The Best Theaters in Seattle for Live Entertainment

Best Theaters in Seattle

Check out our guide to the best theaters in Seattle for current and upcoming performances, and get your tickets today!

Seattle is a theater lover’s paradise, with dozens of theaters offering everything from family-friendly productions to edgy new plays. If you’re looking for the best Seattle has to offer, check out one of the many on our list. Each offers something unique that will please theatergoers of all ages and interests.

But, we’re going beyond the best theaters in Seattle with current and upcoming plays, musicals, and other performances that are updated daily. And, if that’s not enough, we’ll give you the inside scoop on how you and your friends and family can get your hands on free theater tickets in Seattle.


Three of the Best Theaters in Seattle

Before you have to scroll and scroll through our long list of amazing theaters and theater companies in Seattle, get a closer look at a few local favorites!

Paramount Theatre Seattle, best theaters in Seattle, Paramount Seattle

Paramount Theatre

Known as the Seattle Theatre when it first opened in 1928, the Paramount Theatre is one of the best theaters in Seattle. The theater underwent multiple renovations and other changes, including becoming a movie theater and eventually converting it into a live performance space again.

As the first theater in the United States to be equipped with a convertible floor system, the Paramount Theatre can convert from a theater into a ballroom, increasing its capacity from 2,800 to 3,000.


5th Avenue Theater Seattle

5th Avenue Theatre

Like the Paramount, the 5th Avenue Theatre is a venue with longevity. In fact, it beat the Paramount by two years, having opened its doors in 1926. As the name implies, the show venue is located on 5th Avenue in the Skinner Building and features seating for 2,130 audience members. It’s home to the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company and also hosts original and touring Broadway performances.

By the way, if you’re interested in learning more about the early days of one of the best theaters in Seattle, check out the detailed history of the 5th Avenue Theatre. It’s a fascinating read!


Annex Theatre Seattle, Stellner Auditorium Seattle WA

Annex Theatre and Stellner Auditorium

Annex Theatre/Stellner Auditorium – We’re putting both on our best theaters in Seattle list. But just to clarify, Annex Theatre is the company, and Stellner Auditorium is the venue. They’re both located in the Capitol Hill Arts District on the corner of 11th and East Pike.

It’s a great place to catch a show in an intimate environment as Stellner Auditorium has just over 100 general admission stadium-style seats. You can buy affordable, sliding scale tickets right from the Annex website.


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Best Theaters in Seattle (& Theater Companies, Too!)

