The Paramount Theater opened its doors on March 1, 1928 under the name Seattle Theatre. For many years it was used for vaudeville and movies. Movies were just starting to build in popularity with the first invention of “talkies” in 1927. After vaudeville died out, it was used for watching movies. Although with over 50 other movie palaces in town it had lots of competition, The Paramount remained the most successful. It is today one of the most respected theaters in all of Washington and as of 1974 has even been officially registered one the National Register of Historic Places. In 2009 it became completely a performing arts venue. When it first opened the theater had 3,000 seats. Today the performing arts center has 2,807 seats.
It remains such a successful venue that it is considered to be the most successful and most popular in the Seattle area. The theater is more than just your average theater. It is cherished as being not only historical, but being by far the most beautiful in the area. It remains decorated in a style that was inspired by the Palace of Versailles. There has never been a time in its history that The Paramount. Throughout its time it has hosted the world’s best comedians, magic acts, jazz bands, dance performances, and the list goes on.
To name some specific acts: Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Madonna and Nirvana. But that is just a sampling. Top acts have come from all over the world to perform here. There has never been a time when the theater was not incredibly popular and that status does not appear to be dimming soon. It remains much visited be vacationers and residents alike.