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Best Performing Arts in Seattle

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Great Hall at Town Hall

Seattle's community center, Town Hall, is an important venue for cultural events. Many of the events and performances scheduled here are held at the Great Hall, which can seat a maximum of 832 people. This sub-venue of Town Hall has proved an excellent setting for concerts, seminars and meetings, what with its magnificent acoustics and visual appeal courtesy the stained-glass windows. The Great Hall can be accessed through the entrance at 8th Avenue. Rental of this hall is inclusive of the Lobby as well.

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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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Soundbridge

In downtown Seattle, the Seattle Symphony has been providing quality musical performances at the Benaroya Hall. Visitors to the hall have more to do than just enjoying the Symphony. In association with Microsoft, the Seattle Symphony has set up Soundbridge, which is an interactive music learning center. Children can learn about musical instruments through lectures, workshops, interactive exhibits. A Listening Bar allows visitors to listen to a collection of music from the Renaissance era to contemporary times. You can even be a symphony conductor at the virtual conducting station.

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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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Benaroya Hall

Located in Downtown Seattle, Benaroya Hall is a large 189,750 square foot (17,628 square meters) performing arts complex that takes up an entire city block. Located inside are the two performance halls, the Taper Auditorium and the Nordstrom Recital Hall, which each feature state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology. This giant complex provides ample public space and entertainment throughout the year through its various events such as lectures, musicals, festivals and more. A true highlight is the concerts put on by the Seattle Symphony, which call Benaroya Hall, home. For more information regarding venue rentals or upcoming events, visit the website.

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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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The Crocodile

Just look for the crocodile skin-patterned sign in the window and you'll have found this popular hangout. Part eclectic diner, part rock club, it draws people from all over to its location in chic Belltown. Famous rock stars that have Seattle roots have been known to play inexpensive, unannounced shows at this location. There is a full bar and a full menu of burgers like the Cajun Burger is especially popular.

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