12204 NE 124th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 821-8300
Fax: (425) 823-1218
12204 NE 124th Street, Kirkland, WA, US, 98034
- Phone: (425) 821-8300
- Fax: (425) 823-1218
Kirkland Performance Center presents musicals, concerts and dance troupes. Musical performers include the Kirkland Orchestra, the Washington Wind Symphony, the Seattle Violin Virtuosi and many more. The acoustics in this sleek, modern hall, built in 1998, are extraordinary and the viewing experience is first rate. Call or check the Website for a complete schedule of shows and ticket prices.
Nestled in Maple Leaf, one of Seattle's northern neighborhoods, this center showcases local and international puppeteers. Owners Chris and Stephen Carter have studied with master puppeteers from around the world and have given shows in five different languages. The center opened in 1986 and in 1993, a church was renovated to create an imaginative venue, which hosts more than 250 performances per year. The center mixes magic and fantasy for entertaining and educational family programs.
Theatre At Meydenbauer Center's performing arts facilities is available to anyone willing to pay the fees. The center holds all kinds of interesting entertainment, from summer stock theater to world premiere operas by local composers to chamber music performances and even ballet. The center even rents out the space often; hence if you need more information about the performances you may have to get in touch with the performance group. And with the help of valuable links provided on the web site, you never know what treats await you.
One of the biggest theaters in town, Northgate Theatre is a great place to watch a blockbuster. The theater has stadium seating for more than 1,000 people, a balcony and a giant curved screen. The concession stand is small, and the decor is aging, but these drawbacks are little distraction once the film rolls. Parking facilities are available in the mall parking lot.
As Seattle's last surviving independent movie theater, this wonderful cinema is as much a civic treasure as a place of business. Specializing in movie classics, rare foreign films and long series of films by single directors, the intimate, 35-seat theater is almost always filled to capacity. It is recommended that you come early and have a snack before the show in the stylish little coffeehouse attached to the theater.
The prow-like marquee of this large University District theatre juts over the classic stand-alone box office. Nautical themes continue with a ship-shaped concession counter and tridents studded into the padded interior doors. Neptune, the god of the sea, is readily present in design. Neptune Theatre shows one movie at a time, giving guests balcony seating in a beautiful, antique atmosphere. The room is spacious and intricate in design, and the sound system booms as though you were sitting in a high-tech theater. For show times and admission prices please see their website.
Opened for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909, Meany Hall in the southwest corner of the University of Washington campus features a 1,210-seat theater, a 200-seat studio theater, four dance studios and an orchestra rehearsal room that duplicates the acoustics of the main hall. Many world-famous performers and troupes have graced the stage here, including Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Yo Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis and the Kronos Quartet. Call or check the website for schedule and ticket information.
Crest Cinema Center in North Seattle has been in continuous operation since 1949. It has two larger and two smaller screens, showing second-run mainstream and independent films. It's a good deal and often the last chance to see some films on a big screen. Arrive early as shows often sell out, especially on weekends.
Guild 45th Street Theatre is located in two separate buildings that share one ticket window but have their own concession stands. The larger Guild I, built in 1919 as a live stage, has slightly less comfortable seats. The smaller Guild II, added in 1983, features stadium seating and ideal viewing angles. Both theaters have crying rooms (for babies, that is) and Dolby Digital sound.
For many years this has been a reliable place to catch stars on their way up, their way down, in their twilight years or when they just agree to play the venue. Ray Charles, B.B. King and Blue Oyster Cult have all played here. There is a full bar and a dance floor, but this is also a sports bar. And because it is just across the Seattle city limit line, it is now a casino with blackjack, progressive blackjack and Chinese poker.
Not your typical multiplex, The Little Theatre is one of Seattle's last independent art movie houses, owned and operated by the same non-profit organization that brings us the Grand Illusion. Offering obscure documentaries, foreign films, the occasional lecture/film combo and mini-festivals that focus on particular genres and directors, this 49-seat theater features films that tend to be more thought-provoking than entertaining. The selection can vary wildly. Films often change several times a week, and it's often possible to see several different films here in one weekend. And yes, the theater sells popcorn. Admission: $4.50 matinee, $7 evening, $5 late night; prices may vary for special events. The theater accepts cash only.
Taproot Theatre does a good job with off-the-main-drag theater, literally and figuratively. Some renowned performances include Dorothy L. Sayers' seldom performed 'Busman's Honeymoon', a precursor to the novel of the same name; a saga about pioneer women titled 'Quilters' and a 1930s gangster spoof called 'Bullshot Crummond.' The theater is in a renovated 1930s movie house and has a seating capacity of 228. The season begins in the spring and ends in the fall, and the slightly offbeat fare perfectly fills that summertime lull.