Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
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As one of the last surviving theater venues on Broadway, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall keeps the tradition of hosting prolific performances alive in this historic part of Portland. The building that now houses what locals lovingly call “The Schnitz” was originally the Portland Public Theatre, built in 1928, and later renamed the Paramount Theatre. The Italian Rococo Revival architecture was said to be the national showcase of renowned Chicago theatre architects Rapp & Rapp, and has been beautifully restored through a generous donation from Portlanders Arlene and Harold Schnitzer. The Concert Hall plays host to a variety of presentations including classical, comedy, jazz, pop, rock, folk and gospel music, dance, theatre, travel films, and much more.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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David M
Portland, OR344 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Musically, the Oregon Symphony is excellent, and the performance we saw was entirely admirable. That is, once we were seated. Ushers were polite, kind, and efficient; on-site service was pleasant and friendly. After-market interaction was not at all helpful.

My wife and I are seniors. We do fine as we get around, but we both need to use handrails as we negotiate stairs. Our seats were in the balcony where, it turns out, there are NO HANDRAILS! Even after a major renovation a few years ago, they couldn't figure out how to put in handrails. Or to include that information in their ticket sales information. Getting to our seats was difficult and somewhat frightening. Getting to the exits was only slightly better. In between, we enjoyed the concert.

We learned, when we asked the next day, that the only choice we had, would be to switch from our seats upstairs to unacceptable (very poor acoustic placement) seats downstairs. Not much sense of interest in or feeling for our problem. Just "Take it or leave it." We've left it.

The Schnitzer is a grand old concert hall in many ways, but the renovation sadly omitted a part of the history they might miss: some of the folks that used to buy tickets.

Written April 16, 2022
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Hawthorne P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
Saw The Jinkx and Dela Holiday Show and had a great time. We needed accessibility help and the theater was easy to access, had elevators, plus provided complimentary wheelchairs. The staff was helpful, knowledgeable, and courteous. It was a great night out!
Written January 12, 2023
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Dlbos
Boston, MA106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
This venue is in downtown Portland and maintains its old and classic charm. Went to a concert here on 9/25/18. Some light snacks and drinks available. They will let you take drinks inside but not food which seems on par with other similar establishments. Service was friendly. The older plush seats are best for theatre shows rather than concerts where people are going in and out as they are a bit difficult to get in and out of multiple times but otherwise very comfortable. Everyone stood for most of the night anyway.
Written September 29, 2018
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BirgM
Portland, OR141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016
The concert hall is very nice and there are tours to visit it without a concert on Saturdays mornings.
The main group who plays in this hall is the Oregon Symphony with a variety of programs. The sound quality is average and definitely better in the upper parts of the balcony. Dress circle is good but pricey and for some reason the air seems to blow on those seats and it feels cold at times.
Watch out not to get a seat under the balcony on the first level. It really takes away from the sound.
Written November 26, 2016
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bedandbreakfaster
Salem10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I love going to Schnitz. It's an older building but that adds to it's charm. The seating is such that one has no problem seeing the stage. The acoustics are good so that you get the most out of the sounds on the stage.
Written January 6, 2020
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Thank you very much for your review of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall! We are so glad that you've enjoyed coming to our theatre. Please visit our website, portland5.com for tickets and information on upcoming performances in all five of our venues!
Written January 7, 2020
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PDXmorgan
Portland, OR7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This is such a delightful place to see a show, because the venue itself is a pleasure to experience. It's classy and lovely, and attending performances with young family members becomes easier and more fun when there's so much to look at while waiting. On the other hand, the seats are a bit narrow and there are often a lot of stairs to climb, so it's been challenging at times with my older parents. The location is fantastic; street parking can be a challenge but there are multiple parking garages within a few blocks and one right across the street. Definitely a must-visit for Portlanders and, for visitors, a great photo opportunity with the iconic "Portland" sign on the marquee.
Written July 4, 2019
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fredl642
Vancouver35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016
We have been to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall a number of times and have never been disappointed in any performance. The acoustics are outstanding. There is one drawback as far as we are concerned and that is as you enter the auditorium on the main floor you are confronted with a very steep aisle. If you have a balance problem, as my wife and I have, you could find yourself on the floor the hard way. We do not let this drawback stop us from attending different performances. The up side is that the interior takes you back in time. There is not a bad seat in the house, there are no posts to get in your way. You only hope some lady with an oversized hat does not sit in front of you. GO, ATTEND and ENJOY the show.
Written April 10, 2017
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Steven J
Portland, OR160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
Ok, the tickets were free; a friend got me in to hear the symphony last week. We sat in the top row of the lower balcony which is just one aisle down from the bottom row of the upper balcony. I've had orchestra seats here before, so i can now say from experience, not a bad seat in the house.
Written December 7, 2016
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Sugarsgirl
Portland, OR65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016
The Schnitz is basically a repurposed, slightly remodeled auditorium - but architecturally and visually interesting and a comfortable place for culture and entertainment. [Take the free tour offered on weekdays and Saturdays for the history and specifics. The next door Center for the Performing Arts is included]. The main lobby is three stories tall with chandeliers and lots of light. The Park Block entrance is not as stately, but still has some grandeur.

Home of the Oregon Symphony, the Schnitz is an usual site for other concerts, lectures, comedians, The Moth, etc. Arena type concerts are going to be at the MODA Center [basketball arena] for crowds in the thousands. The Schnitz is for audiences no larger than 2,000 or so. There is usually a bar open on the main level, sometimes on the first balcony level.

The legroom varies by section. The first row of the balconies & mezzanine are tighter than the second rows. Sitting under the overhang on the orchestra level can dampen the sound, especially for acoustic music - but not so much with amplified. The orchestra sections on the sides are wedges and I think the sight lines aren't the best. There is not too much room if you are wanting to dance in the aisles. Bathrooms are in the basement and on the first balcony level BUT you can walk across Main Street to the Center for the Performing Arts and use their bathrooms during intermissions, usually.

The balcony seats, on the other hand, have great sound, pretty good legroom and you can see everything for usually a lower price. But beware - if there is projection on a screen set behind curtain line, you will miss the top third or so if you are sitting in the second balcony.

Parking in downtown Portland is easier than most major cities [no matter how much the locals complain]. During the daytime and before 7:00 pm, you pay for street parking. If the weather is very wet and cold, finding parking will take a little longer to find.
Written October 17, 2016
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Linda D
Portland, OR35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016
I have seen many performances at the "Schnitz" and find that the acoustics are fantastic and it is also a very beautiful venue. It is right downtown, walking distance to many restaurants. A parking structure is within the block.
Written October 17, 2016
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