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Rainier Arts Center 3515 S Alaska St, Seattle

Ben Leiataua
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Listing updated 03/10/21 • Added 02/06/15

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Dimensions 40 x 80 ft.
Square Footage 3200 sq. ft.
Ceiling Height 20 ft.
Max Occupancy 266 persons
Accessibility ADA compliant
Accessible parking
Accessible entrance
Accessible restroom
Loading zone
Parking Onsite parking (free)
Street parking (free)
Parking garage / parking lot nearby (free)
Lighting Natural lighting
Lighting grid
Walls Plaster and Lathe
Flooring Wood floors
Stage Proscenium
Platform stage
Seating Fixed seating
Raked seating
Performance Space Theatrical rigging (things)
Other Qualities Storage area

Performance, Rehearsal, Exhibition, Meetings / Meetups, Workshops / Classes, Events, Screenings, Readings, Film Location


Dance, Theater, Music, Film/Video

Production / Fabrication

Audio recording / production studio, Video production, Film production

The Space

The Cultural Center’s Auditorium is an intimate space for theatrical performances, 
live music and dance, cultural celebrations, and corporate meetings & events. The auditorium features 242 raked seats arranged with a large center section and two side sections. The Auditorium is ADA-accessible and has 10 ADA-seats. The Auditorium’s stage is approx 19 ft. deep, 28 ft. wide at its most narrow point, and 37 ft. wide at the front. It is accessible by wheel-chair and includes a 16 x 19 movie screen. The Control Booth is located in the Mezzanine. The video system includes 3 PTZOptics pan, tilt, zoom video cameras, Blackmagic switcher, and PTZOptics controller with recording and livestreaming capabilities The lighting system includes 40 incandescent stage lights, 9 Chauvet COLORdash Par-Quad 18, 2 Chauvet Pro Rogue R3 Spot, an ETC ColorSource40 lighting control system, and dimmable house lights. The sound system includes a Behringer 32-ch Digital Mixer, a Smartphone/MP3 connection, 7 15” Mackie speakers, 2 18” Mackie subwoofers, 6 Beringer powered monitors, a 7.1 surround sound system, a Blu-Ray player, and a 5200 lumen Sony large screen projector.

Hourly Rental

$75 – $250 per hour

Included in rental rate
- Work lights
- Tables
- Chairs

Additional fees
- Stage Lights
- Sound system
- Projector/Surround Sound
- BluRay/DVD player
- Microphones/Stands/Cords
- Technician Fee - $30 per hour – REQUIRED with use of stage lights, sound system, and/or projector/surround sound
- Cleaning Fee - $60-$100 per cleaning

Monthly Rental

Contact the space for rates

Rental Requirements

Rates include minimum of 30 minutes BEFORE event for set-up AND minimum of 30 minutes AFTER event for clean-up.

Technician is required for events that use stage lights, sound system, and/or projection.

Events that use projection are REQUIRED to have a technical test a minimum of four (4) days BEFORE the event.

Rental deposit REQUIRED to secure the date of event (non-refundable; 25% of total rental fee).

Refundable damage deposit REQUIRED a minimum of 14 days BEFORE event (refunded 15 business days AFTER event).

Event insurance may be required based on the size and type of event.

All renters will be responsible for acquiring their own liquor licenses.

Cancellation Policy

REFUNDABLE damage deposit is REQUIRED and is a percentage of total rental cost. Due 14 days before the event.

NON-REFUNDABLE rental desposit is REQUIRED to secure the date within 10 days of the contract and is 25% of the total rental cost.

TOTAL rental fee is due 30 days before the event.

Cancellations up to 30 days before the event will not incur additional fees. If cancelling within 30 days of the event, 75% of rental fee (not including rental deposit) will be refunded. If cancelling within 15 days of the event, 50% of the rental fee (not including rental deposit) will be refunded.

The Basics
Shared bathrooms
Private bathrooms
Air Conditioned
Wireless Internet
Sound system
Sound booth
PA system
Digital projector
Film projector
Lighting equipment (Theatrical)
Lighting board
White boards
Tables and chairs
Performance piano
Rehearsal piano
Alcohol allowed
Rainier Arts Center

3515 S Alaska St, Seattle
Availability Calendar (off-site)

The Building

Rainier Arts Center is an elegant 1921 landmark building that marks the northern gateway to Columbia City and its variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. An affordable and accessible local gathering space, the Center offers a top quality venue, experienced event management staff and expert technical assistance.

Our mission is to produce and facilitate a variety of artistic and cultural productions that are supported by our community. We present an annual season of performances, stage an eclectic mix of productions with our partners and offer rental space for diverse community events and presentations.

Rainier Arts Center is a program of SEEDArts and was purchased and renovated in 1995 by SouthEast Effective Development, with public and private community support. We welcome you to be part of our audience, family of users and/or presenters.


Office hours are from 11-3 Tuesday through Thursday. Please call, 206-725-7517, before stopping by.


Our lot can accommodate 15 cars; additional parking is available on-street and in commercial parking lots nearby on Rainier Avenue. Parking at nearby businesses is available by special arrangement through the management.


Security and fire alarm.

Listing updated 03/10/21 • Added 02/06/15

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