McCaw Hall Seattle Center
"McCaw Hall exists to support and facilitate the missions of Seattle Center and our partners, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera. With passion for the arts, pride in our spectacular architecture, and firm commitment to our role as stewards of this major public asset."
About McCaw Hall Seattle Center
McCaw Hall opened in June 2003 as a $127 million renovation of the Seattle Opera House, made possible by a partnership between the Hall’s two world-class resident performing arts tenants, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera, along with Seattle Center and the Seattle Center Foundation. This partnership secured $55 million in public funds and over $72 million in private philanthropic gifts to make the Hall a reality. The Hall is owned by the City of Seattle and operated by Seattle Center, in accordance with a unique 25-year Operating Agreement with its resident tenants, which provides them with on-going oversight and shared responsibility for its operations and budget. McCaw Hall encompasses the state-of-the-art 2,900-seat Susan Brotman Auditorium, the 380-seat Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, Prelude Café, elegant lobbies fronted by a luminous five-story serpentine glass wall, two beautiful donor/special function rooms, and a 17,800-square-foot public plaza (the Kreielsheimer Promenade) that serves as an entry into McCaw Hall and the Seattle Center campus. Designed by local architectural firm LMN, the Hall’s design emphasizes elegance balanced with flexibility and functionality. Its open, airy lobbies strive to minimize the separation between exterior and interior, inviting the community to view and join the anticipation of audiences prior to a performance. As well, the Hall incorporates a number of environmentally sustainable design features which minimize its use of resources, waste generation and carbon footprint. Each year the Ballet and Opera present approximately 150 performances in McCaw Hall. In addition, the Hall hosts two productions of the Seattle Men’s Chorus annually, as well as a wide range of popular music concerts, lectures, corporate meetings, receptions, weddings, festival performances, community, and non-profit events.
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Transportation & Parking
There is a large parking garage (the Mercer Garage) conveniently located directly across the street from Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. This garage is operated by the Seattle Center, and parking rates range from $5.00–$15.00, depending on demand. There are also additional private parking lots throughout the area including: 5th Avenue North Garage, located at the corner of 5th Avenue and Harrison Street. It is a 3-block walk to McCaw Hall from this garage. Surface lots are available either side of Mercer Street between 3rd and 1st Avenues. Southwest Seattle Center garages, for those willing and able to make the short walk across the Seattle Center campus, there are garages located on 1st Avenue North between Thomas and John Streets (south of KeyArena), at the corner of Warren Avenue North and Denny Way (adjacent to the church), and on 2nd Avenue North and Denny Way (adjacent to Pacific Science Center).