Welcome to Seattle Theatre History

The Early Seattle Theatre Project

Discover Seattle's early theatre history and the performers and plays that graced this city's stages from pioneer days to 1920. The Early Seattle Theatre Project documents the history of theatre in Seattle through a rich assortment of photographs, programs and reviews from the earliest years of the city. Explore the first makeshift performance hall in the Yesler Mill cookhouse, the rowdy "box-houses" with saloons, the lively vaudeville theatres, and Cordray's Theatre where Sarah Bernhardt performed before a standing-room-only audience of 1,500 in 1891.

Historical Overview


Funded by 4Culture

   This project was funded, in part, by a grant from 4Culture.