Tacoma’s Broadway Center has a new look – and a new name: Tacoma Arts Live

By Morf Morford
Tacoma Daily Index

Tacoma’s historic Broadway center, after being closed for six months, has emerged with a new look – and a new name.

The “new” look is largely a tribute to, if not actual restoration, of the original 1918 architecture.

Gone are the twenty-two layers of accumulated paint that were applied to the interior over one hundred years.

This architectural wonder was obscured by multiple layers of paint. Photo by Morf Morford

This architectural wonder was obscured by multiple layers of paint. Photo by Morf Morford

And yes, there are new seats and a new ADA approved center aisle on the main floor.

Beyond the visible improvements, there have been many seismic and safety upgrades. For example, thanks to the new open center aisle, emergency evacuation time is about half what it had been.

The new name, with its obvious focus on Tacoma – and its “live” arts scene – is a departure from the label of “Broadway” – and its association with either the street or traditional Broadway musicals.

Tacoma Arts Live has a focus on arts and performances of all kinds -  and from local, regional, national or international sources.

And Tacoma Arts, as we all know, are certainly not limited to one building.

Tacoma Arts Live is the umbrella organization for these facilities in Tacoma’s historic theater district:

Pantages Theater

On 9th & Broadway

Designed in the tradition of the Palace at Versailles

In many ways, and for many years, The Pantages has stirred the pulse of Tacoma. Photo by Morf Morford

In many ways, and for many years, The Pantages has stirred the pulse of Tacoma. Photo by Morf Morford

Rialto Theater

9th St. between Broadway and Market

Originally served as an art-deco movie palace

Theater on the Square & Theatre on Square Lobby

Broadway between 9th & 11th Streets

Intimate theater with a contemporary flair

Studio 2 & 3

On 9th & Broadway

Multi-purpose performance/ gathering space

Tacoma Armory

Located at 1001 S Yakima Ave

Features a large, open space perfect for festivals, conventions, sporting events, and other highly attended programs.    (1*)

Coming Holiday Events 

Symphony Tacoma presents

Sounds of the Season

Sunday, December 2, at 2:30 p.m.

Pantages Theater

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Immanuel Presbyterian Church &

Humanities Washington present

Think & Drink: The Speed of Deceit:

The New Era of Online Lies and Misinformation

Tuesday, December 4,

Doors at 6:15 p.m. Program runs 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Pacific Brewing Company, 610 Pacific Ave

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Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Rialto Theater

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Tacoma City Ballet presents

The Nutcracker Suite

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Pantages Theater

This detail from the end cap of each row of seats shows the craft and care taken in the restoration of this capstone of Tacoma's art scene. Photo by Morf Morford

This detail from the end cap of each row of seats shows the craft and care taken in the restoration of this capstone of Tacoma’s art scene. Photo by Morf Morford

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Seattle Men’s Chorus: Jingle All the Way

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Rialto Theater

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Harry Potter & The Sacred Text

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 3 pm and 7:30 pm.      Theater on the Square

Film Focus: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Theater on the Square

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Symphony Tacoma presents

Handel’s Messiah

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

St. Charles Borromeo

Puget Sound Revels present

The Christmas Revels

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.*

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

*This performance is ASL interpreted

Rialto Theater

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Tacoma Concert Band presents

Let it Snow! A Holiday Celebration

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Pantages Theater

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Take 6: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Pantages Theater

Tacoma Arts Live also has a full range of activities and services for schools and teacher on and off-site.

You can see what they offer here – https://www.tacomaartslive.org/education.

You can take a virtual tour of the Tacoma Arts Live facilities here -https://www.tacomaartslive.org/virtual-tour.

 

(1*)    These locations are also available to rent for weddings, conferences or other gatherings. More information can be found here – https://www.tacomaartslive.org/rentals.