Seattle Performing Arts

The high-tech boom created an enthusiastic and philanthropic audience for Seattle's arts community, which continues to grow. The gorgeous Benaroya Hall is a national benchmark for acoustic design. Its main tenant is the Seattle Symphony. At the Seattle Center, the ethereal Marion Oliver McCaw Hall combines Northwest hues and hanging screens in colorful light shows accompanying performances by the

Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Although the city's music scene has lost some of its shine after Portland became the go-to city for indie rock, music is still a main form of entertainment here. This very literate city also supports a full calendar of readings, lectures, and writing workshops.

The Seattle International Film Festival gets a lot of attention, but the city also hosts numerous smaller festivals throughout the year. The most popular include STIFF (Seattle's True Independent Film Festival; in June; the Children's Film Festival (, held at the Northwest Film Forum in January; and the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival ( in October.

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A Contemporary Theatre

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

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...

Big Picture

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

Central Cinema

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...


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

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...

Egyptian Theater

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

Elliott Bay Book Company Reading Series

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

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...

Meany Hall for the Performing Arts

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


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