PACE


Categories: Arts & Culture In Review

855 106th Ave NE
Suite 150
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 462-4295

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PACE’s broad mission is to transform lives and enrich our community by presenting artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment experiences of the highest quality to all within its reach.

The Eastside is the home of innovative thinking and the new technologies that are changing the world. Drawing inspiration and expertise from their community, PACE will develop and launch the first true Cultural Hub of the 21st Century’s “Experience Age”, and create the new model for the rest of the world to follow.

Performing Arts Center Eastside

The  Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE) will be located in the center of the Bellevue business and shopping district: at the corner of NE 10th Street and 106th Avenue NE, conveniently situated between I-405, I-90, and SR-520, along a major bus route, and only a short walk from the downtown transit center. This central location offers thousands of people who live, work, and visit Downtown Bellevue convenient access to the performing arts. A network of sky bridges, sidewalks, and underground tunnels will connect the center with more than 200 retail stores, dozens of fine restaurants, and 1,300 first-class hotel rooms, all within walking distance. This energetic, pedestrian-friendly urban center promises an exciting atmosphere and an unforgettable theater experience.

This project is a massive public and private investment. The team is undergoing a capital campaign to bring this vision to life. 

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Venue

With a new vision and new leadership, PACE will develop, plan and build an entirely new kind of performance space. Our (modest) goal is to build the most important new arts building in the world, and to create the model for design and construction for every subsequent performing arts venue going forward.

The first purpose-built 21st century performing arts venue of its kind will be endlessly flexible and VR and digitally enabled (built into the “bones” of the structure and upgradable for what comes next) with the ability to offer a wholly new experience for our audiences and participants each time they encounter the space. The art and the performances will always be at the center of what we do. The utilization of technology will enhance the live performance experience and provide an entirely new tool and palette for artists to communicate and engage both current patrons and generations of arts-goers to come.

With no existing model to follow, the team that is realizing this new vision will include theater programmers, technicians and designers, along with architects, technology engineers, VR specialists, and futurists – drawn from our surrounding community, and selectively, from relevant organizations around the world. We envision a lively center, open day and night. Anchored by a 2000-seat performance hall embedded with the latest technology, the center will invite downtown workers in for lunchtime pop-up concerts, be a place to meet a friend in a vibrant, creative atmosphere, and house a dedicated MakerSpace that will serve as an incubator to bring artists together with the latest technology to hone their craft and perhaps create new experiences for tomorrow’s audiences.

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