• Photo Credit: MOHAI, Seattle

    The holidays in Downtown Seattle and The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1929

    Photo Credit: MOHAI, Seattle

  • Photo Credit: MOHAI, Seattle

    Opening night of Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. September 24, 1926.

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    ACT Theatre / Aeries No. 1, Fraternal Order of Eagles Building

    Town Hall circa 1925

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    Exterior of Moore Theatre, 1909.

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    Early exterior of The Moore Theatre, 1918

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    The Seattle Theatre now known as The Paramount, 1927

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History

About the Downtown Seattle Historic Theatre District

The Downtown Historic Theatre District was established by the City of Seattle in December 2011. By working together, the five theatres provide a wide range of cultural tourism offerings and community benefits for the local region. 

Fostering a new practice model for collaboration and entrepreneurship in the non-profit cultural world the theatres offer more than 1,000 live performances annually.

All of the theaters have been restored through significant private and corporate philanthropy in the past twenty years and are prized and preserved by acclaimed non-profit organizations. Today, they represent one of the premier collections of operating, historic theatres in the United States.

To learn more about the history of each theatre, click on the links below to read each theatre’s HistoryLink article.

Learn more about each theater's history: