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Review of Benaroya Hall

Benaroya Hall
Ranked #11 of 457 things to do in Seattle
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Owner description: The new home of the Seattle Symphony.
Reviewed October 21, 2013

....which means it is no Carnegie Hall...but then only Carnegie Hall is Carnegie Hall.

Have been no on a couple of occasions with my GF and son to see events produced for children. Site lines are fine, acoustics are fine, and I love that the facility is nice and modern. Very nice - but not in any way exceptional...

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

A mere 3-4 blocks from our downtown Seattle hotel is this beautiful cultural gem, where we enjoyed the Seattle Symphony perform Mozart's Symphony No. 29 and other selections on Oct. 17. Tickets to this performance were quite reasonable - $25 for orchestra seats. Inside, the modern facility is a sublime mix of modern and traditional, with with a contemporary design melding with exquisite acoustics. Getting to the hall is a breeze - we walked, but there's a lite rail stop beneath the building with an elevator that leads directly to the enclosed mezzanine area outside the lobby. There, you'll find the ticket booth, coat check, Starbucks (natch) and a Puck's food counter that served tasty items for relatively reasonable prices - my son's mac and cheese and my Manhattan clam chowder/salad entrees were less than $20 total. Inside the floor seats are gradual stadium seating, so you can just see above the row in front of you. Beyond the carpeted aisles, the flooring (like the walls) is wood, so the sound isn't dampened. There are alcoholic drinks selections in the lobby, along with video monitors so you'll know when the orchestra is coming back from intermission. The only quibble are bathrooms, which aren't large enough handle large crowds (our performance was only half full, and there was still a line at times). Staff was professional and friendly; the crowd was smart. A great night out.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

I have been going to Benaroya Hall since it opened in 1998 and have never been disappointed in the building or its offerings. Home to the Seattle Symphony, the hall has two auditoriums that feature a variety of performances. The last one I attended was Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers a couple of weeks ago. As always, the superb acoustics combined with comfortable seating to contribute to a memorable evening.

The hall takes up an entire Downtown block, bounded by 2nd and 3rd avenues and University and Union streets. Access is easy. The hall has a parking garage and there are myriad others nearby. Buses stop in front of the building. A narrow entrance lobby runs between University and Union with places to order food, such as Starbucks, and small tables. Each end of the lobby features a massive chandelier by Dale Chihuly. When we have guests during our long annual Seattle stays, we sometimes take them to Benaroya just to show them these masterpieces.

I am confident that visitors would enjoy a concert or other offering in this beautifully designed building, which has won awards. But if nothing is on of interest, it is still possible to see the hall on a free public tour. A few times a year, there is also a free half-hour performance on the hall's huge concert organ. Details are on the Benaroya Hall web site.

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

What a classy spot! Visited for Steve Martin's bluegrass performance and the venue was amazing. The interior feels like a European Opera house complete with Opera boxes lining the walls. Acoustics were pretty good as well considering the length of the hall. Staff was also very friendly and helpful in directing people. Just make sure to go to the bathroom before a performance!

Thank Tyler L
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

The sound was great; the concert amazing. One complaint, Benaroya Hall is a fairly new building, but it is sorely deficient in woman's washrooms! The lines were rediculas!

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