Seattle is well known for a music and theater scene rarely found in most cities. Here can enjoy everything from ballet, plays, and operas to comedy. Exciting performances can be found throughout the city. Seattle boasts some of the most legendary theatres and concert venues in the world. The city is multi-faceted with some of the best activities for singles, couples, or the entire family. If you are looking to take in some of Seattle’s performing arts, take a look at our list.
The Paramount is the part of Seattle Theater Group which strives to present the arts through public and historic venues. You can see some of the most lavish performances here. The opulent interiors have welcomed theatre-goers for over 90 years. Today, the theatre hosts live concerts, comedy shows, speaker sessions and some Broadway shows.
The 5th Avenue Theatre
The 5th Avenue Theatre came into existence two years before the Paramount Theatre and was modeled after the Forbidden City in China. Due to financial struggles, the theatre was shut down for two years and was later reopened in the 1980s. The original design still exists and is one of the nicest theatres where one can enjoy a Broadway show or a musical.
Benaroya Hall is relatively new, opening in 1998 but has become an integral part of the city. Located downtown, this is the home of the renowned Seattle Symphony. The main hall, the S. Mark Taper auditorium has over 2500 seats. Additionally, there is a 536 seat recital hall. The lobby of the hall features a stunning chandelier by Washington artist Dale Chihuly. You can take in a variety of programming from wide range of performing artists.
ACT Theatre is a historic theatre company founded in 1965. Having moved to it’s current location in 1996 to the former Eagle’s Auditorium building was the location Dr Martin Luther King Jr., spoke in 1961. One of the two stages utilizes the recently revisited concept of performing arts in-the-round. ACT is a contemporary theatre but was known to have hosted some of the best 60s and 70s rock bands.
McCaw Hall is located under the Space Needle at the Seattle Center which formerly operated as an Opera House and the civic auditorium. After several updates and expansions this performance venue hosts the Pacific Northwest Ballet with over 150 performances each year. The hall has hosted many live concerts with an auditorium holding over 2,900 seats and a 380 seat lecture hall.