Venues

The Rialto Theater

The Rialto Theater in Tacoma is one of Tacoma’s oldest theaters, and part of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts along with the Pantages and the Theater on the Square. All are located in downtown Tacoma.

The Rialto Theater originally opened in September 1918 as a part of a national movie theater chain. Although not originally built to be used as it is today, the dressing rooms, lobby, pit, and other aspects have been added on over time. The Rialto was built with Vienna’s Redoutensaal as an inspiration, and today still has much of its original plasterwork on the ceilings and walls. The Rialto seats 739.

For more information about the history of this theater, please contact the  Broadway Center For The Performing Arts 

Address: 310 S 9th St, Tacoma, WA 98402
Box Office: 253.591.5894 or 1.800.291.7593
Administration: 253.591.5890

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The Pantages Theater

The Pantages Theater is Tacoma’s oldest theater. Situated in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District in downtown, this theater hosts everything from local entertainment to world-class performers.

The history of the Pantages goes back over 100 years. The site where the theater is today was, at one time, the site of a saloon and Tacoma’s first department store, but in 1908 the land was purchased, structures there were knocked down, and the Pantages began to take shape. It was finally completed and opened to the public in 1918.

The theater changed names over the years (also called The Orpheum and The Roxy), but was changed back to its original name in the 1980s. Tacoma’s Pantages is just one of several in a chain of Pantages theaters around the country, including the much more famous Pantages in Los Angeles. These were all built by Alexander Pantages to be Vaudeville theaters throughout the early 1900s. It is the oldest of the chain still in operation. The Pantages seats 1,168.

For more information about the history of this theater, please contact the  Broadway Center For The Performing Arts 

Address: 901 Broadway, Tacoma, Washington 98402
Box Office: 253.591.5894 or 1.800.291.7593
Administration: 253.591.5890

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The Theater on the Square

Our third venue, Theatre on the Square, is right next door to the Pantages Theater and is the newest of the theaters at the Broadway Center. It was designed by architects Broome, Oringdulph, O’Toole, Rudolf, Boles and Associates of Portland, Oregon, with Jones & Roberts Company of Lacey overseeing construction.

$11.8 million raised from private and public sectors provided the foundation for a revitalized theater district. Opened in October 1993, the 302-seat theater and a new rehearsal hall sit adjacent to the Pantages. Theatre on the Square has full production capabilities including a rehearsal room and studio space.

For more information about the history of this theater, please contact the  Broadway Center For The Performing Arts 

Address: 901 Broadway, Tacoma, Washington 98402
Box Office: 253.591.5894 or 1.800.291.7593
Administration: 253.591.5890

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The Performing Arts and Events Center – Federal Way

Our newest venue is Performing Arts and Events Center in Federal, which was newly opened last season in 2017. From the stunning main curtain to the vivid color schemes, the multi-level seating in the PAEC theatre is perfect for accommodating intimate recitals or grandiose performances. Their experienced staff and cutting edge technical systems can adeptly maneuver the most intricate elements of your production. With the capacity to seat an audience of over 700, the PAEC theatre lends an element of star-quality to your performance. Tacoma Opera is excited to be expanding our performances to this marvelous new facility and the community it serves.

For more information about this theater, please contact the
 Performing Arts and Events Center in Federal Way 

Address: 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way South, Federal Way, WA 98003
Box Office: 253.835.7010

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