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The Gerding Theater at Armory Building

128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland Center Stage, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl)
5034453700
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Ranked #9 of 301 attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Theaters
Most recent review
- Apr 15, 2014
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West Linn, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The lobby is well appointed and the stage has good sight lines, and sound. seats are comfortable. I saw a Tedx event there, not a play or concert.

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Vancouver, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Highly professional productions with actors drawn from across the country. Comfortable seating with no bad sightlines. Charming small café with delicious food.

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Portland OR
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I had my doubts about this project when it started, but was very happily surprised by the outcome. The main stage auditorium is very comfortable with not a bad seat in the house. The lobbies are always interesting with art shows. The plays vary a bit but are thought-provoking. Of course, it is on the streetcar line, which makes attending... More

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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

The inside of this building is spectacular and it was designed with a perfect mix of historic and contemporary elements. It's also a LEED Platinum building which is pretty cool. The shows are high quality. There are a variety of productions, so some of them may not be for everyone. The shows in the smaller theater downstairs are edgy and... More

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Pleasant place to watch a play. Staff are friendly and fairly helpful. Drinks, food and coffee available before and at the intermission. Lots of other great food places around in walking distance.

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Vancouver Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We visited over the weekend late Jan 2014. The theater was pretty close to our hotel (downtown), and close to a lot of great shops and Powell's books. It's quite easy to make an evening out of it. We saw Chinglish and really liked it. The actual theater was really well decorated and had a good feeling to it. It... More

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Oceanside, Oregon
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67 reviews 67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We have been season subscribers here since they opened and thoroughly enjoy the productions, the theaters and the building itself. Individuals interested in theatre should check with them about tours because the building is very interesting and getting an opportunity is well worth the time to reserve the free tour. Also the productions are excellent and rival those found in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

The ambience is great. During the holidays they have carolers in the mezzanine from 6:45pm-7:15pm on Wednesday's. They let you bring drinks into the plays. The cost of food and drinks is very reasonable. I have season tickets. It is the best deal when purchasing tickets. You cannot enter once the play starts!

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We saw SantaLand Diaries in the smaller theater and what a delight it was! Very well done and funny. This small theater is so intimate and charming.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

I saw "Fiddler on the Roof" here on a recent visit to Portland. It isn't necessarily one of my favorite plays, but the quality of the production and the lovely theatre captured my interest. The pre-play food was excellent and the audience enthusiastic.

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