Since its beginnings in 1939, the Showbox venue has gone through many changes. Take a look at our archives.

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On July 24, 1939, The Show Box opened as Seattle’s grandest “dine and dance rendezvous,” where dancing began at noon each day and continued into the night.

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The storied venue has served many purposes since that time — a dance hall, a furniture store, a Jewish bingo hall. But its most well-known for hosting big music stars, from Duke Ellington to Iggy Pop to Macklemore.

This week, a developer filed initial plans to demolish the Showbox to make way for a $100 million apartment tower — almost  79 years after the venue opened.

Here’s a look at some of the acts that performed in the venue, and the changes it’s undergone over eight decades.

July 24, 1939 — The Show Box opens

The Show Box opens at 1424 First Ave. Shows featured musicians, comedians and even a dancing dog.

April 1, 1940 — Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington, called “Harlem’s Aristocrat of Jazz,” brings his 25-person orchestra to The Show Box in 1940. For one performance, the venue offered low admission prices to schoolchildren so they could hear Ellington play.

July 14, 1941 — Gypsy Rose Lee

Seattle’s own burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee performs at the Show Box to sold-out crowds. The reporter wrote that she was “assisted with a group of attractive girls” and other musicians.

1948 to late 1970s — the era of change

The venue closed in 1948 but reopened several times, as a theater, dance club and a furniture store. In the late 1960s it reopened as a teenage dance club called The Gathering. After that closed, it reopened as a Jewish bingo parlor called the Talmud Torah, which the owners occasionally rented out for rock shows.

Nov. 26, 1979 — Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop performs at the Showbox (this time its name stylized as one word), taking “rock to the edge of insanity.”

April 19, 1980 — The Ramones (until Johnny Ramone fell victim to measles)

The Ramones were set to play the Showbox on an April night in 1980, but had to cancel — Johnny Ramone had the measles. The three remaining Ramones still managed to do a meet-and-greet with fans and radio interviews while Johnny slept in his hotel room.

May 15, 1980 — New Wave

In a story about the genre New Wave, the Showbox is described as a “wonderfully tacky nightclub” that has presented some of the best music in Seattle. At the time, the Showbox was operated by a concert company called Modern Productions.

Nov. 16, 1980 — James Brown

After his performance at the Showbox, the hardest working man in show business spoke with a Seattle Times reporter about politics, music and patriotism.

Mid 1990s — The Showbox Comedy and Supper Club

Nov. 21, 2003 — Death Cab for Cutie

Nov. 18, 2014 — FKA Twigs

May 7, 2015 — Sleater-Kinney

May 11, 2018 — Concert For Recovery