Come visit the Paramount to see one of the most opulent theatres anywhere. Many won't think of a theatre as a tourist destination but in a country where entertainment is one of the main religions the Paramount ranks as a great cathedral. See a show if you can afford it or attend one of the first Saturday free tours if you can't. If you like the interiors of European palaces, the Paramount is for you.
The Paramount Theatre in Seattle opened in 1928 to rave reviews. It was the largest, most gorgeous, most incredible theatre west of Chicago. The 4,000 seat auditorium enveloped patrons in Baux Arts opulence with a four-tiered lobby, beaded chandeliers baroque plaster moldings, wall medallions, tapestries and wall paintings. By the early 1990s the theatre had run into debt and was threatened by demolition. But in 1992 Ida Cole, another Microsoft millionaire, came to the rescue and led a campaign to save the grand old lady. In 1993 and 1994 Ms. Cole and a number of other public and private partners embarked on a $30 million renovation of the theatre, restoring it to its original splendour. Today we are lucky to be able to visit this 'cathedral of entertainment' for broadway touring shows, concerts and public tours.
Location: 9'th and pine, across from the Convention Center bus tunnel stop
We have a hidden treasure here - in Tacoma. Le May Family Car museum. A family owned - collection of 00s of antique cars. Imagine seeing a 1936 Mercedes Roaster and the 1946 Arrow, and on on. The first car the English royal family drove/rode in the USA. You have to see it to believe it if you love cars!!!!
Hidden treasure unknown by most locals, and yet one of the best collections anywhere in the world - (I had a tour from the founder's son - it was amazing and you really wish everyone could see it) soon to be into a museum after they raise $80m to build. Direct news from the family. It will be an incredible collection. Mind blowing to see such cars that you only see in books.
The Museum of Flight Restoration Center is a workshop open to the public. It's hours are slightly odd: Tuesday-Thursday 8 am-4 pm, Saturday 9am-5pm. It is near the main entrance (to the right as one enters) of Paine Field in Everett. They request donations, but there is no admission fee. You can see historic aircraft being restored and can talk with the volunteer workers. Shown in the photo is the deHavilland Comet 4, a later version of the first commercial jet aircraft. The hanger door has a hole so that part of the airplane is indoors. The Boeing factory which makes 747’s is also at Paine Field and is open for public tours from Monday to Fridays. The main Museum of Flight is in Seattle at King County International Airport. The airport’s new name is not used much as people still refer to the old name, Boeing Field.
Glass Eyeball Museum:
I read of this place on a tourist map. I couldn't believe it. Someone actually spent the time to make a museum for glass eyeballs! I searched all around, but couldn't find the dang thing. I asked around, and people thought I was nuts. The tourist station person said she had not gone, but it wasn't a misprint. If someone knows if this thing is still around, let me know. I have to see this for myself! Will the search for the Glass Eyeball Museum be resolved? I'll keep you posted. UPDATE: I was in Seattle last week, and to my dismay, the Glass Eyeball Museum was no longer featured in the tourist maps. Sorry.