Top Choice Live Music in Belltown & Seattle Center


Nearly old enough to be called a Seattle institution, the Crocodile is a clamorous 560-capacity music venue that first opened in 1991, just in time to grab the coattails of the grunge explosion. Everyone who’s anyon…
Top Choice Cinema in U District

Grand Illusion Cinema

Totally unique! Far from being a reincarnated Gilded Age movie house, the Grand Illusion sits in an old dentist's office. Run by volunteers and passionately not-for-profit, it has a cherished national reputation amo…
Top Choice Theater in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

A Contemporary Theatre

One of the three big theater companies in the city, the ACT fills its $30-million home at Kreielsheimer Pl with performances by Seattle's best thespians and occasional big-name actors. Terraced seating surrounds a c…
Top Choice Opera in Belltown & Seattle Center

McCaw Hall

Home of the Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet, this magnificent structure in the Seattle Center was given a massive overhaul in 2003.
Cinema in Belltown & Seattle Center


Possibly Seattle's most popular cinema, Cinerama, famous for its giant curved three-panel screen, is one of only three of its type left in the world and has a cool, sci-fi feel. Sparkling after a 2014 renovation, it…
Live Music in Capitol Hill & First Hill


This punk, hip-hop and alternative-music joint is, along with the Crocodile in Belltown, one of Seattle's most revered small music venues. Its storied list of former performers is too long to include, but, if they'r…
Stadium in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

CenturyLink Field

The late, mostly unlamented Kingdome, long Seattle’s biggest eyesore, was once the home field for the city’s professional baseball and football franchises. Then it was imploded spectacularly in 2000 and replaced by …
Cinema in Belltown & Seattle Center

Big Picture

It's easy to miss Big Picture when exploring Seattle's Belltown neighborhood. For those in the know, it's an 'underground' cinema experience with affordable tickets of first-run screenings in an intimate setting. Or…
Live Performance in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Triple Door

This club downstairs from the Wild Ginger restaurant is a Seattle mainstay with a liberal booking policy that includes country and rock as well as jazz, gospel, R&B, world music and burlesque performances. There…
Opera in Belltown & Seattle Center

Seattle Opera

Seattle Opera is distinguished and diverse. Based at the McCaw Hall, it has hosted everything from Verdi's La Traviata to Pete Townshend's Tommy. It's particularly known for its performances of Wagner's Ring cycle, …