Portland Performing Arts

Portland is quite the creative town. Every night top-ranked dance, theater, and musical performers take the stage somewhere in the city. Expect to find never-ending choices for things to do, from taking in true independent films, performance art, and plays, to checking out some of the Northwest's (and the country's) hottest bands at one of the city's many nightclubs or concert venues.

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the city’s unabashed passion for craft cocktails and beer, local wines, and artisanal coffee, it makes sense that Portland abounds with cool lounges, coffeehouses, and bars. Hard-core clubbing and dancing has a bit less of a following here than more casual bar-hopping, and Portlanders do like to combine noshing and sipping—you’ll find an abundance of nightspots serving exceptional food (and often offering great happy hour deals on victuals and drinks), and quite a few full-service restaurants with popular side bars and lounges. Nightlife and dining really overlap in the Rose City.

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Keller Auditorium

With 3,000 seats and outstanding acoustics, Keller Auditorium hosts performances by the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theater, as...

Kennedy School Theater

Furnished with couches and end tables, the Kennedy School theater, which is located in a renovated elementary school that also contains...

Laurelhurst Theater

With a classic neon sign out front, the historic Laurelhurst Theater serves beer and pizza and shows excellent second-run features and...

Living Room Theater

The sleek, upscale cinema, which has a lobby restaurant with a full bar, shows 3-D blockbuster, foreign, and independent films in cozy...

Moda Center

This 21,000-seat facility, formerly known as the Rose Garden, is home to the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team and the site of other...

Northwest Children's Theater

This long-running company presents four shows during its fall–spring season, geared to both the toddler and teen set. Performances...

Northwest Dance Project

Founded in 2004, this first-rate contemporary-dance company performs several shows—typically including a world premier or two—each...

Northwest Film Center

Located adjacent to and operated by the Portland Art Museum, the Northwest Film Center screens art films, documentaries, and independent...

Oregon Ballet Theatre

This respected company produces several classical and contemporary works a year, including a much-loved holiday Nutcracker. Most performances...

Oregon Children's Theatre

This kid-centric company puts on four to five shows a year for school groups and families at Downtown's Newmark and Winningstad theaters.

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