Fifth Avenue Theatre

The Next Stage at the 5th: A Fresh Auditorium

The Fifth Avenue Theatre has had the same audience seats since originally reopening in 1980. In January 2022, The 5th will reopen after being closed for nearly two years due to the public health crisis. This project started, then stopped, and then restarted. Restarting in 2021, the 5th Avenue Theatre is going through a refresh and update of the space, with both the Orchestra Level and the Grand Tier receiving new seats and carpets.

With the scheduled reopening, the deadline on this project was a challenge that required detailed work plans and a tight schedule. Diligent awareness and protection of the existing decorative artistic plaster and silk tapestries were critical. JTM completed demolition of over 2,100 existing seats and carpet, with 1,250 square feet of ADA seating and access flooring, and a new power supply for lighting at the new seats.

  • Address: 1308 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
  • Status: Completed
  • Client: Fifth Avenue Theatre & UNICO
  • Architect: Weaver Architects
  • Structural Engineer: MLA Engineering
  • Size: 15,919 SF

The Auditorium at the 5th Avenue Theatre is Getting a MAJOR Makeover—Brand New Seats and Carpets! Time-lapse of old seats being removed.

“JTM is truly part of the 5th Avenue Theatre's family. It was such a privilege to have them involved in such an important and milestone project for this cultural organization.”

– Bernie Griffin | Manager Director

Project Team

Jimmy

Craig

Travis

Prescott