The Paramount Theatre is one of the largest and the oldest theatres of Seattle. Due to this reason, it hosts a number of events, shows, concerts, musicals, comedy shows and many more. The monumental landmark can capacitate about 2,800 occupants and is the fifth largest theatre according to the National Register of Historic Places.
Paramount Theatre was made accessible to the common folk in March, 1928 as one of the chain of movie theatres built by Paramount Studios. Silent films and Vaudeville were the craze in 1920’s. The theatre was a few blocks away from the places where the theatres generally were, which might have proved to be a disadvantage for them. Hence, in order to make up for it, The Paramount was made the largest and the most opulent theatre in Seattle. Paramount has seen a huge variety of performers since it was constructed. During the 20’s and 30’s, there were many illusionists, singers, musicians etc. that were staged in the theatre.
At present, the theatre is owned and operated by a group called Seattle Theatre Group. It continues to stage a huge range of performances.
Shows, Events and Concerts
Each season, Paramount theatre usually hosts a mélange of concerts like musicals, plays, headliners, comedy acts, local acts, and Musical performances. With the 5th Avenue key Arena and Theatre, Paramount Theatre is one of the biggest theatres in Seattle, hence it gets covered by some of the best headliners in town and outside.
There are many concerts and performances that have been released and recorded at the theatre. Some of them include concerts which have been released with the label, “Download Series Volume 10” which was a recorded concert known as “A Grateful Dead” concert in 1972, and some others like “heart: Alive in Seattle” which was performed in 2002.
Seating and Tickets
Seating is very organized and comfortable at the Paramount, which has two sections; Ground floor and Balconies. The ground seating, also known as the Orchestra level, is sorted and labeled from A to Z, and from AA to KK. The Balcony is divided into 4 different sections: The loge which is reserved for members only, and the other three sections, reserved for Mezzanine. Usually, the third mezzanine has the cheapest seats for the performances.
Seating at the Paramount is organized into either ground-floor or balcony-level seats. The ground seating is usually called Orchestra Level and has rows labeled A through Z, and then after that AA through KK. The Balcony has four sections—the Loge (for members only), as well as three levels of mezzanine seating. Most often, the third mezzanine are the cheapest seats for shows.
Tickets are available through ticket sellers such as Ticketmaster, but can also be purchased without a transaction fee at the box office in front of the theatre.
Similar to other places, Paramount too has a variety of places nearby, if one is looking for a day or an evening out. There are shopping places like the Pacific Place mall, which is located two blocks from the theatre, at 7th and Pine. Further down and one would be standing in the heart of the Seattle’s downtown shopping area, near Westlake Center and Macy’s.
If one wants to have lunch or a dinner, before catching the show of after the show, there are various restaurants in the three-block vicinity from the theatre, like Il Fornaio. It is located in the Pacific place mall itself, and it serves Italian dishes and has a great ambiance. There are various other places, one can choose from, like the cheesecake factory, which is on Pike Street and has a wide variety of dishes to choose from. If one likes Asian Cuisine, they could choose Draonfish Asian Café or Elephant and Castle, if they want to get an English pub atmosphere.
So get your low cost tickets to Paramount Theatre Seattle and enjoy full on entertainment!