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47°36′47″N 122°19′53″W / 47.61306°N 122.33139°W / 47.61306; -122.33139
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Paramount Theatre
The Paramount Theatre in 2015
Address901 Pine Street
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°36′47″N 122°19′53″W / 47.61306°N 122.33139°W / 47.61306; -122.33139
Paramount Theatre
Paramount Theatre (Seattle) is located in Seattle WA Downtown
Paramount Theatre (Seattle)
Location within downtown Seattle
Paramount Theatre (Seattle) is located in Washington (state)
Paramount Theatre (Seattle)
Paramount Theatre (Seattle) (Washington (state))
Paramount Theatre (Seattle) is located in the United States
Paramount Theatre (Seattle)
Paramount Theatre (Seattle) (the United States)
Architect Rapp & Rapp; B. Marcus Priteca
NRHP reference  No. 74001959
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 19, 1974
Designated SEATLFebruary 13, 1995 [1]
OpenedMarch 1, 1928 (1928-03-01)

The Paramount Theatre is a 2,807-seat performing arts venue located at 9th Avenue and Pine Street in the downtown core of Seattle, Washington, United States. The theater originally opened on March 1, 1928, as the Seattle Theatre, [2] with 3,000 seats. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 9, 1974, and has also been designated a City of Seattle landmark. [3]

The Paramount is owned and operated by the Seattle Theatre Group, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit performing arts organization which also runs the 1,768-seat Moore Theatre in Belltown and the Neptune Theatre in the University District. Initially it was built expressly for showing film and secondarily, vaudeville. As of 2009, the Paramount is operated as a venue for various performing arts, serving its patron base with Broadway musical theatre, concerts, dance, comedy, family engagements, silent film and jazz. It is one of the busiest theatres in the region. [4]


During the roaring twenties, particularly before the first "talkies" were invented in 1927, vaudeville and silent movies were the dominant form of national and local entertainment. Seattle alone had more than 50 movie palaces, the finest grouped together on 2nd Avenue. To achieve the broadest possible distribution of its films, Hollywood-based Paramount Pictures constructed a grand movie palace in practically every major city in the country, many erected between 1926 and 1928. In late 1926 or early 1927, Paramount Pictures decided to build in Seattle. [5]

Led by its president, movie magnate Adolph Zukor, Paramount Pictures invested nearly $3 million for construction. [6] It hired Rapp & Rapp, a Chicago-based architectural firm, to design the theatre building. Seattle resident B. Marcus Priteca, an established architect of movie palaces in the 1920s, designed the building's adjacent apartments and office suites.

Interior and balcony of Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre is the first venue in the United States to have a convertible floor system, which converts the theater to a ballroom. Therefore, the maximum concert capacity can hold up to 3,000 fans with the main floor serving as an unreserved standing room area while keeping the seats in the balcony regardless of either a 2,807-seated theater or a general admission event by separated levels. [7]

The Paramount Theatre has an original installation of the Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. The organ is a 4 manual/21 rank Publix 1 style organ and is one of only three remaining original organs of this style. Jim Riggs has been the house organist for the Paramount, accompanying the Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays series. The organ is presently maintained by a group of volunteers from the Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society. [5]

It was renamed the Paramount in the 1930s. [6]

As of 2009, the Paramount has a new sign out front. The 1940s Paramount sign originally used 1,970 incandescent bulbs, which were eventually replaced by 11-watt fluorescents. The new sign is a replica of the original iconic sign, but uses LED lights. [2] The Paramount Theatre was also used to hold televised auditions for the sixth season of America's Got Talent.

See also


  1. ^ "Landmarks and Designation". City of Seattle. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Shipley, Jonathan. "A Sign of Change", Seattle City Arts, November 2009, p. 11.
  3. ^ "Paramount Theatre". National Park Service. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "Seattle Theatre". Seattle-Theatre. Thatreland Ltd. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Reader, Bill (December 5, 2014). "The Paramount's Mighty Wurlitzer organ is a rare survivor of the silent movie era". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  6. ^ a b J. Clark (2007). "History of the Haunted Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington". USA Today. Archived from the original on October 12, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "The Paramount Theatre". Eventup. Retrieved March 31, 2019.

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