Washington Filmworks uses our Location of the Month newsletters to showcase the diversity of unique looks and resources for production in a number of jurisdictions around Washington State. Find previous installments archived on our website and on the WF Blog.

City of Burien – August 2016

Burien is a waterfront community with a backdrop of six miles of Puget Sound shoreline, expansive mountain views, and sunsets that provide breathing space from the confinements of a big city; giving life to a creative mix of actors, artists and writers that together form a strong film community. With an authentic downtown core filled with delicious restaurants, bars and boutiques, these unique spaces provide the perfect setting for year-round activity like live theater, farmers markets, monthly art walks, antique car shows, heritage festivals and more! Community film festivals and events include the Burien UFO Festival, the Burien Film Festival and a Film Office Happy Hour at the Tin Room Bar & Theater on the first Tuesday of each month. Residents take pride in their neighborhoods and protecting public spaces. Come explore Burien and see how preserving both the environment and promoting economic success can yield breathtaking results.

Burien Weather

Photo Credit: Andrew Dunn

Photo Credit: Andrew Dunn

Typical Pacific Coast climate, with warm and mild summers, rain showers in spring and fall, and mild winters with little to no snow.
Average Temperature:
January – High 45.0 F, Low 35.0 F
July – High 75.0 F, Low 55.0 F
January Rainfall – 5.77 inches
July Rainfall – 0.75 inches

Projects Filmed in Burien

Photo Credit: Alena Tuttle

Photo Credit: Alena Tuttle

Key Locations of Interest

Macy Dunkle

Photo Credit: Macy Dunkle

  • Dottie Harper Park (majestically wooded park with outdoor amphitheater seating, the Ghost Dancing carved tree stump, and other art pieces)
  • Downtown Burien (condos, apartments, and elevated views of Mount Rainer)
  • Highline High School
  • Olde Burien (small town main-street vibe with unique building facades)
  • Seahurst Park and Trail (beautiful scenery, public access to Puget Sound)
  • South Gate Masonic Temple
  • SW 152nd & SW 153rd streets (filled with small independent shops, bookstores, etc.)
  • Three Tree Point (unique homes and beach access)
  • Tin Room Bar & Theater

Distance to Closest Large Airport

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is approximately 1 mile from Burien.

Closest Large Cities Adjacent

Bellevue is approximately 19 miles from Burien.
Seattle is approximately 11 miles from Burien.
Tacoma is approximately 26 miles from Burien.

Relevant Contact Names & Information

Photo Credit: Tyler Bramlet

Photo Credit: Tyler Bramlet

  • Local Film Liaison – Dan Trimble, City of Burien Film Office, (206) 436-5579, dant@burienwa.gov
  • Agency that issues permits and costs – Dan Trimble, Economic Development Manager, City of Burien, (206) 436-5579, dant@burienwa.gov
  • Police or Sheriff’s Department or agency that handles traffic control – Brian Roberts, Assistant Public Works Director, City of Burien, (206) 439-3164, brianr@burienwa.gov


A list of accommodations nearby are below:
Discover Burien – the city has several B&B’s that provide lodging and there are many hotels at neighboring Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, directly east of the city.

1411 Fourth Ave., Suite 420
Seattle,WA 98101
(206) 264-0667

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