Washington Center For The Performing Arts

512 Washington Street SouthEast
360-753-8585

Mission:

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is the principal performing arts resource for the South Puget Sound region.

The Washington Center's Principles

We will:

 - deliver diverse, affordable, high-quality performing arts programs;

 - support the artistic interests of performing arts groups within the region;

 - promote performing arts education in the south Puget Sound region for all age groups;

 - maintain fair and equitable community access to the Washington Center Performing Arts facility;

 - provide a well-maintained and contemporary performance center that is responsive to needs of audience and performer comfort, safety, and access;

 - operate in a fiscally responsible manner and form supportive partnerships with government, corporations, businesses, foundations, and individuals;

 - foster economic vitality, tourism and local development in the south Puget Sound region, and;

 - provide opportunities for staff to develop to their full personal and professional potential.

History:

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, South Puget Sound's largest performing arts facility, is committed to providing a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities for the residents of five counties. Located in the heart of Washington State's capital city, The Center has become a community gathering place, providing a focus for the performing arts unique to the region.

We present our own season of national and international touring artists from a broad spectrum of genres and styles. Our real purpose, however, is to provide the support services needed by the many local performance groups who call The Center home.

Opened in 1985, our facility has played host to thousands of events, with almost 2,000,000 people crossing our threshold. Our history did not start in 1985, however. The Washington Center is really the grandchild of the old Liberty Theater, a 1924 vaudeville house which stood on the same ground the Washington Center does today. The Liberty Theater was renovated and refurbished in 1948, becoming the Olympic Theater movie house. The Olympic was then taken down to just a few exterior walls in the early 1980's, and completely rebuilt as the Washington Center. While the building's facade still retains elements of the 1924 architecture, the interior is contemporary and modern.

The Washington Center building is owned by the City of Olympia, and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts is a private, not-for-profit organization with a long-term contract to operate The Center. We are a real success story in public/private partnerships, with each party bringing its strengths to the table.


Reviews

Brian Elvin

Rating:
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Saw the comedy series one night. Pretty decent comics. Decent priced drinks. It was in the smaller side room not main theatre. Much more intimate.

Marella Johnson

Rating:
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Very nice theatre that does an amazing job hosting my daughter dance recital with her dance school every year.

Karen Lunde

Rating:
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016

A great performance center with helpful, mostly volunteer staff. I've been to several events here and I've never been disappointed. Be aware that there's no way to avoid stairs to loge level seating if accessibility is an issue for you. Drinks are served at intermission, but they used to not be allowed in the venue. The Center has solved that now by making a reusable "adult supply cup" available. Ingenious!

Tyler Adams

Rating:
Friday, June 9, 2017

Great venue for Olympia. Nice to have the symphonies and ballet, including different musical acts each season.

Joely Heffernan

Rating:
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fantastic shows, knowledgeable staff, very friendly...I love bringing my family here.


Upcoming Events at Washington Center For The Performing Arts

20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Thursday, Nov 23, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Friday, Nov 24, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Sing a long Annie

Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 at 5:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Friday, Dec 1, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Monday, Dec 4, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Friday, Dec 8, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Performance: The Nutcracker

Friday, Dec 8, 2017 at 7:30pm
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Performance: The Nutcracker

Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 at 2:00pm
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Performance: The Nutcracker

Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 at 7:30pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Monday, Dec 11, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Friday, Dec 15, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Performance: The Nutcracker

Friday, Dec 15, 2017 at 7:30pm
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Performance: The Nutcracker

Saturday, Dec 16, 2017 at 2:00pm
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Performance: The Nutcracker

Saturday, Dec 16, 2017 at 7:30pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Monday, Dec 18, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Thursday, Dec 21, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Friday, Dec 22, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Monday, Dec 25, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Tuesday, Dec 26, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Wednesday, Dec 27, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Thursday, Dec 28, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Friday, Dec 29, 2017 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Monday, Jan 1, 2018 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Thursday, Jan 4, 2018 at 12:00pm
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20th Annual Holiday Quilt Exhibition

Friday, Jan 5, 2018 at 12:00pm
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An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 at 7:30pm
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