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The Gerding Theater at Armory Building

128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland Center Stage, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl)
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Ranked #13 of 317 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Performances
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Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Gerding Theater is located in the heart of the trendy Pearl District, and offers a wide range of live theater in two venues. Major productions in the main theater include musicals, dramas, and comedy. Smaller productions are shown in the smaller basement theatre, and may include one to three actors in a play. We have had season tickets for... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

All the seats are great. No bad ones Acoustics are excellent. An intimate theater. Parking in this area is poor. Excellent restaurant/brewery right across the seat. This armory was remodeled at a theater a few years ago and they did a really outstanding job.

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Portland, Oregon
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18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We have seen several productions at the Gerding. I don't think you can find a bad seat, unless perhaps you sit in the middle. You have to step over all the other attendees to reach those seats. Acoustics are wonderful, and the things they can do with that stage are amazing. The Ellen Bye studio is as intimate as it... More

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Vermilion
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14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I couldn't get Dreamgirls tickets for the night I wanted, but did go to The Typographer's Dream. Actually because of traffic was 15 minutes late for the night of the performance I originally booked. Was immediately offered a ticket for the next evening, plus directions from my hotel via public transportation. Arrived wet the next evening, and had coat and... More

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PCS_Armory, Public Relations Manager at The Gerding Theater at Armory Building, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting Portland Center Stage while you were in Portland! We're delighted you enjoyed the show and our venue. Thanks for taking the time to post a review! More

New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

If you live in Portland, just keep going back. If not, be sure you check their program and secure your seat before going. Don't get to the theater just before your show starts, get there with lots of extra time to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail before the show, while enjoying the amazing architecture and maybe a... More

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PCS_Armory, Public Relations Manager at The Gerding Theater at Armory Building, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the fabulous review of our theater! We're thrilled you enjoyed your visit to the Armory and found Dreamgirls to be one of the best musicals you've seen. Hope you can make it back to visit again soon! More

Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The theater is people-sized, not cavernous... the play, Dreamgirls, lifts the spirits with song. The cast was applauded with a standing ovation.

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PCS_Armory, Public Relations Manager at The Gerding Theater at Armory Building, responded to this review

We're delighted to hear you enjoyed Dreamgirls! Thank you for taking the time to share your review. Hope to see you at the theater again soon. More

Portland, Oregon
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I just saw Dreamgirls (amazing production) at Gerding after a somewhat disappointing season of Keller Broadway shows last year. The production renewed my faith in musicals. The Gerding has a smaller main stage than Keller, so every seat is fantastic, great sound with a beautiful atrium to grab a cocktail at the intermission.

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PCS_Armory, Public Relations Manager at The Gerding Theater at Armory Building, responded to this review

So glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Gerding! Thank you for coming out to see Dreamgirls. We hope you'll come back soon. More

Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Gerding is very well put together, from the small service bar in the foyer to the decor. The main theater (there are several) has the best sight-lines I've ever experienced. There is not a bad seat in the house. All in all, you could not pick a better place to see live theater.

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PCS_Armory, Public Relations Manager at The Gerding Theater at Armory Building, responded to this review

We're thrilled you enjoy our theater. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your review! More

Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

They do wonderful productions each year. The historic building and theater are a wonderful experience.

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Portland, Oregon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My wife and I have been season ticket holders for PCS since it started 26 years ago. Overall, I would encourage anyone to come see a play, as they are almost always well acted, thought-provoking, entertaining, and/or educational. "Lizzie" however, was none of these things, and my example can be stated in two words: headless pigeons! I hope Chris Coleman... More

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PCS_Armory, Public Relations Manager at The Gerding Theater at Armory Building, responded to this review

Hello Tony, Thank you for encouraging others to come see PCS plays! It’s always nice to hear from our long time patrons. We know that every play can’t suit everyone’s tastes, but we are delighted that overall you’ve found PCS productions to be consistently well acted, thought-provoking, entertaining and educational. We truly appreciate your taking the time to voice your... More

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