Amidst controversy, Seattle nightclub Studio Seven has permanently closed their doors.
Studio Seven has been no stranger to controversy throughout the 14 years that they’ve resided at 110 S Horton Street in Seattle’s SODO district. Just last November, it took 28 Seattle police officers to settle a disorderly conduct incident at the venue. On top of that, the Seattle Police Department (SPD) can link 26 service calls since 2015. That list includes offenses like driving under the influence, robbery, and both sexual and aggravated assault.
The catalyst to this closure, however, was the on-site shooting in February that caused the death of a 27-year-old man. The venue allowed the performing artist’s personal security to manage the back door of the club which led to private areas of the building. Due to the insufficient security provided by Studio Seven, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) deemed the venue a threat to public safety. An emergency suspension of their liquor license was issued for up to 180 days.
Even with a dry bar, the shows kept on rocking. They even held a fundraiser at the beginning of May to try and raise money for their legal fees. Unfortunately, it seems as though they lost their battle. On May 18 Studio Seven closed their doors for good. No official announcement has been made by the owners, but the word is out on social media.
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I was a little kid when I started going to shows at Studio Seven with my parents. Back then, the atmosphere and community felt comfortable and safe. It’s a shame to see such a huge part of my childhood shut down because of negligence and violence. I’ll be keeping my eyes on this building, that space could easily be revamped for a new chapter in Seattle music history.