Theater seating is accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Our seats are stadium-style. There is seating for about 275 people. We provide a padded seat cushion, but you may bring your own cushion or stadium seat if you wish. Evenings can get chilly in the forest so you may want to bring along a sweater.
Our Theater is a short walk through the woods on a bark chipped bark trail, so wear comfortable shoes and plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance to allow time to pick up your tickets and walk the trail to the theater. Lighting along the way will help guide you back to your car after evening performances. We do provide transportation from our parking lot to the theater for those unable to take the trail for whatever reason – just ask!
The property is bordered on North and East by almost one third of a mile of Snoqualmie River shoreline. There are numerous wetlands and steep slopes. There is one type-4 stream, O Creek, that transects the property from the south to north with numerous beaver ponds (one active, several abandoned) that have evolved in swampy areas.
Much of the area of the property adjacent to the Snoqualmie River is in the View Shed of Snoqualmie Falls. The southern boundary of the property is adjacent to the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail that terminates in an overlook of Snoqualmie Falls.
To produce family friendly theatrical productions and other entertainment. To promote and educate creative and performing arts. To encourage participation in outdoor and wildland stewardship. To sponsor and host membership activity and fund-raising events. To control development of the Snoqualmie Falls area for public enjoyment. To provide recreational facilities for members’ use and enjoyment.
Our park is home to wildlife including deer, elk, bear, cougar, bobcat, and many species of birds. Abundant blooms of native flowers in the spring and several varieties of mushrooms in the fall provide many of the reasons we think preserving this corner of Snoqualmie Valley is so important. We completed Restoration of O Creek and Bridge Construction, which added nearly 0.8 mile of salmon habitat to the Snoqualmie River. Another previously completed project was the Upper Trail and Bridge Restoration (2008).
Some of our projects include the development of a Forest Stewardship Plan, with assistance from the Washington State University Cooperative Extension. We’ve been busy reforesting areas of the property that have been logged over the years.
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Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater: The Valley’s best kept secret
by Amanda Rich
Adjacent to Snoqualmie Ridge a hidden oasis lies along the Snoqualmie River at the base of Snoqualmie Falls. Even longtime Valley residents don’t know it exists.
The Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre is a 93-acre sanctum of diverse landscape of thick trees, wetlands, riverfront and open clearings complete with fruit trees that likely date back to an original valley homestead. Trails that loop through the property connect from the Snoqualmie-Preston Trail. Standing by the river you get the best view of Snoqualmie Falls that I have ever seen.
The Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre was formed as a nonprofit in 1965. Committed to promoting the arts, the theater has hosted many theatrical productions over the years, including Annie, Meet Me in St. Louise, Into the Woods and other well-known musicals and plays. Other annual events include holiday wreath making and an Easter egg hunt. The property is also available to rent for special events. There are restrooms with showers and a caretaker who lives on site.
How can you support the Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre? The board is recruiting volunteers for their upcoming events. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, contributions are tax deductible. Annual memberships are also available.
The benefits of membership are a plenty. Members receive two tickets for shows produced by the theatre, year-round access to the 93-acre gated property that offers hiking trails, river access, a playground and picnic area. Camping is available only to members (reservations are required).
The board is also seeking new members and would like to welcome people with publicity and marketing experience to publicize events and the availability of the space for events and productions.
Memberships and contributions help the board to preserve the forest as open space and promote the arts. The board has also engaged in efforts to restore fish-spawning habitats in the creeks that run through the property.
Visiting this expansive, private refuge in the woods just minutes from downtown Snoqualmie and Snoqualmie Ridge is a unique experience. Walking down to the Snoqualmie Falls viewpoint, I had so much appreciation for the history of this landscape and what the theater has preserved in keeping the property mostly untouched.