Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

Cornish Playhouse

The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center is a vibrant theatrical and educational facility and a landmark of modern architecture comprising a 470-seat main auditorium, a flexible black-box theater, and a generous forecourt and lobby. Built for the World’s Fair of 1962 and now operated by Cornish College of the Arts as its highest-profile venue, the Playhouse presents a full range performing arts events open to the public. Between the work created by Cornish students and professional productions from a wide range of community partners, the Playhouse offers rich experiences not only in theater but also in dance, music and the visual arts.


The Cornish Playhouse and the Alhadeff Studio are located on north end of the Seattle Center grounds.. The address is 201 Mercer Street. View campus map.


There are various open and covered paid parking lots adjacent to Seattle Center, as well as metered street parking. View parking locations.

Public Transportation

The Cornish Playhouse is easily accessible via multiple bus routes including 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 29, 32, 82, 994 and RAPIDRIDE D. To access the most up-to-date schedule and route information, try the King County Metro Transit Trip Planner.

Seattle Center Monorail can whisk you between Seattle Center and Westlake Center in the heart of downtown Seattle. The Monorail departs every 10 minutes from Westlake Center, located at Fifth and Pine Street and every 10 minutes from the station at Seattle Center, located near the base of the Space Needle. Please note that the Monorail does not run during late night or early morning hours. Check their website for current open and close times.


Cornish College of the Arts committed to ensuring that its performance venues are accessible to all patrons. The closest access point for the Playhouse and Studio is the accessible drop-off area on Mercer Street between the Playhouse and the Seattle Rep Theater. 

In addition to the handicapped parking spots in Mercer Garage, four on-street parking spaces on the east side of Warren Avenue North. just south of Mercer Street. are designated for exclusive 24-hour use by those with Washington State disability placards.

Patrons requiring assistance may enter the the Playhouse using the ADA-accessible door on the west side of the building, just south of the courtyard entrance. Please ring the doorbell and a staff member will come to assist you.

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets for all performances can be purchased in advance online using major credit cards, or at the door using cash, check or credit cards. Please note the following:

  • Cornish College of the Arts Events -- Tickets for Cornish College of the Arts events may be purchased in advance through Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Other Events and Activities -- Other organizations also use Cornish Playhouse for their events. Please contact the organization sponsoring the event directly for specific details about purchasing tickets.

Playhouse Box Office

Whenever there is a public event taking place, the Cornish Playhouse box office opens one hour prior to curtain. If your tickets are being held at Will Call, please plan on picking them up at least 15 minutes prior to show time.