Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
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As one of the last surviving theater venues on Broadway, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall keeps the tradition of hosting prolific performances alive in this historic part of Portland. The building that now houses what locals lovingly call “The Schnitz” was originally the Portland Public Theatre, built in 1928, and later renamed the Paramount Theatre. The Italian Rococo Revival architecture was said to be the national showcase of renowned Chicago theatre architects Rapp & Rapp, and has been beautifully restored through a generous donation from Portlanders Arlene and Harold Schnitzer. The Concert Hall plays host to a variety of presentations including classical, comedy, jazz, pop, rock, folk and gospel music, dance, theatre, travel films, and much more.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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lopper
oregon102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Daughter and I greatly enjoyed a holiday concert at this hall. I’ve lived here 20 years and had never been. It is beautiful. The staff was fabulous throughout and it was nice to experience the beautiful old atmosphere I’d not seen since some places in other cities. I didnt know this gem right here in Portland! A visitor tip, some of the aisle seats have small tables next to where you can set a beverage. It was a surprise bonus with our seat selection, and I gladly shared the little table space with the woman behind me. She said, wow I didnt know what the images meant on the seating chart, that it was a table! Me, I didn’t either, and you are welcome to set your drink here too! Beautiful place, with so much nostalgia. Daughter and I glad we dressed for the occasion. A trip back in time to before we were born!
Written 14 December 2023
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Hawthorne P
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
Saw The Jinkx and Dela Holiday Show and had a great time. We needed accessibility help and the theater was easy to access, had elevators, plus provided complimentary wheelchairs. The staff was helpful, knowledgeable, and courteous. It was a great night out!
Written 12 January 2023
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johnarama
Portland, OR76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
I have lived in Portland my whole life but had never seen a show at the Schnitz until very recently, and I was really struck by how beautiful it is! Beautiful and elegant in a way that the Keller or Newmark or Armory or Roseland or the Aladdin could never really approach. As with many old theaters, the seating is a bit cramped and uncomfortable, but it’s a very lavish and stunning venue for a show!
Written 26 April 2022
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David M
Portland, OR344 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Musically, the Oregon Symphony is excellent, and the performance we saw was entirely admirable. That is, once we were seated. Ushers were polite, kind, and efficient; on-site service was pleasant and friendly. After-market interaction was not at all helpful.

My wife and I are seniors. We do fine as we get around, but we both need to use handrails as we negotiate stairs. Our seats were in the balcony where, it turns out, there are NO HANDRAILS! Even after a major renovation a few years ago, they couldn't figure out how to put in handrails. Or to include that information in their ticket sales information. Getting to our seats was difficult and somewhat frightening. Getting to the exits was only slightly better. In between, we enjoyed the concert.

We learned, when we asked the next day, that the only choice we had, would be to switch from our seats upstairs to unacceptable (very poor acoustic placement) seats downstairs. Not much sense of interest in or feeling for our problem. Just "Take it or leave it." We've left it.

The Schnitzer is a grand old concert hall in many ways, but the renovation sadly omitted a part of the history they might miss: some of the folks that used to buy tickets.

Written 16 April 2022
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MAXFLITE
Hillsboro, OR180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Saw THE MESSIAH with soloists and PSU Chorus. A wonderful Sunday matinee in the Christmas season. Yes, it's a standard but with energy it is always exciting. The Portland audience knows how to attend a classical concert...when to applaud and when not. They knew to stand for the Hallelujah chorus without prompting.

Our seats were mid-orchestra and excellent sight lines until the 7' tall guy sat in front of me. I listened more they looked!

The sound was excellent. We have learned over the years that the best seats are mid-way back. You get all the highs and lows ...when down front you are just getting a blast.

The space is early 20th century baroque, beautifully restored and maintained and is a treasure Portland cherishes.

Easy in-out parking close by, no lines even with checking vax records and ID. COVID protocols were managed well by staff.

As downtown Portland is under pressure to regain its national recognition as a special place, we can all be thankful that the OSO is a gem that we should always guard and support.

Happier holidays after this season opening concert. Keep your eyes /ears on the lute. Who knew?
Written 6 December 2021
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Madeline Cook
Portland, OR106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
This is a very nice place to see an event or musical performance. It has great acoustics and feels pretty intimate without feeling too small. The ticket prices here are usually very expensive though so I only go here for very special events.
Written 19 March 2020
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Deborah S
72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We went to see, "Sarah Mclachlan" at the concert hall. We saw her almost 15 years ago in Boise, Idaho. When arriving at our seats in the very last row I had concerns about the sound. When she came on stage and began to talk and play is was like sitting up close. The architecture is absolutely beautiful and so are the acoustics. My only complaint would be the old seats are squished together. If you're tall or have long legs you might be a bit cramped. That being said, bad knees and all I will gladly go back to this venue.
Written 6 March 2020
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Mikpar
Portland, OR184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We have seats on the aisle and the ability to see the stage is great from there. The sound for music presentations is fantastic,
Written 18 February 2020
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Thank you for the kind words, and we hope to see you back soon! Stay up to date with all five of our venues through our email newsletter by signing up over on the Portland'5 website.
Written 19 February 2020
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Fung L
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We went to the John Williams symphony. The venue is on the large side. the symphony was terrific. Great central location
Written 17 February 2020
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Thank you for the kind words, and we hope to see you back soon! You can stay up-to-date with new events at all five of our venues by signing up for our email newsletter over on the Portland'5 website.
Written 19 February 2020
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bedandbreakfaster
Salem10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I love going to Schnitz. It's an older building but that adds to it's charm. The seating is such that one has no problem seeing the stage. The acoustics are good so that you get the most out of the sounds on the stage.
Written 6 January 2020
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Thank you very much for your review of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall! We are so glad that you've enjoyed coming to our theatre. Please visit our website, portland5.com for tickets and information on upcoming performances in all five of our venues!
Written 7 January 2020
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