Seattle is a hub of cultural activity. From art to architecture, and theatre to film you’ll find something for everyone in Seattle. The Seattle Theatre Group is a non profit arts organization that has spent the past several decades creating The Paramount Theatre, The Neptune Theatre, and The Moore Theatre into the bustling centres of theatrical innovation that they are today. The Seattle Theatre Group is dedicated to bringing the arts to the Pacific Northwest.
Every year, The Seattle Theatre Group stays incredibly busy presenting about 500 events in Seattle and the surrounding area. Their events consist of everything from Broadway production to concerts, lectures, and film screenings. If you want to experience theatre the old fashioned way in Seattle, chances are The Seattle Group is to thanks.
While each of their theatres offer a unique performance schedule, The Paramount Theatre is where you will want to go to experience a top notch Matinee Performance. Every single show that goes through The Paramount offers afternoon performances, and they will often take place on the weekend. The Matinee performances at The Paramount are ideal for those with younger children, or for anyone who wants to beat the parking lots crush without compromising on quality. After a description of each theatre, a link is provided to the performance calendar.
The Paramount Theatre
The Paramount Theatre is one of Seattle’s most beautiful, historic locations to soak up some culture. The Paramount Theatre officially opened in March of 1928. The Theatre features impressive architectural details, and over the years has showcased some of the world’s most famous films and performers who came from far and wide for the privilege of performing at the Paramount.The year before it opened, “talkies” had just been invented. Like any new trend, “talkies” were sweeping the nation, and were an integral part of Seattle’s entertainment industry. When it opened in March 1928, the Paramount became the go-to destination for entertainment in Seattle. 85 years later, the theatre has expanded its offerings to include Broadway theatre, rock, soul, and jazz concerts, and so much more. During the 1990s when The Paramount was experiencing financial troubles, Ida Cole, former Microsoft vice-president bought the theatre and created The Seattle Group. After an extensive expansion and renovation, the Paramount Theatres is the work of art it is today. In 2002, Ida Cole transferred the ownership entirely to The Seattle Group.
Matinees at The Paramount Theatre
If you’re looking to see a show at The Paramount today you’ll have many opportunities. The KeyBank Broadway group puts on excellent regular shows, or you can soak up some old film history during The Trader Joe’s Silent Film Series.
If you’re looking to fit in a Matinee show at the Paramount, you’ll be in luck for June and July 2015. If you’re reading this after July visit their calendar here. The month of June features David McCullough “The Wright Brothers” on June 14 at 2:00pm. Meanwhile, on July 11th, 18th, and 25th you can attend a 2:00pm showing of the famous Broadway show “Wicked”, or a 1:00pm showing on July 12th, 19th, and 26th.