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  • 1. Cinerama

    Belltown | Film

    This 1963 cinema, scooped up and restored by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, seamlessly blends the luxury of the theater with high technology...Read More

  • 2. Seattle Symphony

    Downtown | Music

    The symphony performs under the direction of Ludovic Morlot from September through June in the stunning Benaroya Hall. The group has been nominated...Read More

  • 3. A Contemporary Theatre

    Downtown | Theater

    Dedicated to launching exciting works by emerging dramatists, the Contemporary has four staging areas, including a theater-in-the-round and...Read More

  • 4. Benaroya Hall


    The acoustics are good from every one of the main hall's 2,500 seats—great news if you want to check out the Seattle Symphony, which is based...Read More

  • 5. Big Picture

    Belltown | Film

    Enjoy the same first-run films that are playing down the street at the multiplex—minus the crowds, screaming kids, and sensory overload—at the...Read More

  • 6. Central Cinema

    Central District | Film

    If you're tired of 40-ounce Cokes and $10 popcorn with neon-yellow butter and wish that moviegoing could be a little more elegant, check out...Read More

  • 7. Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

    Queen Anne | Theater

    This performance and education venue run by the Cornish College of the Arts hosts public music and theater programs, produced by students and...Read More

  • 8. Egyptian Theater

    Capitol Hill | Film

    Head to this art deco movie palace, a former Masonic temple, for first-run films. ...Read More

  • 9. Elliott Bay Book Company Reading Series

    Capitol Hill | Readings/Lectures

    The famed bookstore presents a popular series of renowned local, national, and international author readings in a cozy, basement room next to...Read More

  • 10. Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

    Lower Queen Anne | Arts Centers

    The home of the Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet is an opulent, glass-enclosed structure reflecting the skies and the Space Needle...Read More

  • 11. Meany Hall for the Performing Arts

    University District | Dance

    National and international companies perform October through May at the University of Washington's Meany Hall. The emphasis is on modern and...Read More

  • 12. Moore Theater

    Downtown | Arts Centers

    Built in 1907, Seattle's oldest theater still hosts off-Broadway performances and music events, including jazz concerts, instrumental duets...Read More

  • 13. Northwest Film Forum

    Capitol Hill | Film

    A cornerstone of the city's independent film scene, its two screening rooms screen classic repertory, cult hits, experimental films, and...Read More

  • 14. Northwest Puppet Center

    University District | Theater

    Keeping its stories lively and brief (45 minutes), and encouraging kids to sprawl on the floor, this troupe uses marionettes to dramatize folktales...Read More

  • 15. On the Boards

    Lower Queen Anne | Dance

    Since 1978, On the Boards has been presenting contemporary dance performances, as well as theater, music, and multimedia events. The main...Read More

  • 16. Pacific Northwest Ballet

    Lower Queen Anne | Dance

    The lineup of Seattle's resident ballet company and school includes works from celebrated contemporary choreographers as well as a mix of classic...Read More

  • 17. Paramount Theatre

    Downtown | Arts Centers

    Built in 1928 as a venue for early talkies and vaudeville acts, this lovely beaux arts movie palace—which features an original Wurlitzer theater...Read More

  • 18. PONCHO Concert Hall

    Capitol Hill | Arts Centers

    Distinguished jazz, dance, and other groups all perform at this concert venue at Cornish College of the Arts. It also hosts solid student productions...Read More

  • 19. Seattle Center

    Queen Anne | Arts Centers

    Several of the Seattle Center's halls are used for theater, opera, dance, music, and performance art. Public radio station KEXP frequently hosts...Read More

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  • 20. Seattle Children's Theatre

    Lower Queen Anne | Theater

    Top-notch productions of new works join adaptations from classic children's literature here. After the show, actors come out to answer questions...Read More

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