July 2018: Canadian developer Onni Group plans to demolish the iconic Showbox theater to build a 44-story luxury apartment tower. August 2018: The Seattle community rallies to save the beloved 1939 music venue and wins a temporary stay of demolition. October 2018: Showbox employees form a community coalition called Friends of the Showbox to streamline advocacy efforts to save the venue.
Friends of the Showbox advocates for Historic Landmark designation, permanent inclusion of the Showbox in the Pike Place Market Historic District, and a preservation-friendly buyer. We want the Showbox to host live music for generations to come.
Friends of the Showbox is a coalition of Showbox employees, Historic Seattle, Friends of the Market, Friends of Historic Belltown, Vanishing Seattle, Rise Up Belltown, and other community and arts leaders. This site is designed and managed by Shannon Welles, a 17-year Showbox employee.