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The Gerding Theater at the Armory

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Neighborhood: Pearl
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Address: 128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland Center Stage, Portland, OR 97209
Phone Number: +1 503-445-3700
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Description: The Gerding Theater at the Armory is the home of Portland Center Stage...
The Gerding Theater at the Armory is the home of Portland Center Stage, the city's leading professional theater and one of the top 20 largest regional theater companies in the U.S. PCS's mission is to inspire our community by bringing stories to life in unexpected ways. Founded in 1988, PCS attracts more than 150,000 theatergoers annually with its blend of classical, contemporary and world premiere works, along with its summer playwrights festival, JAW. PCS also offers a variety of education and community programs tailored for patrons of all ages. Located in Portland's Pearl District, the Gerding Theater at the Armory houses two theaters: The U.S. Bank Main Stage and the Ellyn Bye Studio. It was the first building on the National Register of Historic Places - and the first performing arts venue - to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification.
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Wonderful Venue - large enough bit still intimate

First time to this wonderful venue - it doesn't look like much from the outside but upon entering, so warm and inviting! Exposed red brick walls , hip space offering honor system... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

First time to this wonderful venue - it doesn't look like much from the outside but upon entering, so warm and inviting! Exposed red brick walls , hip space offering honor system for water and coffee and a serviced bar for a little something more including sandwiches and candy. The actual size of the theatre was about equal to a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

We attended twist your Dickens for our annual family theater outing, and had a blast. As usual, we had dinner beforehand (see review for Mediterranean Exploration Company), and then went to the Gerding. This is the second time we've seen this show, and loved it again. Although the structure was similar from one show to the next, the improv elements... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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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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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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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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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 the Armory, 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 

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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 the Armory, 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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 the Armory, 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 the Armory, 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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 the Armory, responded to this review

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

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