The SS Marie Antoinette
began when a group of visual artists leased a building (1235 Westlake Seattle, WA 98109) around 2001. These artists took a dilapidated 8,000 sq ft (357 m<sup>2</sup>), 50 year old yacht factory, and split the large space into six individual studios. Averaging six people renting the building and spliting rent and bills equally, the SS Marie Antoinette (SSMA) continued as a hub for artists and musicians in or visiting the Seattle area for 7 years.
The artists renting the SSMA used the space for many mediums of visual art, including: screen printing, painting, sculpture, graphic design, furniture fabrication, photography, sound engineering, song writing, and many others. The SSMA catered to artists and musician who normally would not be showcased in popular venues.
In 2005 the SSMA "Captain" became Malaki S., who took the large room in the back of the building and converted it into DIY
theater, complete with house PA, lights, and mixing board. The word of a place for "underground" bands to play spread quickly, and soon the SSMA hosted 5 to 6 shows a week.
The SSMA shut its doors on 7 July 2007, when Lemantzakis properties
, the owners of the building, decided to not renew the lease.
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