The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

Dingwall Courtyard at The Cornish Playhouse

Our performances of John Baxter is a Switch Hitter and The Children’s Hour are located in The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center at 201 Mercer Street on the northwest corner of Seattle Center campus.

The Playhouse is located between Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Repertory Theatre at the 2nd Avenue North and Mercer Street entrance to Seattle Center. The Box Office and lobby entrance are in the Dingwall Courtyard on the north side of the building.

The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center
201 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109

Public Transportation

The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center is served by numerous bus routes with frequent connections to downtown and several neighborhoods. The best way to plan your bus trip is the King County Metro Trip Planner.

Simply enter your trip’s origin, indicate your destination as 201 Mercer Street, and choose your departure time. You’ll receive a detailed on-screen itinerary telling you what bus to take, where to catch it, where and how to transfer, and how much the trip will cost –check it out!

Monorail

The Monorail is a quick and easy way to get to The Cornish Playhouse if you’re coming from downtown Seattle. The Monorail departs every 10 minutes from Westlake Center Mall (at Fifth and Pine) and brings you to the Seattle Center station (across from the Space Needle). Each trip takes two minutes to cover the 1 mile route. The train can carry up to 200 passengers per trip.

One-way fares are cash-only: $2.25 (adult), $1.00 (youth 5-12), $1.00 (seniors 65+, disabled, persons with Medicare cards, and active-duty U.S. military). Children 4 and under ride free.

Click here for the Seattle Monorail’s official website.

The Cornish Playhouse Mainstage

Driving Directions

  • Northbound or Southbound I-5: Take the Mercer Street exit and follow the signs to Seattle Center. The Cornish Playhouse is located across from 2nd Avenue North, between Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Repertory Theatre.
  • Northbound Hwy 99:Take the Western Avenue exit; turn right on Wall Street, then left on 1st Avenue, then right on 1st Ave North. Turn right on Mercer Street.
  • Southbound Hwy 99: Take the Seattle Center exit, turn left on 5th Avenue, then left on Mercer Street.

Click here for traffic alerts from the Washington State DOT.

Please note that the Mercer Street construction project will continue through this summer. Updates on traffic related to this project are available at the Seattle DOT Website.

Parking

Street Parking

The City of Seattle has created residential parking zones in the Queen Anne neighborhood. Please read all parking signs carefully as many of the streets in the lower Queen Anne area are zoned for limited duration parking or for “No Parking after 8pm.”

Click here for a Seattle Center parking information.

Accessible Parking Enhancement

Seattle Center is working to increase accessible parking options on the campus – with a larger variety of parking spaces in several strategic locations. Please see the most recent online map for routes and parking options.

  • Theater Commons On-Site: Six accessible spaces and one accessible drop-off area are located at the Theater Commons at the north end of the site within easy reach of the theaters to accommodate patrons.
  • Loading & Drop-off: The loading/drop-off area along Mercer St. between Intiman Theatre and the Phelps Center will continue to accommodate patrons.
  • Garage Parking: 48 accessible parking spaces are located in Mercer Garage on Level C (Skybridge Level). 24 accessible spaces (8 for vans) in the new 5th Ave N Garage also serve the campus core.
  • Street Parking: Four on-street parking spaces on the east side of Warren Ave. N. just south of Mercer St. are designated for exclusive 24 hour use by those with Washington State disabled placards. The spaces offer convenience for both theater patrons and visitors to the campus.
  • On-Campus Lot Parking: Recent improvements to the School District parking lot off 5th Avenue North include new accessible pay stations and a total of six accessible spaces (five for vans) near the Harrison St. entry to the Seattle Center campus.
  • On-Campus Lot Parking: Recent improvements to the School District parking lot off 5th Avenue North include new accessible pay stations and a total of six accessible spaces (five for vans) near the Harrison St. entry to the Seattle Center campus.
Accessibility Awareness and Directional Signage
  • New Theater District and campus access improvements will help visitors and theater patrons navigate their way to and through the campus.
  • Simplified accessible route signage along Mercer
  • ADA ramp improvements
  • Crosswalk and pocket park enhancements on 2nd Avenue North.