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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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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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  • 6. The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center

    Arts Centers

    Children's theater troupes, Ballet Bellevue, Bellevue City Opera, the Bellevue Civic Theater, and other groups perform here, where the equipment...Read More

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