The Columbia City Theater

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Seattle WA, United States

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The Columbia City theater boasts one of the most beautiful settings for live music and performance in Seattle. The 300 capacity theater re opened on June 25th to rave reviews and even made it into the Seattle Weekly’s “Best of Seattle” list after being open for less than two months.

The Columbia City Theater was built in 1917 and is the oldest vaudeville theater in the state of Washington. Having played a major role in the Seattle Jazz boom in the 40′s, the theater played host to the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller. During the 50′s he theater served as a neighborhood movie theater (pictured above), where residents of Columbia City have recalled attending Saturday morning movies for kids like Flash Gordon and the Our Gang series. Later on during the 60′s the theater began hosting live events once more and is reportedly one of the first venues that the legendary Jimi Hendrix performed in.

During the early 80′s it was a home for much of the DIY punk movement and the touring networks that were created to support it. It has since been an art commune, and a place that specifically hosted raves in more recent years under the name “The Lish House”.

The current owners of the theater, Robert Hillman and CB Shamah, renovated the theater and bar, which they have named The Bourbon and are proud to be OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

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4916 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle WA 98118-1744
United States
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(206) 722-3009


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