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Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre

  • Interior shot of Penthouse Theater
    Interior shot of Penthouse Theater. Photography by Tom Dempsey.
  • Seating area of Penthouse Theater
    Seating area of Penthouse Theater. Photography by Tom Dempsey.
  • Exterior of Penthouse Theater
    Exterior of Penthouse Theater. Photography by Tom Dempsey.

On the Historic Register, the Penthouse was the first Theatre in the Round (arena) built in the United States.  This 160 seat theater was completely renovated in 1991 when it was moved from its original south campus location.  It also houses a rehearsal hall, faculty offices, and prop storage and is located near Hutchinson Hall.

Located on campus near the north entrance at NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE, the closest visitor parking lot is the N1 lot near the Burke Museum, payment via PayByPhone app or machine. The closest accessible parking is in the N5 lot. On weekdays, stop at the gatehouse to purchase a permit and the gatehouse attendant will direct you. Parking is free on Saturday after noon and all day on Sunday. For more parking information, visit: https://transportation.uw.edu/park/visitor

Campus Map for Penthouse Theater

May 16, 1940 - Curtain rises on Seattle's new Penthouse Theater (link from HistoryLink.org)