Carco Theatre

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Carco Theatre Upcoming Events



Friday, August 23rd, Doors open at 7pm.
Movie begins at 7:30pm (40 minutes)
Q&A after the film at 8:15pm.
Reception in the lobby until 9:30pm

“Introducing the Los Angeles Seahawks!!!” Yes, this nearly happened! Fortunately for Seattle, we had Paul Allen, the Save Our Seahawks group and Mark Collins. Experience “Superfan”: the amazing and emotional true story about a devoted fan (Mark Collins) who formed the grassroots group “Save Our Seahawks” to keep former owner, Ken Behring, from moving the team to Los Angeles in 1996.

Watch the trailer here:

This moving and emotional story is told through interviews with Mama Blue, Mike Gastineau (KJR), Rod Long, Dean Olsby and Mark himself.


Join us Wednesday, August 28th, 9am-10:30am FREE

Jeffrey Wilcox, CFRE, President and Chief Mission Advancement Officer at Third Sector Company will be sharing some ideas and encouraging significant discussion about what it means for today’s nonprofit leader to be politically-aware, politically-astute and politically-savvy.

Rhumba Night || Music concert with great artists from East and Central Africa

August 31st, 2019 – 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

8:30 PM – 9:15 VIP reception for prime ticket holders, meet & greet and photo opportunity with the artists.

9:30 PM Doors open for general admission

10:00 PM – 1:00 AM Showtime


Carco Theatre Event Center Programs

Children's Performance

We offer after-school musical theatre classes, summer drama camps, and video production workshops for kids aged 6-18. Carco provides these programs at low-cost, while ensuring that the instruction is high quality and fun! We also provide scholarships for kids from low-income
families for these programs.

Multicultural Presentations

Carco staff encourages multicultural organizations and diverse populations to bring their events to a public venue, where they can be professionally produced with the respect and cultural sensitivity they deserve. We offer discounted rates for nonprofits and Renton residents, and we
work to make sure everyone feels at ease and at home here. At Carco Theatre, we don’t “tolerate” diversity, we celebrate it!

Independent Film

We partner with regional film organizations to present screenings, film festivals, and movie nights. Carco Theatre has a 20’X20’ film screen and a Sony digital laser projector for film showings. We also have a high definition robotic camera system and live switcher that allows us
to capture anything onstage and then edit it for broadcast or streaming. Finally, we operate Puget Sound Access Channel 77, broadcasting in the South King County region, so everything that happens here can be programmed to Puget Sound Access – Comcast Channel 77.

Carco Theatre Services

At Carco Theatre and Event Center, we offer many options and services that can
make your life easier, bring more people to your event, improve the quality of
your performance, and/or help your audience enjoy themselves. Our primary goal
is to exceed your expectations and to give you the event you dream of.

Event Planning

From your first call to us, through the theatre tour, and all the way to curtain, we help you plan all the logistics and production elements necessary to produce an exemplary event. Our policies and procedures make it easy for you to be in control of your budget, time and outcomes. You may use any licensed caterer, vendor or restaurant, and we can also help you find them.


Your event is important to us. Therefore, we offer assistance in promoting public events. When you provide us with marketing materials at least one month ahead of your event, we post it on our website, social media, and regional online calendars. We also have spaces to display posters and postcards. Our goal is to make sure you have all the support you need to be successful.


Carco Theatre is fully-equipped with theatrical lighting and sound systems. These are included with your rental. We also have a pool of professional event staff that will meet with you for a free production meeting to ensure that your designs and plans are fully understood. We also allow you to call your own show and supplement with your own ushers and technicians. This flexibility helps ensure that your event runs smoothly, and that you save money where it makes sense.

Rental Information

  • Seats up to 300
  • 40’X40′ modified thrust stage (extends 20′ past the proscenium opening into the audience)
  • Double-wing offstage space with ample crossover
  • Film screen and projector
  • Steinway Concert L-sized grand piano
  • Dressing rooms, green room & rehearsal hall
  • Professional high-definition audio/video recording & broadcasting available
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking
  • Concessions service including beer & wine



Dressing Rooms

Rehearsal/Green Room

Concessions Stand

Located in Cedar River Park

Carco History

Carco Theatre was built in Cedar River Park in 1971 by the City of Renton with significant financial support from the Paccar (Pacific Car and Foundry Company) Foundation. In fact, Carco derives its name from Paccar. The original vision for the theatre was to “serve as a center for many community oriented projects from band concerts, dance programs, road shows, and performing arts presentations to public meetings, lecture series. flower shows and community forums.” Except for the flower shows, the vision remains the same to this day. Today the theater is operated by Puget Sound Access, the nonprofit operating the South Puget Sound public access channel.

Contact Us

Phone: 206-775-8600

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