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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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Beautiful auditorium with a great variety of shows. Rock concerts, operas, symphony and many more events. Loved it so much when I retired I became part of the event staff.....we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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maine
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful auditorium with a great variety of shows. Rock concerts, operas, symphony and many more events. Loved it so much when I retired I became part of the event staff.....we try hard to make your experience safe and/ memorable

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Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy. Parking was easy and close to the Auditorium. There is not a bad seat in the house. The bathroom is on the first floor only.

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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, United States
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

We attended a John Mellencamp concert there. It is a very nice building. We would have liked the attendants to be a little more friendly but all in all a good experience.

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Keene, New Hampshire
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66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

What wonderful night I so the P S O Do John Williams star wars the music was great. teethe seats are very good too

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

We got tickets to two shows at the Merrill Auditorium the weekend we spent in Portland. It is a beautiful old concert and the two shows and each experience could not have been more different. Our first show was “Straight No Chaser” which was the BEST. The second was “Capital Steps” which was not the best. SNC is an a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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37 reviews
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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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