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Elegance is the word that comes to your mind as you come across this art deco heritage in downtown Seattle. This 27-story tall historic structure was built in the 1920s by the Northern Life Insurance Company, which also housed its offices on the top floors. Tallest in the city at that time, the building glittered with a fantastic display of aura created by the colorful flashlights. Although, today it lies in the shadows of taller and modern skyscrapers, the structure stands out as being one of the first of the art deco structures in Seattle.
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.
An eccentric city moored by the mighty mountains of the Cascade and Olympic range, Seattle can defy expectations. While a 4000-year old Native American past throbs underneath the modern daze of this seaport city, European settlement did not begin here until the latter half of the 19th Century. After a shaky period of initial settlement that led to small towns popping up around Elliot Bay, the city experienced several periods of boom and bust, first rising to prominence from its timber industry and then from its proximity to the newly discovered Klondike goldfields. Eventually, the mining and logging industries gave way to companies like Boeing, Microsoft, UPS and Amazon, that continue to be economic strongholds in the city. A major part of the city's culture and local spirit stays anchored to Downtown Seattle, the waterfront heart of the city which is home to retail gems like the Pike Place Market and the iconic Space Needle. At the periphery of this dynamic neighborhood, a host of art galleries, parks, and nightclubs attract and entertain locals and tourists. Today, the city fosters a multicultural atmosphere, garners an ardent love for coffee that brews in locally-owned roasteries, a liberal tolerance for the quirky, and a collective adoration for its treasured green spaces.
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.