group - Paramount and Moore Theatres
The Seattle Theatre Group (STG) is a not-for-profit performing arts organization dedicated to operating Seattle’s historic Paramount & Moore Theatres, presenting diverse programming and maintaining extensive Education & Community Programs.
• Moore Theatre
Built in 1907, the Moore Theatre is the oldest remaining theatre in Seattle. Hailed as one of the most beautiful and completely equipped playhouses in the United States, the Moore boasted a grand lobby with mosaic floors, marble, onyx, carved wood, stained glass, and metal. There was also a ceiling fresco in old rose, cream and gold. Beams were supported by Muses representing Drama and Music. The theatre interior was resplendent with clusters of lights, rich hangings, and stained-glass paneling. The theater was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The Moore currently hosts a mix of theatrical productions, music concerts, and lectures. It is located on 2nd Avenue and Virginia Street near the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.
• Paramount Theatre
Hollywood-based Paramount Pictures constructed a grand movie palace in practically every major city in the country, many erected between 1926 and 1928. In late 1926 or early 1927, Paramount Pictures decided to build in Seattle. Paramount Pictures invested nearly $3 million for construction. The theatre has suffered a checkered past but unlike many similarly elegant buildings, the Paramount has remained open throughout the years, playing host to movies, concerts, musicals and even rock concerts. In the 1990s, it underwent restoration, and the building once again evokes the wonders of a 1920s Movie Palace. The Paramount was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in October 1974. It is is located at 9th Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle.
Town Hall Seattle
Town Hall is Seattle’s community culture center located in the historic First Hill neighborhood, on the edge of downtown. Town Hall showcases the community’s cultural energy with diverse music, arts and humanities, civic discourse, and world culture programming. Housed in an historic Roman-revival-style building on the corner of 8th and Seneca, Town Hall opened in March 1999.
Local, national and international programs and performances are scheduled year-round in the Great Hall and Downstairs at Town Hall. Please visit our calendar of events for a current listing of public events. Town Hall’s name recalls town-meeting democracy and is emphasized by the by the intimate, curved, amphitheater-style seating of the Great Hall. Town Hall is located at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca Street) in Seattle.
Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
Tacoma boasts a vibrant theatre district, which includes two historic theatres, thTacoma boasts a vibrant theatre district, which includes two historic theatres, the Pantages and Rialto, and a state-of-the-art venue in Theatre on the Square. the theatre district is located in the heart of downtown on Broadway. All three theaters are managed by the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.
• Pantages Theatre
The Pantages, is a beautiful historic theater seating 1,169 audience members, offers a lush performance experience and is home to The Tacoma Opera, Tacoma City Ballet, Tacoma Philharmonic, Tacoma Concert Band, and Tacoma Symphony. The block now occupied by the Pantages Theater was once the site of a saloon, Tacoma’s first library, and Tacoma’s first department store. Built in 1918, the Tacoma Pantages was designed after an ornate theater in the Palace of Versailles. The Pantages is located at 901 Broadway, Tacoma.
• Rialto Theatre
The Rialto, is a 742-seat theater that originally served as a grand movie palace, hosts the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association, the Northwest Sinfonietta and the Puget Sound Revels. Hailed as “the ultimate photoplay house,” the Beaux-Arts style Rialto opened September 7, 1918. Tacoma’s Rialto was part of a national movie house chain and as such, the stage space, orchestra pit and dressing rooms were at a bare minimum. The lobby was also considerably smaller than the current one we see today. Today it is once again an active player in the prosperity of downtown Tacoma. Rialto Theater is located at 905 Broadway, Tacoma.
• Theatre on the Square
Theatre on the Square, which opened in 1993, is a 302-seat facility with a contemporary flair, offers a more intimate setting and is home to the Tacoma Actors Guild, the region’s only professional theater company, and has full production capabilities including a rehearsal room, scene shop, costume shop, and storage space. The theatre and a new rehearsal hall sit adjacent to the Pantages.
The Foster Performing Arts Center
The Foster Performing Arts Center is a true gem and asset for Tukwila and South King County. The Rainier Symphony is proud to rehearse weekly in this hall besides performing there five times per year.
This 550 seat performing arts center located in Tukwila provides a wonderful place for Rainier Symphony musicians to perform and the audience to enjoy great music. With comfortable seating and great acoustics, it provides a relaxed environment to enjoy the talented musicians that make up the Rainier Symphony. The Foster Performing Arts Center is located at 4242 S 144th Street in Tukwila.