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The stately building, newly named Seattle Center Armory, continues to serve generations of visitors -- updating its physical space and peeling back the thick Armory walls to reveal its historic roots.  The “Center of the Center” now features fresh, local foods and beverages.  Taste the new savory and sweet offerings, stay for the many cultural celebrations and take in the sights and sounds of Seattle Center on the new 60-foot outdoor deck.  The Armory (main floor) is also home to customer service and Seattle Center administrative offices. 

Hours of Operation

The Armory opens every day at 7:00AM and closes at 9:00PM Sunday through Thursday, 10:00PM Friday and Saturday, 11:30PM on New Year’s Eve. The Armory is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Seattle Center Armory History

The Seattle Field Artillery Armory, built in 1939, has stood the test of time, evolving over many years as a community gathering place and affordable family destination. Originally built in 1939 as the old Armory Building, it housed the 146th Field Artillery and its half-ton tanks. The basement of the Armory still has markings from the old firing range and an unfinished swimming pool intended for the recruits. In 1941, Duke Ellington played on stage for the University of Washington's Junior Prom.

 For the 1962 Worlds Fair, the Armory was reconfigured into the first vertical shopping mall, called the Food Circus. It just pre-dated Northgate Mall, which was the first indoor mall in the United States. In the early 1970’s, the Food Circus was renamed Center House after some minor renovations. In 1985, the Children's Museum moved into the first floor of the building and expanded their space in 1995, building a giant toy mountain for the newly created Kenneth and Maureen Alhadeff Exhibit Center. At the same time, Center House was renovated and reconfigured to emphasize public programming, such as signature events, free family entertainment and cultural festivals. In December 2000, the Kennedy Center designated the Center House Stage as an Imagination Celebration National Site, only the fifth location in the nation to be designated. Today, over 3,000 free public performances occur in Seattle Center Armory each year.

Seattle Center Armory - the “Center of the Center” - now features fresh foods and beverages from several businesses including local merchants. Taste the new savory and sweet offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner, stay for the many festivals, cultural celebrations and activities across campus, and take in Seattle Center on the Armory outdoor deck.
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The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) offers vocational training in Computer Game Development (Animation and Programming) and 3D Animation for Screen, supporting the digital creative industries, which continue to grow faster than any other entertainment or content sector.
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Book-It Repertory Theatre is dedicated to transforming great literature into great theatre through simple and sensitive production, and to inspire our audiences to read. Twelve years in operation, Book-It has brought more than 27 books to life on stage -- many of them world premiere productions. Book-It uses a variety of venues for its performances, including several Seattle Center stages. Our educational and community outreach program, Book-It All Over!, brings a selection of stories to schools, libraries and community centers. Please join us as we bring your favorite books to life, narrative and all.
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The Center School is a Seattle Public School that provides a rigorous academic education in the heart of Seattle's cultural and arts community. Located on the third and fourth floors of The Armory, The Center School emphasizes inquiry-based learning and interdisciplinary team teaching to bring academic subjects to life.
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Located on the 1st floor of the Armory, Center Theatre is the administrative home to the Seattle Shakespeare Company and Book-It Repertory Theatre. For rates and rental information please contact Theater Puget Sound.
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The Children's Museum features interactive child-size exhibits that invite visitors to explore world cultures in the museum's "Neighborhood," across the globe and through time. Studio spaces allow children to experience art, technology and the humanities through hands-on activities.
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Seattle Shakespeare Company is the Puget Sound region’s only year-round professional classical theatre dedicated to producing the works of Shakespeare. The company’s growing success stems from a deep belief in the power and vibrancy of Shakespeare’s words and ideas along with a commitment to artistic excellence on the stage. The results have been provocative performances that both challenge and delight audiences while fostering an appreciation for the greatest playwright the world has ever known.
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TeenTix is a revolutionary arts access program for teenagers. This non-profit help arts organizations connect with young audiences and we empower teenagers to engage with the arts on their own terms. Any teenager (13-19 years old) can sign up for a free Teen Tix pass..
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Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) is a leadership and service organization founded in 1997 to advocate for the region's growing theatre community's causes and administer much-needed services. TPS exists to promote the spiritual and economic necessity of theatre to the public, and to unify and strengthen the theatre community through programs, resources and services.
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Interested in Booking an Event inside Seattle Center Armory? We have a variety of spaces to accommodate your group's needs.
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Armory Hours

The Armory opens every day at 7:00AM and closes at 9:00PM Sunday through Thursday, 10:00PM Friday and Saturday, 11:30PM on New Year’s Eve. The Armory is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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