Seattle may get new historic theater district

Vanessa Ho

Funny how you can slap a new name on something and get more out of it.

Take the proposal in the City Council to create a new “Downtown Historic Theatre District” in Seattle. The Paramount, Moore and other landmark theaters have been in the city for decades – since before the Great Depression – but calling it a “historic district” somehow conveys a fancy, must-see, tourist-worthy destination.

What would such a district do? It would help the city support the theaters, through such things as preservation funding, development incentives and promotion.

Proposed by Councilmember Nick Licata, the resolution would apply to downtown theaters that have live performances and were built before 1930. That currently applies to five theaters, all of which have a pretty cool history.

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