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Merrill Auditorium

Portland, ME
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Ranked #2 of 66 attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Canyons, Concerts
Description: The concert hall for a variety of musical and theater performances.
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The hall is beautifully restored, with great acoustics and lighting. Its under 2000 seats and feels even more intimate than that size would suggest. We prefer it to many similar facilities in the Boston area.

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Greene, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What more can you say?? Perfect setting to view this group, close and personal. Best show I have seen since TSO in Manchester, NH

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We attended PORTopera's performance of Rigoletto. Great production and a great venue. The only drawback is the rack of the floor is so shallow that my 5'-1" wife has a very hard time seeing the performance if someone tall sits in front of her.

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New York
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79 reviews 79 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I have seen two artists at this venue. Both shows were amazing. The first artist we saw was Nancy Griffith. This was our second time seeing her perform. The second artist we saw here was Peter Frampton. Both shows were great and the acoustics were amazing. We can't wait to see another show at this amazing venue!

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Chelmsford, MA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We saw the Pilobolus Dance company while in town on a short vacation. The Merrill is a beautiful old theater with great sight lines and reasonably comfy seats, given its age. It seemed to be clean and well maintained.

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Portland, Maine
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I go to Merrill for countless events: symphonies, Ovations events, and occasionally other things. I've sat almost everywhere, but try not to sit at the very top because I find it scary. If you go, be sure to try one of their freshly baked chocolate chip cookies : > )

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Litchfield, Maine, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We went to see Man of La Mancha in this historic large auditorium not too long ago. The actors were sensitively miked, but could still be heard. Because of Merrill's construction there are no bad sight lines, although the orchestra off the floor may, because it is on the level of the stage, be superior. If you come to Portland... More

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Alfred, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The Merrill Auditorium is the venue to many types of musical and other entertainment. The venue has been updated over the years and is well worth the visit. We usually sit in the upper balcony where folks of all ages enjoy seating, but be careful of the steep pitch of the staircase. Good visualization of the stage from most seats.

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Gardiner, Maine
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This theater features excellent acoustics, comfortable tier style seating and wonderful concerts and performances. Portland should be proud of this gem! Easy parking close by.

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Portland, Maine
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is a beautiful theater located right in "homey" Portland, Maine. It is home to many performances, plays, as well as concerts. Great way to spend an evening is to go out to dinner in downtown Portland, then head over to the Auditorium for a show.

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