Paramount Theatre – WA
Seattle’s historic Paramount Theatre is owned and operated by Seattle Theatre Group, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. As stewards of this landmark venue, our mission is to make diverse performing arts and education an integral part of our region’s cultural identity while keeping The Paramount Theatre, as well as Seattle’s historic Moore Theatre, alive and vibrant.
Built in 1928, The Paramount Theatre’s architectural majesty and Beaux-Arts design was created specifically to house film and vaudeville. Surviving everything from the Great Depression to earthquakes, The Paramount Theatre has endured to become one of Seattle’s most beloved landmark venues.
The Paramount Theatre opened in 1928 as the Seattle Theatre. Restored in 1995 at the cost of $20 million dollars, The Paramount Theatre has been brought back to its original splendor, just as Seattle audiences would have experienced it as they passed through the doors for the first time on March 1st, 1928.
The convertible floor system at The Paramount Theatre provides the ability to configure the floor with theatre seating, a ballroom, a dance floor or dinner theatre. Built in Italy, this convertible floor is the only one of this size in the world.
The Paramount Theatre
911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Located on the corner of 9th Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle, one block North of the Washington State Convention Center, and directly across the street from the Convention Place Metro Tunnel entrance.
The Paramount Theatre does not have its own parking lot. There is a loading zone on 9th Avenue and Pine to drop off passengers. There are several pay lots in the area as well as metered street parking (after 6pm and Sundays are free). There are also multi-level garages at The Grand Hyatt’s 7th and Pike Street Garage, The Washington State Convention Center and in Pacific Place Mall.
In The Paramount Theatre, wheelchair accessible seating is located in the side sections of the main floor. The side sections also contain regular theatre seating for patrons accompanying those in a wheelchair. In The Moore Theatre, wheelchair seating is located in the rear of the main floor on an elevated section. There is not an elevator in either The Paramount or The Moore Theatres.
Infrared listening devices are available free of charge at The Paramount Theatre for some events on a first come, first serve basis. Please visit The Friends of The Paramount booth, located just inside the main lobby of the theatre.
Some performances are ASL and OC interpreted.
INSIDE THE VENUE:
Q: When do the doors open for a show?
The doors open one hour prior to show time for all events at either theatre.
Q: How long are the performances?
The length of performances differs dramatically. Typically, we are aware of the approximate running times for Broadway performances several weeks in advance; usually from 90 – 180 minutes. For concerts beginning at 7:30pm or 8:00pm, they are usually over by 11:00pm.
Please note that the times given to us are an estimate provided by the production, based upon the best information available in advance of the performance and are subject to change.
Please feel free to call our administration offices at 206-467-5510, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm for more information.
Q: Is there bar service at The Paramount or Moore Theatre? Are the bars always open before a show? For how long?
Bars in The Paramount and Moore Theatres are open for most performances one hour prior to the show and close at the start of the performance. They are open during intermissions.
Q: Can you bring bottled water into the building? Can you take food or drinks from the bar into the theatre(s)? What food is available for purchase?
Factory sealed bottled water may be brought into the theatre but must be consumed in the lobby. No food or drink is allowed inside the theatre at The Paramount or The Moore. Food is available for purchase on a show by show basis.
Q: Is there an elevator at The Paramount or Moore Theatre?
There are no elevators in The Paramount or Moore Theatres.
Q: Is there a coat check at The Paramount or Moore Theatre? Can I leave my backpack / luggage there?
There is a coat check available at The Paramount Theatre for Broadway performances only. The coat check is located on the second floor of the theatre, and you can check your backpacks or luggage there.
Q: What is The Paramount Club?
The Paramount Club is an exclusive membership program with access to the best seats at The Paramount, which are unavailable to the public. Benefits of being a member of The Paramount Club include VIP private theatre entrance, access to the members-only Paramount Club lounge with private restrooms, coat check and personal bar service, and more.
Q: May I bring my camera to the theatre?
The taking of any pictures or any recording of performances is strictly prohibited in the theatre. This includes cell phone photography. For most rock concerts, large bags, backpacks, wallet chains and other similar personal items are not permitted.
Q: Do you have binoculars?
For events at The Paramount Theatre, binoculars are available for rental for $5.00. Our ushers would be happy to direct you to The Friends of The Paramount booth in the lobby for more information or rental. You are welcome to bring your own, if you prefer.
Q: Where is Lost & Found?
While at a performance, please contact an usher for assistance. If you realize you lost an item after leaving The Paramount or Moore Theatre, please call our administration office Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm at 206-467-5510 for assistance. After hours, please refer to the phone menu for the Lost & Found extension.
Q: What should I wear to a theatre performance?
Going to the theatre is often a special occasion for our guests and they frequently enjoy dressing up. For some that may mean a business suit/sport jacket or nice dress, and then for others it may mean a clean pair of jeans and a polo shirt. This is Seattle, and our audiences tend to be less formal than might be expected in other cities. We would suggest dressing as if you were going out to a nice dinner.
Q: How can our babysitter reach us?
There is no paging system at either The Paramount or Moore Theatres. While cellular phones must be silenced during performances, they are the best way for you to be contacted directly, so please feel free to bring them and to check your messages during a break or intermission. Additionally, be sure to leave your exact seat locations (including the seating section, row, and seat numbers) with your babysitter. They may also call the theatre at 206-467-5510 should an emergency arise. At an appropriate break in the performance (typically intermission or at the conclusion of the performance), we will attempt to deliver a message to you. However, without your specific seat locations, we will be unable to assist and cannot guarantee we can reach you quickly.
Q: Are there restaurants and hotels within walking distance of your theatres?
There is a wide variety of restaurants and hotels nearby.
Q: Can I smoke in the theatre?
Smoking is not allowed in either The Paramount or The Moore Theatres.
Q: I really want to put on a show/rent out The Paramount / Moore. How do I do that?
Please see the Booking section of our website for more information.
Q: My band would be a great opener – how can I open for a show at The Paramount / Moore?
Most bands tour with their own openers, and we at STG typically have no control over the openers that come through our venues.
Q: I want to get in touch with _____ artist, can you help me?
We do not have the ability to give out the contact information for any artist.
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