Theaters in SeattleAddressCityPhoneWebsite
12Th Avenue Arts1620 12th AvenueSeattle(206) 204-3840https://communityrootshousing.org/building/12th-avenue-arts
18Th & Union1406 18th AveSeattle(206) 937-6499https://18thandunion.org/home
5th Avenue Theatre1308 5th AveSeattle(206) 625-1900https://www.5thavenue.org
ACT Theatre700 Union StSeattle(206) 292-7676https://acttheatre.org
Annex Theatre1122 E Pike StSeattle(206) 728-0933http://www.annextheatre.org
Atlas Theatre3509 Fremont Ave NSeattle(425) 954-5618https://cszseattle.com
Bayfest Youth Theatre4050 20th Ave SW Ste BSeattle(310) 869-8338https://www.bayfestyouththeatre.org
Benaroya Hall200 University StSeattle(206) 215-4747https://seattlesymphony.org/benaroyahall
Black Box Operations1620 12th Ave 101Seattle(800) 838-3006http://www.blackboxoperations.org
Block 41115 Bell StSeattle(206) 347-0541https://www.block41.com
Book-It Repertory Theatre305 Harrison StSeattle(206) 216-0833https://book-it.org
Broadway Bound Childrens Theatre5031 University Way NE #203Seattle(206) 526-5437https://broadwaybound.org
Campus Theater16101 Greenwood Ave NShoreline(206) 546-4101https://www.shoreline.edu
Climate Pledge Arena334 1st Ave NSeattle(800) 525-0127https://climatepledgearena.com
Columbia City Theater4916 Rainier Ave SSeattle(206) 722-3009http://columbiacitytheater.com
Comedy Underground109 S Washington StSeattle(206) 628-0303https://comedyunderground.com
Contemporary Theatre IncKreielsheimer PlSeattle(206) 292-7660https://acttheatre.org
Driftwood Players306 Main StEdmonds(425) 774-8304https://edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org
E.E. Bach Theatre3307 3rd Ave WSeattlehttps://spu.edu/academics/college-of-arts-sciences/theatre
Eclectic Theater1214 10th AveSeattle(206) 679-3271http://www.eclectictheatercompany.org
Edmonds Center For The Arts410 4th Ave NEdmonds(425) 275-9595https://www.edmondscenterforthearts.org
Edmonds Driftwood Players950 Main StEdmonds(425) 774-9600https://edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org
Erickson Theater1524 Harvard AveSeattle(206) 934-3052https://theatres.seattlecentral.edu/erickson-theatre
Ethnic Cultural Theatre3931 Brooklyn Ave NESeattle(206) 543-4635https://depts.washington.edu/ecc/reservations/ecc-theatre
Freehold Theatre2222 2nd AveSeattle(206) 323-7499https://freeholdtheatre.org
Fremont Players4301 Leary Way NWSeattle(206) 660-4365https://www.fremontplayers.com
Giggles Comedy Club5220 Roosevelt Way NESeattle(206) 526-5653https://birdeye.com
Greenstage Theater2115 5Th AveSeattle(206) 748-1551https://greenstage.org
Highline Performing Arts Center401 S 152nd StBurien(206) 631-6795https://www.highlinepac.org
Hughes Penthouse Theatre1801-1851 NE Pacific StSeattle(206) 543-5140https://www.washington.edu/150
Infinity Box Theatre Project6836 21st Ave NESeattlehttp://infinitybox.org
Intiman Theatre201 Mercer StSeattle(206) 441-7178https://www.intiman.org
Jewelbox2322 2nd AveSeattle(206) 441-5823https://www.therendezvous.rocks
Kenyon Hall7904 35th Ave SWSeattle(206) 937-3613http://kenyonhall.org
Keys On Main11 Roy StSeattle(206) 270-4444https://www.keysonmain.com
Kirkland Performance Center350 Kirkland AveKirkland(425) 893-9900http://www.kpcenter.org
Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra3209 Eastlake Ave ESeattle(206) 307-7418https://lwso.org/about
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute104 17th Ave SSeattle(206) 684-4758https://www.langstonseattle.org
Lee Center For The Arts901 12th AveSeattle(206) 296-2244https://bit.ly/34u8bQi
Longward3100 Airport Way SSeattle(206) 659-7729https://longwardband.com
Market Theatre1428 Post Aly,1st & PikeSeattle(206) 587-2414https://unexpectedproductions.org
Mccaw Hall305 Harrison StSeattle(206) 684-7108https://www.mccawhall.com
Meany Theater1313 NE 41st StSeattle(206) 543-4880https://meanycenter.org
Meydenbauer Center Theatre11100 NE 6th StBellevue(425) 637-1020https://www.meydenbauer.com
Moore Theatre1932 2Nd AveSeattle(206) 622-1414http://www.mooretheatre.net
Nathan Hale Theatre10750 30th Ave NESeattle(206) 252-3693https://www.nathanhaletheatre.com/contact
Neptune Theatre1303 Northeast 45th StreetSeattle(206) 682-1414http://www.cardpostage.com
New City Theatre1634 11th AveSeattle(206) 323-6800https://www.newcitytheater.org
Northwest Puppet Center9123 15th Ave NESeattle(206) 523-2579http://www.nwpuppet.org
On The Boards100 W Roy StSeattle(206) 217-9886https://www.ontheboards.org
Ovation Performing Arts Northwest600 Ericksen Ave NE Ste 103Bainbridge Island(206) 963-0163https://www.ovationmtb.com
Pacific Northwest Theatre2414 SW Andover St Ste C100Seattle(206) 622-7850https://www.pnta.com
Philharmonia Northwest4805 NE 45th StSeattle(206) 675-9727http://philharmonianw.org
