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December 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Old city bathhouses stage comeback

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Sketched Nov. 18, 2013

Talk about an interesting transformation. Back in the early 70s, when people stopped using the city’s historic bathhouses as places to change into their swimwear, the little brick buildings were repurposed as art centers. Currently, Seward Park’s is a ceramic studio, Madrona Beach’s hosts a dance company, and Green Lake’s is the home of Seattle Public Theater (SPT.)

I recently stepped into the Green Lake venue to watch a rehearsal of SPT’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” which runs through Dec. 24. This is the play that helped save theater at the bathhouse when STP moved into the space in 2001, said artistic director Shana Bestock. Now in its 13th consecutive season, the holiday classic has become one of the city’s longest running plays.

People may not know there is a cozy, 165-seat theater here, said Bestock, but those who step inside enjoy the experience. “Everyone loves being in an old funky space.”

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