Initially run by John Cort, the Moore Theatre was constructed in 1907 as a social venue for Gilded Age elite during the early 20th century. The building and neighboring Moore Hotel were designed with visiting tourists in mind who came to the city during the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.

By the 1970s, however, the theater was falling into decline. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the theatre was taken over by Dan Ireland and Darryl MacDonald and renamed the Moore Egyptian to link it to the other popular Egyptian theatres in the US. During this time the theatre saw a revival for showing movies, and was the location in which the Seattle International Film Festival was founded.

In 1981 the owners moved, taking the “Egyptian,” name with them. The venue has continued to thrive, showcasing the very best musical and theatrical talent from top artists and productions around the world.

Moore Theatre