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Cultural activity in Tacoma centers on this complex of performance spaces.
Pantages. The famous theater architect B. Marcus Pritica designed this Greco-Roman–influenced music hall, decked out with classical figures, ornate columns, arches, and reliefs, in 1918. W.C. Fields, Mae West, Charlie Chaplin, Bob Hope, and Stan Laurel all performed here. The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Concert Band, and Tacoma City Ballet perform at the Pantages, which also presents touring shows. 901 Broadway, 98402.
Rialto Theater. In its early days, the Rialto Theater presented vaudeville performances and silent films. The Tacoma Youth Symphony now performs in the 1918 structure, which also hosts concerts and other shows. 301 S. 9th St., 98402. 253/591–5894.
Theatre on the Square. Adjacent to the Pantages, the contemporary Theatre on the Square presents performances by the Tacoma Opera as well as professional plays and musicals. Broadway, between 10th and 11th Sts., 98402. 253/591–5894.
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