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Best Historic Venues 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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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.

Seattle, WA, United States
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SIFF Cinema Egyptian

This Egyptian themed theater is larger in size, but is often packed. Sitting in a building that was formerly home to Seattle's Masonic Temple, the SIFF Cinema Egyptian has a historical character about itself. The Masons are gone, and in their place is a theater that shows box office hits and foreign films. It is also a major player in the annual Seattle International 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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Cornish Playhouse (Intiman Theatre)

Founded in Kirkland in 1972, Intiman Theatre outgrew two venues before finding its home in 1987 at Seattle Center. Notable shows include Into the Whirlwind, nationally recognized in 1990; the Kentucky Cycle, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1992; and Three Tall Women, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1995. The small, highly raked theater has good views of the stage from all seats. All seats cost the same, but ticket prices vary by show and time. The season runs March to December.

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Meany Hall for the Performing Arts

Opened for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909, Meany Hall in the southwest corner of the University of Washington campus features a 1,210-seat theater, a 200-seat studio theater, four dance studios and an orchestra rehearsal room that duplicates the acoustics of the main hall. Many world-famous performers and troupes have graced the stage here, including Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Yo Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis and the Kronos Quartet.

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Historic University Theater

The Historic University Theater is a veritable haven for a lover of theater in all its myriad forms. Buy a ticket for an evening full of entertaining theatrical delights, with plays, movies, scripted and unscripted pieces, impromptu plays, and plays for children all being performed here. Check their website for more details on current and upcoming events.

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