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"A theatre goer since I was 2, I am now 26, I can not recall being as moved in so many directions as I was while watching Wicked."

- Matt B.

"If I could pick where I had to die, It would be at a performance of Wicked. If I could pick the last words that I heard, It would be the last note of the song "Defying Gravity." This show is utterly amazing!"

- Jen M.

"Wicked is a musical that does best what musicals are supposed to do: transport the audience beyond the world they know. Whether you dream of being Galinda/Glinda, the toast of society, or Elphaba, the beautifully misinterpreted outcast, Oz inspires you. What more is theater for?"

- Hols F.

"Wicked did it all for me. Wit, charm, excitement, romance, surprises, it's all there. If you're going to see a show in New York, see Wicked."

- John H.

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Paramount Theatre - Washington
911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101

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Playing: 09/20/06 - 10/1/06
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Paramount Theatre - Washington Information

For 77 years, Washington residents and visitors have been entertained at Seattle?s magnificent Paramount Theatre. Millions have delighted in The Theatre?s architectural majesty, viewed countless films, and enjoyed thousands of performers from all corners of the globe. Yet the story of The Theatre itself offers drama as compelling as any presented on its stage or screen.

On Friday, December 20, 2002, Ida Cole transferred ownership of The Paramount Theatre to Seattle Theatre Group (STG), the new name for the Seattle Landmark Association. Ms. Cole told The Seattle Times that she had enjoyed restoring the building but wished to divest herself of the enormous responsibility of owning The Paramount. As a parting gift, she personally reduced the mortgage on the building from $14.5 million to a more manageable $8.5 million, bringing the total amount of money she had invested in The Paramount to $30 million. In recognition of her outstanding contribution, the auditorium was officially named after her at The Theatre?s 75th anniversary celebration on March 1, 2003.

And what of The Paramount now? The Theatre is thriving, hosting six performance series, including Broadway, Jazz, Silent Movies, Dance, Family and Comedy. In addition, it continues to present a wide variety of concerts that appeal to every appetite. In appreciation of its splendor and diverse offerings, readers of the Seattle Weekly voted The Paramount ?Best Mainstage Theatre? in 2001 and 2002.

STG?s vital Arts and Education Outreach Department, now in its seventh year of operation, continues to sponsor programs that involve over 15,000 artists, students, and community members yearly, offering educational programs and performances that celebrate diversity and provide Seattle?s underserved populations with access to the arts. Many of these programs are held at The Paramount and The Moore.

Since The Theatre reopened in March 1995, more than three million people have attended over 1,600 ?Shows Divine at 9th and Pine.? They continue to be uplifted by the majesty of the venue and awed by what they see on stage. One theatergoer will never forget having a ?Cats? cast member sit on her lap during a performance of the Broadway musical. Another patron says being chosen to sing, ?Can?t Smile Without You,? on stage with Barry Manilow made her feel ?like a star? and ?changed her forever.? But Betsy Gutting expresses best the love and gratitude patrons feel for The Paramount: When Ellen DeGeneres performed on June 29, 2000, she rocked, reeled and healed her audience with her comic brilliance! Spiritual energy buzzed about the comic cathedral, magically transforming me. In I had walked, a former attorney turned stay-at-home mom with a life-changing dream. Out I SOARED, a former attorney turned stay-at-home mom turned STAND-UP COMEDIENNE! October 2001 . . . . I played my first casino gig! Oh, enchanted Paramount, your marquee should read, ?THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE: Where Dreams Sprout Wings . . . and Joy Takes Flight!?

The Paramount Theatre originally opened as the Seattle Theatre on March 1, 1928. It was designed by famous Chicago architects Rapp & Rapp, together with prolific Northwest theatre architect B. Marcus Priteca, who worked primarily on the office-tower portion of the theatre building.

Whether you are planning for 200 or 2000 guests, the historic Paramount Theatre provides Seattle's most dramatic backdrop for any special event. The Paramount Ballroom is perfect for receptions, luncheons, formal dinner banquets, meetings, private performances or any other type of social or corporate event.

The same elegant decor, advanced technical facilities, and ancillary amenities available in the more traditional auditorium-style format are also available to those who host a private event in the new Paramount Ballroom, a refreshingly different event space.

The Paramount Theatre is located on the corner of 9th Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle, one block North of the Washington State Convention Center, and directly across the street from the Convention Place Metro Tunnel entrance.

Going North on I-5 take the Olive-Denny Way exit. Follow one block to Melrose Street and turn right. Follow one more block to Pine Street and take a right. The Paramount Theatre is located three blocks down on the corner of 9th Avenue and Pine Street.

Going South on I-5 take the Stewart Street exit. Follow Stewart to 9th Avenue and turn left. Follow 9th Avenue for two blocks to Pine Street. The Paramount Theatre is located on the corner of 9th Avenue and Pine Street..

The Paramount Theatre does not have its own parking lot. There is a loading zone on 9th Avenue and Pine to drop off passengers. There are several pay lots in the area as well as metered street parking (after 6pm and Sundays are free). There are also multi-level garages at The Grand Hyatt?s 7th and Pike Street Garage, The Washington State Convention Center and in Pacific Place Mall.

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