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Review of Merrill Auditorium

Merrill Auditorium
Ranked #41 of 151 things to do in Portland
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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).
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Scarborough, Maine
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“great shows”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

There are many great shows , but I always hesitate to go because I am tall . Will it be worth the pain & discomfort of the skimpy seating ? Maybe not ! Sort of like air travel .

Visited December 2012
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Portland, Maine
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best Venue in Maine”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

No bad seat in the house! Beautiful, elegant venue. So much better than Boston Opera House! We went to BOH for Boston Sympony at Christmas. I think Portland's symphony is better and the venue is certainly WAY better

Visited February 2013
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Portland, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“many, many visits”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

it is beautifully restored, offers a wonderful variety of entertainment. great sound and not a bad seat in the house.

Visited April 2013
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Portland, ME
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Wonderful venue with great accoustics”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

This auditorium was upgraded some ten or fifteen years, ago. Every seat allows great viewing and perfect sound quality. The Portland Ballet Company and The Choral Arts Society just put on The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace. The choreography, by Nell Shipman, dancing, and music were superb. The audience could not stay in their seats at the end of this moving and beautiful performance. I've seen other performances at the Merrill: Ira Glass, La Boheme, Lucinda Williams, Cirque de Soleil. If you are in Portland, check out The Merrill's offerings. You'll be glad you did.

Visited April 2013
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Cape Coral, Florida
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75 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A worthy opponent to Boston's offerings”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

The Portland Symphony Orchestra;, conducted by Robert Moody, presented a masterful interpretation of an eclectic selection -- Elgar, Barbar & Hovhaness. Excellent acoustics; enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience; clean, spare design. My only disappointment was the lack of interaction with the audience - he conducted but didn't connect. Very disciplined orchestra and Martin Perry's performance of Barbar's Concerto (with a lovely dedication) won me over entirely. Multiple encores said it all! There are many performances lined up for the spring which will delight families and well as traditional music lovers. Give it a try!

Visited April 2013
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