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Best Theaters in Seattle

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Town Hall Seattle

Housed in an historic Roman-revival-style building, the Town Hall in Seattle is very special to the people of the city. Constantly buzzing with art and cultural events, this place brings into focus the distinct music and energy Seattle has to offer. A must-visit for art lovers, this place hosts performances, dances, theater and concerts from time to time. The Town Hall is also used by dozens of organizations for their performances, meetings, banquets, exhibits, lectures, and social events.

Seattle, WA, United States
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5th Avenue Theatre

Opened as a vaudeville theater in 1926, 5th Avenue Theatre shortly became a movie house. Closed in 1978, it was restored and reopened in 1980. The ornate interior of deep red, blue and gold is modeled after decor from Imperial China. The theater averages 175 shows a year, mostly musicals, including classics like The King and I and Les Miserables. The long, narrow theater seats 2130 with the back seats far from the stage.

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Saint Mark Taper Auditorium at Benaroya Hall

With stylish decor, a 2500 seat capacity and ultra-modern lighting and acoustics, Taper Auditorium at Benaroya Hall has it all. This place not only hosts concerts but also takes pride in planning business meetings and seminars.

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The Bullitt Cabaret

Located within the Contemporary Theater(A)–ACT on Union Street is the cabaret venue called the Bullitt Cabaret. Named after Dorothy Stimson Bullitt, the venue has also played host to workshops, plays and other productions. With multiple seating options available, the cabaret is an addition to the other performance venues within the theater. Check their website for a complete list of the events schedule at the Bullitt.

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The Falls Theatre

The Falls at the Contemporary Theater (A) - ACT is 7,428 square feet (690 square meter), and can accommodate up to 409 people. Complete with high tech sound and visual systems, this venue holds events such as seminars, meetings and performances. Plush seating, comfortable ambiance and great accessibility make it all the more welcoming. The venue also features three convenient dressing rooms with toilets attached. Check website for further details.

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The Allen Theatre

The Allen at the Contemporary Theater (A) - ACT is a smaller theater that can hold up to 420 people. Complete with high tech sound and visual systems this venue holds events such as seminars, meetings and performances. Check their website for current events.

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The Showbox

With the prow-like marquee, The Showbox looks like a standard concert venue planted in the grit of First Avenue. A closer look will reveal much depth as you'll find that the popular music venue has been enthralling music lovers since 1939. And indeed, the musicians who perform here are well-known, like P.J. Harvey, Zap Mama and Les Nubians to name a few. Small raised platforms offer seating around the dance floor, and there are two separate bars. The attached Green Room bar offers cocktails and a varied bar menu.

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Paramount Theatre

This 1920s movie palace-turned-concert hall was renovated in 1995 and is now one of Seattle's premier theaters. The ornate interior with its crystal chandeliers is reminiscent of classic European theaters. Thanks to technology (and a former Microsoft employee), the seats retract and a dance floor rolls out, making this a multifunction space. Paramount theater seats more than 3,000 people and the stage is large enough for touring Broadway block-busters like Fame, Riverdance and Miss Saigon, and musical guests the likes of David Bowie, James Brown and the Beastie Boys.

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Moore Theatre

Located between downtown and Belltown, this proud venue to loud concerts is beautifully embellished inside and out with carvings. It is the kind of place played by artists on their way up or on their way down. Moore Theatre is both big enough to feel important and small enough to get crowded fast. Considering its size, the feel is remarkably intimate, and although the seating is bolted down, there's always ample dance space by the stage. Typical bookings include rock, pop, crooners, electronica, dance, comedy and the occasional film festival.

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WaMu Theater

The WaMu Theater, part of CenturyLink Field, is a famous concert venue located in the city of Seattle. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for a concert, this venue can hold anywhere between 3000 to 7000 people in its spacious premises. The ambiance at the theater is amazing and the audio-visual systems enrich the performance watching experience. World famous bands such as Judas Priest, Yes, Oasis, Staind and 3 Doors Down have performed at this venue. Apart from being a venue for concerts, this place can also be used for conferences and other functions.

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Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center

The ornate building of Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center was once a synagogue, as is revealed by its Romanesque windows and symbolic stone tablets. Today, it's a temple to the arts, named after African-American poet Langston Hughes. The center offers a varied roster of activities, workshops and classes in such skills as marimba, African dance and self-defense. The well-produced high school musicals and literary readings have extended the center's reach beyond the immediate neighborhood.

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Seattle Children's Theatre

Linda Hartzell created this wonderful theater especially for children, and it was worth the effort. Specially selected for theater, the plays and performers are top rate. There are up to nine productions during the school year—September through June—with shows performed daily for school classes and on weekends, for families. Located at Seattle Center, the state-of-the-art Seattle Children's Theatre has 280 seats, and it sponsors year-round classes and workshops for children with an interest in performing. Call or check the website for information and tickets. Show times vary.

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