FAQ's and Helpful Information

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Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t find an answer here, please contact us for more information.

General / Family Performance

Driving Directions – The GOOGLE PROBLEM!

Please don’t Google Thistle Theatre to get driving directions, you will be sent to the office. Click HERE for DIRECTIONS to our theatre productions. Our biggest concern…and seriously, this happens at almost every school show and family show…people “Google” Thistle Theatre, start driving and end up at our office. We don’t want you to be disappointed by missing a performance because Google sent you to the wrong location. So please follow the clear directions we have for you on our  Contact page.

How long are shows?

45 minutes, please allow time after to visit with puppets and puppeteers.

What age to you start charging for tickets?

There is no charge for babies in carriers or in arms. Tickets are required for children 12 months and older.

Are seats assigned?

All seating is open, and is first come first served. Doors open a half hour before the show.

What is the address for each of your locations?

Without a theatre of our own…we actually have 5 addresses! Office, Studio and three theatre locations

  • Thistle Theatre Office (Also the MAILING ADDRESS)
    6344 NE 74th St #103
    Seattle, WA 98115
    We have no regular office hours, they vary each day.

  • Thistle Theatre Studio
    6310 NE 62nd St.
    Seattle, WA 98115
    We have no regular studio hours.

Each theatre is unique and very different from the other.

  • BYT-Crossroads Theatre  
    16051 NE 10th St
    Bellevue, WA 98008

  • Magnuson Park Theatre
    7120 62nd Ave NE
    Seattle, WA 98115

  • Sunset Hill Community Club
    3003 NW 66th St.
    Seattle, WA 98117

How do I use my gift certificates?

Certificates can redeemed by reserving date time and location over phone, emailing office or bring to a show in person.

For what age do you recommend your shows?

Our shows are created for people from 3 to 103. We do not recommend for toddlers. That said, there are some toddlers who can sit and watch for 45 minutes without asking questions or being coached.

Are tickets refundable?

Unfortunately, all ticket sales are final and non-refundable. Tickets may be exchanged (subject to availability) or transferred.

Do you have Gift Certificates?

Give the gift of puppet theatre! Purchase Certificates for tickets to specific show(s) or show(s) of choice can be purchased through our office at (206) 524-3388.

What if I lose my gift certificates?

We have your information on record! We just need the name of the person who gave you the certificate and we will track it down. Recipients must have the physical certificate for purchase.

Are there concessions?

We are renters at all three of our locations. Each has a “no food in theatre” policy. Coffee and water bottles ok.

Is the free parking at the performances?

There is free parking at all of our locations and it is easy to bus to all three locations and walk to at the Sunset Hill location.

School Performance

How long are shows?

45 minutes, please allow time after for a post show demonstration of puppets and props used in show.

For what age do you recommend your shows?

Our shows are created for children from ages 3 and up. We write with all ages in mind, every age level is valued.

How do we reserve school performance tickets?

Tickets are arranged via phone (206) 524-3388 or email ([email protected]) Schools with over 30% of children on free and reduced lunch can qualify for subsidized tickets. Order by phone only at (206) 524-3388. NO DAY OF SHOW WALK-UPS.

May we drop in on day of School show without reservations?

No. Tickets are arranged via phone (206) 524-3388 or email [email protected]. Some shows, (especially 12:30PM) may not book. Many of the 10:30AM shows are already full.  Email [email protected] the day before and we can tell you if show or tickets are available. NO DAY OF SHOW WALK-UPS, please.

Checking in at the Theatre?

Please arrive 15 minutes before the show and send a representative into the theatre or lobby to check for seating instructions.

 What are School Show Times?

Morning Shows are 10:30am. Afternoon shows are at 12:30pm. Sometimes we change this show to 12:00 to help schools transportation needs..

How are the students seated?

Each theatre is unique and very different from the other, as is the seating.

Magnuson Park Theatre 
This is a large theatre with traditional raked theatre seating and an elevated stage. Classes are seated in groups according to age. We ask that chaperones and teachers to sit near the isle or behind another adult so that smaller children can see over their heads.

Sunset Hill Community Club
This theatre is on the second floor of a community center that looks like an old house. The stage is elevated and seating area is flat. All children are seated on the floor according to age with chaperone in chairs next to the seating area.

BYT-Crossroads Theatre  
This modern new theatre has no elevated stage and movable raked seating. Groups are seated assigned section and about 1/3 of the seating is on the floor, which are the best seats for seeing the show close up. They are usually assigned to older children.