Parker's Casino and Sports Bar may be headed for demolition

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Parker's Ballroom, sometime in the 1930s
Photo courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives
"Seattle’s venerable old Parker's Ballroom (which opened in 1930 on the "New Seattle-Everett Highway," now known as Aurora Avenue N) holds a unique place in Northwest music history. Like a few other local dancehalls, it spanned all of the sequential musical era’s from the wild jazz days of the Prohibition Era right on up through the forties swing scene, from the rise of rock ‘n’ roll in the fifties, to the psychedelic sixties, and onwards to the heavy metal, disco, and punk rock scenes of the seventies. Unlike most other historic dancehalls though, Parker’s still stands." (Read the full article at

The building looks good from the front
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Parker's, most lately a Casino and Sports Bar, may not be standing for long. In April of this year, they were served legal notice to cease gambling operations. According to charging documents, the owner and holder of the gaming licenses had sold his interest in Parker's to a new owner without notifying the state and without the new owner applying for licenses under his own name. There was also reference to back taxes.

This last weekend a professional firm hosted a "garage sale" to sell every item in the building - mirrors, safes, sinks, etc., and posted photos on Craig's List. The sale is over and the listings have now been removed.


Anonymous,  August 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM  

So they sold the furnishing, but your story doesn't explain why the building is going to be torn down.

Did the building sell to a new owner with plans to tear it down? There is huge gap in the logic here.

This is not necessarily good news, the city gets a huge amount of revenue from gambling taxes, and they have a gaping budget hole for next year.

Anonymous,  August 23, 2012 at 8:56 PM  

As a friend of mine said, this really should be turned back into a music venue, Showbox Shoreline anyone?

Anonymous,  August 26, 2012 at 1:14 PM  

My understanding is that Chuck Olson owns the site & it will become part of the car lot. Sad!

Anonymous,  November 4, 2012 at 9:03 PM  

Looks like tomorrow or this week will be the end. An excavator and a dump truck stand at the ready.

Anonymous,  November 25, 2012 at 10:03 AM  

Great news! No more robbing families of their well being. Good riddance!

Opinion vs Truth February 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM  

They scammed my fiance out of money by charging him more than once without him knowing, and wouldn't repay him. Also, their dishwasher that washed the glasses smelled like feet, in turn making the glasses smell like feet.

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