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Keller Auditorium

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222 SW Clay St Corner of SW 3rd Ave. & Clay, Portland, OR 97201
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Helen H wrote a review Nov 2019
Corvallis21 contributions2 helpful votes
Great venue but the seats are uncomfortable! Especially for sitting quietly for 2.5 hours or more. Saw Miss Siagon and the sound was difficult to follow along with the singing, and not even going to discuss accessing a bathroom during intermission, sheesh!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Responded Jan 7, 2020
Thank you for reviewing the Keller Auditorium, Helen. Please feel free to email us at info@portland5.com with more information about your experience at the Keller so that we can look into this further and pass feedback along to the appropriate people. We would like to make sure that your future experiences are much better!
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Ghutch54 wrote a review Nov 2019
Camas, Washington107 contributions38 helpful votes
I've been to the Keller Auditorium many times, this time for Madame Butterfly, and, as ever, the performance was outstanding. I've been to the Met, too, and the cast in Madame Butterfly could easily sing at the Met - they were that good. Unfortunately, and for reasons I just don't understand, this wonderful venue spends next to nothing on food and drink. Why? Every ballpark in America makes money hand over fist with concessions while the Keller offers cookies, pretzels, et al instead of delectable finger foods that they could charge mightily for and sell out. The same can be said for their drink offerings. I'm not suggesting they open a fully stocked bar, but red, white or water leaves everything to be desired. Still, you go there for the performances and they never disappoint, so eat before or after and enjoy the performances. Someday they'll wise up and stop missing out on all the money they are leaving in patron pockets.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from portland5marketing, Guest Relations Manager at Keller Auditorium
Responded Jan 8, 2020
Thank you for your review of the Keller Auditorium! We are so thrilled that you enjoyed Portland Opera's Madama Butterfly with us! We do have various concessions available throughout the Keller, and our Keller Cafe is open 90 minutes prior to evening performances of the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera and Broadway in Portland. You can see the current menus on our website. We offer a full bar at our Martini Bar, also located inside the Keller Auditorium. We hope that you'll join us for another performance soon! You can make reservations for the Keller Cafe by calling 503.432.2908 or online at our website. Thank you!
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Jkl wrote a review Aug 2019
20 contributions4 helpful votes
Well, Wicked was absolutely fantastic, I had wanted to see that for a while. Sat center close to stage and it was worth the price, but the row in front sat unoccupied throughout performance so it was better than usual. Really got to enjoy the appearance and expressions of the performers. This venue is a little dated and as others point out the lobby is a little crowded (but not impossible). Acoustics were great from that seat. Did not try cafe and with the time between opening and performance I'm not sure I would, but the price and menu looked good.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Steve K wrote a review Jul 2019
Hillsboro, Oregon245 contributions86 helpful votes
My wife and I have been to the Keller many times over the years and have never been disappointed with the theatre, the shows, the staff: everything was great. Except tonight, the last night of WIcked, we went to the Keller Cafe. For $25 a person, we got cold vegies, dried out chicken, really salty ham, stale rolls and lettuce and tomatoes for a salad. We had reservations for 5 pm. so you would expect the food to be warm and fresh and not dried out. Nope. I don't know who the Keller got to cater this disaster, but they should fire them. I highly recommend the theatre, but avoid the Keller Cafe like the plague.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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wyowy wrote a review Jul 2019
Vancouver, Washington188 contributions12 helpful votes
I recently paid my first visit to the Keller Auditorium for a matinee showing of Wicked. (Wicked was great, by the way.) Here are my observations as a senior walking with a cane: As mentioned in another review, the lobby is fairly small and can get very crowded as people wait for seating to open. Lobby opens one hour before the performance; seating opens 30 mins. before curtain. Ladies restroom on the main level is fairly small, but the lines seem to move quickly. There are two handicapped stalls. There is another one on the upper level which is apparently not usually as crowded. I sat in the orchestra section (main floor). I was surprised to see how steep the aisle down to the seats was (it flattens out about halfway down). The ushers are unable to physically assist you down due to liability reasons, but one walked backward in front of me just in case I started to fall. Going slow I made it just fine. Coming out at the end was climbing a hill! And thank you to the several people who offered to assist me! I had asked in the forum about the level of the a/c since sometimes it can be frigid in theatres like this. It was a hot day - upper 80's - but I took a sweater just in case. I didn't use it, temp was fine for me; but the girl next to me in a sleeveless top and shorts may have been a little cold. Some people have remarked on the sound quality. I had no problems with the speaking/singing parts as they were all individually miked. However, when the ensemble sang, it was difficult for me to understand the words. Not exactly sure why. Clothing was universally casual. Might be a little more formal at nights, but not really an issue. There are at least three parking garages within a block or two. I found a nice handicapped spot in the garage on 3rd St. just half a block from the Keller. Saturday rates - $6.00 for all day, pay iin advance. This is not exactly a reviewable feature, but part of what made the day so pleasant was that everyone was nice and helpful! From the parking lot attendant to the Keller employees to my fellow attendees. And I am happy to say no cell phones going off, no flashes popping, nobody talking during the performance. A polite audience makes a big difference.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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