ACT Theatre is one Seattle's favorite venues for plays, and is a regional, nonprofit theater. ACT stands for A Contemporary Theatre, and this venue is one of Seattle's three major playhouses, along with Intiman and the Seattle Repertory Theatre.
The ACT Theatre was founded in 1965 by Gregory A. Falls, who also served at the original artistic director for the company. The ACT was originally located in the 454-seat Queen Anne Hall, but upgraded to the larger Kreielsheimer Place in 1996.
700 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101
The ACT Theatre focuses on plays--both premiers and classics--but the theater has a distinct contemporary edge to its productions. The ACT's manifesto declares that the theatre strives to capture current issues, create conversation, and seeks to do these things through a variety of performances.
Mainstage plays are the more major performances at the theatre, but not the only performances here. The Central Heating Lab is a program that puts on innovative performances, including cabaret, spoken word, dance, and more. Yet another project is sponsored by the theatre. The Hansberry Project is a black theatre company and focuses on African-America theatre, life, culture, and more.
The theatre also puts on a regular seasonal production of "A Christmas Carol" and the Young Playwrights Festival.
Tickets and Seating
Tickets are available by calling the box office at 206-292-7676. Groups of 10 or more can get a 10-20% discount, as can student groups. For more information, call the box office. Discounts are also available for students, people younger than 25, 65+, and people associated with certain arts organizations. If you want to see many performances, look into the ACTPass, which will get you access to as many performances as you want to see. On occasion, the venue's website will list special deals on tickets or package deals. Membership subscriptions also provide discounts on parking, access to priority seating, and more.
There are four performance spaces within the ACT Theatre--the Falls Theatre, Allen Theatre, Bullitt Caberet, and the Buster's multipurpose room.
ACT Theatre Parking
ACT Theatre is very close to the Convention Center garage, which has an entrance on 8th Avenue under the freeway overpass, just a block away. Other parking options include lots at 7th and Pike (entrance on 7th); Union Square Parking (entrance on 7th and Union); and Pacific Place (entrance on 6th).
Things to do Nearby
There are ample dining and snack options within walking distance. Tully's Coffee is just across Union from the theatre and there is a Starbucks just on the other side of Pike on 7th.
Sit-down restaurants include The Cheesecake Factory and Blue C Sushi at Pike and 7th, Sullivan's Steakhouse between 6th and 7th on Union, and Palomino on 5th between Pike and Union.
Downtown Seattle and all its many shopping spots are not far away. Pacific Place Mall and Westlake Center are two of Seattle's malls, both within walking distance.