Renton is a city in King County, Washington, and an inner-ring suburb of Seattle. Situated 11 miles (18 km) southeast of downtown Seattle, Renton straddles the southeast shore of Lake Washington, at the mouth of the Cedar River. The city is currently the sixth-largest municipality in greater Seattle and the eighth-largest in Washington state.
After a long history as an important salmon fishing area for Native Americans, Renton was first settled by people of European descent in the 1860s. Its early economy was based on coal mining, clay production, and timber export. Today, Renton is best known as the final assembly point for the Boeing 737 family of commercial airplanes, but it is also home to a growing number of well-known manufacturing, technology, and healthcare organizations, including Boeing Commercial Airplanes Division, Paccar, Kaiser Permanente, IKEA, Providence Health & Services, UW Medicine, and Wizards of the Coast.
Minutes to everything, excellent dining, and shopping, while still maintaining a small-town feel- what more could you want!?
The Renton History Museum, situated in a historic Art Deco firehouse built in 1942, preserves, documents, interprets and educates visitors about the history of greater Renton via exhibits and activities. The museum contains a large collection of images, items, and archives, including books, newspapers, records, school photos and mementos, and coal mining and firefighting equipment, which make learning about Renton an exciting experience.
Renton Civic Theatre is a professional performing arts institution that was formed in 1987 and is housed in a 1920s movie theater. The theatre hosts a broad range of plays and has been one of the best locations for great theater in the Greater Puget Sound region for more than 20 years.
The Carco Theatre in Renton is a 300-seat theatre in Cedar River Park. It's a professional venue for indie movies, children's events, and multicultural groups, all of which include onstage and onscreen talent. The theatre is a non-profit that helps low-income and underfunded groups express themselves and educate their audiences.
The IKEA Performing Arts Center, which was opened in 2003 on the Renton High School campus, is utilized for student theatrical training as well as lectures, concerts, and community performances. The Rainier Symphony, the Renton City Concert Band, Ensemble Ballet Theatre, Evergreen City Ballet, and other artistic groups call it home. The IKEA Performing Arts Center features a wrap-around lobby, large dressing rooms, a 35-foot fly zone, and a variety of parking alternatives. The facility is available to hire for events all year.