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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 #15 of 308 attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Most recent review
- Jul 22, 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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Myrtle Beach, SC
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265 reviews 265 reviews
113 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

"The Last Five Years" was an awesome play with two very talented folks. Fast moving, and will pull at your heart strings. How lucky Portland is to have such a theater.

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Portland, Oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A small, intimate venue for solid performances and experience. Typically Portland, dress ranges from jeans to fine attire. For those on a budget, they offer night of performance tickets at deep discounts if you are willing to stand in line and take your chances on availability. So small that it's hard to find a bad seat. Casual food and drinks... More

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Bloomington, MN
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

One of the best things about Portland is the city's desire to retain the character of its older buildings' heritage wherever possible. I loved the way this old armory building has been transformed into a performing arts center. I learned that it has the highest LEED certification in the country among performing arts centers. It's just a gorgeous space and... More

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Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We have been to the theater in the Armory Building on two occasions. We have totally enjoyed the experience. Besides enjoying excellent performances, we enjoyed the uniqueness of the building.

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West Linn, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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66 reviews 66 reviews
8 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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17 attraction reviews
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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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