9 Best Performing Arts Venues in Queen Anne, Seattle

Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

This performance and education venue run by the Cornish College of the Arts hosts public music and theater programs, produced by students and professionals, throughout the year in a 432-seat auditorium on the Seattle Center Campus.

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

The home of the Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet is an opulent, glass-enclosed structure reflecting the skies and the Space Needle nearby. The facility houses two auditoriums and a four-story main lobby area where several artworks are on display. Look for Sarah Sze's An Equal and Opposite Reaction, an enormous sculpture of found objects, hanging over the stairs at the north end of the Kreielsheimer Promenade.

On the Boards

Since 1978, On the Boards has been presenting contemporary dance performances, as well as theater, music, and multimedia events. The main subscription series runs from September through May, but events are scheduled year-round.

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Pacific Northwest Ballet

The lineup of Seattle's resident ballet company and school includes works from celebrated contemporary choreographers as well as a mix of classic and international productions (think Swan Lake and Carmina Burana). Fans of The Nutcracker can rest assured that the timeless production is still part of the company's repertoire. Its season runs from September through June.

Seattle Center

Several of the Seattle Center's halls are used for theater, opera, dance, music, and performance art. Public radio station KEXP frequently hosts concerts in their home on the Seattle Center campus, and the center is also the site of many of Seattle's major cultural festivals.

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Seattle Children's Theatre

Top-notch productions of new works join adaptations from classic children's literature here. After the show, actors come out to answer questions and explain how the tricks are done.

201 Thomas St., Seattle, 98109, USA
206-441–3322
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Seattle Opera

Housed in the beautiful Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, the opera stages productions from August through May. National and international stars make their way to the stage as part of the wide-ranging schedule of classic and new operas, drawn from around the world. Additional educational and community events aim to bring diverse crowds out to enjoy the genre.

Seattle Repertory Theater

During its season (September through June), the Seattle Repertory Theater brings new and classic plays to life. Adoring fans flock to new takes on choice classics as well as works fresh from the New York stage, but the overall mission is to produce shows that reflect the experiences and perspectives of people in the region. You can preorder your drinks from the lobby bar to enjoy during intermission.

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Festival films, independent releases, and arthouse flicks pepper the schedule of this cinema run as a year-round extension of the Seattle International Film Festival. The three screens vary between new releases and themed selections, the concession stand serves beer and alcohol, and the old-school marquee adds charm to the neighborhood.