Coming Events in May 2020

Venue: Fremont Branch Library
When: May 30, 2020
1:00 pm

The Seattle Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere musical, “Lydia and the Troll,” by actor and playwright Justin Huertas, May 8 – June 14, 2020.

The Fremont Branch Library and the Rep are planning an event related to the play at the library on Saturday, May 30, at 1:00 p.m.

On a similar theme, the Fremont Historical Society is beginning research on the history of performance arts in Fremont for our annual May exhibit at the library. We know that the Fremont Theater was just west of the library in the days of silent movies; and that, in their early years, Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre used Fremont Baptist Church as their rehearsal space. More recently is the annual Moisture Festival at Hale’s Palladium, comedy sportz and improv at The Atlas Theatre, and performances at West of Lenin.

Please contact us (see the Menu) if you have suggestions for other performance arts in Fremont (past or present) that we should research. As plans progress, we’ll update the website.

Seattle Times Now and Then, Fremont Postcard, 1908

Check out the Seattle Times “Now and Then” column in the Pacific Northwest Magazine in the Seattle Times on Sunday, September 15, 2019. It features a 1908 postcard with a panoramic photo taken from Fremont Hill, looking across Lake Union to Capitol Hill.

The writer sent the postcard to his cousin in San Francisco to let him know he had arrived in Seattle. He reported that it was a great city and that opportunities for a young man were plentiful. He had found a job and was starting work on Monday. Today’s new arrivals could have written the same message, but it would have been that opportunities were plentiful for men and women and it would have been sent electronically to family and friends.

Now photograph looking from Aurora Bridge
Now photograph looking from Aurora Bridge
Now photograph taken from roof of Tableau Data 1 building
Now photograph taken from roof of Tableau Data 1 building

The column and photos have already been posted at You also see them at Paul Dorpat’s website, along with related material and past columns.