The Moore Theater and Hotel

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The Moore Theatre and Hotel (1932 Second Avenue) were completed in 1907, in time for Seattle's first world's fair, the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. The opulent hotel and entertainment complex was built by James Moore, developer of many Seattle neighborhoods including Capitol Hill and Wallingford.

The stylish theater hosted such artists as the actress Ethel Barrymore, pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff and ballerina Anna Pavlova. It has more than 1400 seats in a steel and concrete structure with no columns to block views of the stage The theater and hotel still operate today.

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Moore Theatre and Hotel, c. 1909. Photo courtesy of MOHAI Webster & Stevens 1983.10.8464
Moore Theater and Hotel, photo by Mimi Sheridan, 2010

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This site is dedicated to the history of Seattle's downtown and waterfront, especially the State Route 99 / Alaskan Way Viaduct corridor. It was developed by the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration as an educational resource and as part of a Memorandum of Agreement for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (pdf 1mb).

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