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Merrill Auditorium

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Address: 20 Myrtle Street, Portland, ME 04101
Phone Number: +1 207-842-0800
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12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Merrill Auditorium is a 1,900-seat auditorium located in Portland, Maine,...

Merrill Auditorium is a 1,900-seat auditorium located in Portland, Maine, United States. Originally known as Portland City Hall Auditorium, it is located in the eastern section of Portland City Hall. Organizations such as Portland Ovations, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ use the auditorium as a primary performance space. PortTIX is the official box office of the Merrill Auditorium. The auditorium was built in 1911 and underwent a major rebuild and renovation in 1997. It features a large pipe organ, the Hermann Kotzschmar Memorial Organ, donated by Cyrus Curtis and built by the Austin Organ Company (Opus 323).

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Bob Marley

Great seating, lighting was good, and you could hear the comedians very well. The architecture is beautiful inside. I now get regular emails with updates of new performers to be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great seating, lighting was good, and you could hear the comedians very well. The architecture is beautiful inside. I now get regular emails with updates of new performers to be informed.

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Villanova, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

We attended this season's Magical Christmas Concert at the Merrill Auditorium. The acoustics were excellent and the sight lines great from many vantage points. The seats were comfortable. The interior has been restored and well cared for. Everyone in our group felt that the Merrill offered a great intimate setting for the concert. The best concert venue in Portland!

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Presque Isle, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

We were here to see David Sedaris and was very impressed. The venue is easily accessible, even though it's downtown and they accommodated the book signing well.

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I can't say how many hours I've enjoyed experiencing various performances in Merrill Auditorium over the years. From the symphony, opera, rock, musicals, comedy shows, and more, there's always a huge variety of stuff programmed throughout the year. It's a rather comfortable venue, though tall people should probably avoid the first rows of the balconies. There's a good amount of... More 

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Turner, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

we came to see the price is right. the place is clean with comfy seating. they offer alcohol and other beverages but at a high price.

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The acts are always great, the acoustics are very good and the seating is very comfortable and views from anywhere. It's an intimate setting too, very nice experience all around!

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Augusta, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I attend shows and concerts at Merrill Auditorium several times a year and always enjoy fantastic music and entertainment.

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Greenland, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We recently got last minute tickets to the Auditorium to view Celtic Thunder's tour there - even though they were in the balcony, the view was excellent, and I doubt there is a bad seat in the house. The acoustics are as grand as the decor, and the seating is quite comfortable. Those with walking difficulties would do well to... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I've been to dozens of shows at Merrill since moving to Portland in 1980. The building was completely restored a number of years ago. It is truly a sight to behold. The acoustics and site lines are top notch. The staff is friendly. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I have been here for major concerts as well as for kids shows, and I absolutely adore this place. The accoustics are excellent, and even the concession choices were excellent downstairs. If you have time to walk around the building, do so, talk about marvelous architecture.

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