Phoenix Theatre9673 Firdale AveEdmonds(206) 533-2000https://www.tptedmonds.org
Playback Theater Northwest12565 42nd Ave NESeattle(206) 726-1415http://playbacktheaternw.org
Rendezvous2322 2nd AvenueSeattle(206) 441-5823https://www.therendezvous.rocks
Repertory Actors Theatre1122 E Pike StSeattle(206) 364-3283http://reacttheatre.org
Seattle Children's Theatre201 Thomas StSeattle(206) 441-3322https://www.sct.org
Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society9250 14th Ave NWSeattle(206) 682-0796https://seattlegilbertandsullivan.com
Seattle Musical Theatre7120 62nd Ave NESeattle(206) 363-2809https://seattlemusicaltheatre.org
Seattle Opera House600 5th AveSeattle(206) 684-7200https://www.seattleopera.org
Seattle Peace Theatre2723 4th Ave WSeattle(206) 285-7258https://seattlemusicaltheatre.org
Seattle Pro Musica1770 NW 58th St Ste 124Seattle(206) 781-2766https://www.seattlepromusica.org
Seattle Public Theater7312 W Green Lake Dr NSeattle(206) 524-1300https://www.seattlepublictheater.org
Seattle Repertory Jazz OrchestraPO Box 45592Seattle(206) 523-6159https://www.srjo.org
Seattle Repertory Theatre155 Mercer StSeattle(206) 443-2210https://www.seattlerep.org
Seattle Shakespeare305 Harrison St Ste 102Seattle(206) 733-8222https://www.seattleshakespeare.org
Seattle Theater Group911 Pine StSeattle(206) 467-5510https://www.stgpresents.org
Shorecrest Performing Arts Center15343 25th Ave NEShoreline(206) 417-4645https://www.shorelakearts.org/membership
Showbox Sodo1700 1St Ave SSeattle(206) 652-0444http://showboxonline.com
Showtunes Theatre CompanyPO Box 19845Seattle(206) 285-5175https://www.showtunestheatre.org
Slate Theater815 Seattle Blvd SSeattle(253) 237-2144https://slatetheater.com
Spontanious Theatre People1916 Pike Pl Ste 1254Seattle(206) 465-9253http://spontaneoustheatre.com/index.html
Stone Soup Theatre1414 N 42nd StSeattle(206) 388-9212https://www.stonesouptheatre.org
Storybook Theater.348 Kirkland AveKirkland(425) 820-1800https://storybooktheater.org/contact
Strawberry Theatre Workshop1620 12th AveSeattle(206) 427-5207http://www.strawshop.org
Taproot Theatre Company204 N 85th StSeattle(206) 781-9707https://taproottheatre.org
Teatro De La Psychomachia1534 1st Ave SSeattle(206) 697-3855https://www.danseperdue.org
Teatro Zin Zanni Dinner & Drms222 Mercer StSeattle(206) 802-0015https://zinzanni.com/seattle
The Collective Seattle400 Dexter Ave NSeattle(206) 247-7190https://www.collectiveseattle.com
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show - Seattle1113 6th AveSeattle(866) 496-0535https://www.thedinnerdetective.com
The Edmonds Theater415 Main StEdmonds(425) 778-4554http://www.theedmondstheater.com/home.php
The Fern Shakespeare Company815 Seattle Blvd SSeattle(425) 298-6734https://fernshakespeare.com
The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre14501 4th Ave SWBurien(206) 617-2152https://hi-liners.org
The Moore Theatre1932 2nd AveSeattle(206) 682-1414https://www.stgpresents.org
The Neptune Theatre1303 NE 45th StSeattle(206) 682-1414https://www.stgpresents.org/
The Paramount Theatre911 Pine StSeattle(206) 682-1414https://www.stgpresents.org/paramount/events
Theater Schmeater1500 Summit AveSeattle(206) 324-5801https://www.schmeater.org
Theatre Off Jackson409 7th Ave SSeattle(206) 340-1049https://theatreoffjackson.org
Theatre Puget Sound305 Harrison StSeattle(206) 770-0370https://theatrepugetsound.org
Theatre Simple1620 SW Trenton StSeattle(206) 784-8647https://theatersimple.org/about-us
Theatre331632 116th Ave NEBellevue(425) 633-0970https://www.theatre33wa.org
Thistle Theatre6344 NE 74th St Ste 103Seattle(206) 524-3388https://thistletheatre.org/contact
Twelfth Night Productions4408 Delridge Way SWSeattle(206) 937-1394https://twelfthnightproductions.org
Varsity Theatre4329 University Way NESeattle(206) 632-2533https://farawayentertainment.com/varsity-theatre
Village Theatre303 Front St NIssaquah(425) 392-2202https://villagetheatre.org
Washington Ensemble Theatre1620 12th AveSeattle(206) 325-5105https://washingtonensemble.org
Washington Hall153 14th AveSeattle(206) 322-1151https://www.washingtonhall.org
Washington Music Theater800 Occidental Ave SSeattle(206) 381-7848https://www.wamutheater.com
West Of Lenin203 N 36th StSeattle(206) 352-1777http://westoflenin.com
Wing-It Productions5510 University Way NESeattle(206) 352-8291https://www.jetcityimprov.org
Yaw Theater6520 5th Ave SSeattle(702) 810-6717http://www.yawtheater.com
Yes At Theatre 9124267 Woodland Park Ave NSeattlehttp://yestheatre912.org
Youth Theatre Northwest8805 Se 40Th StMercer Island(206) 232-4145https://youththeatre.org

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