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Portland Center Stage at The Armory

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Address: 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland Center Stage, Portland, OR 97209-4160 (Formerly The Gerding Theater at the Armory)
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+1 503-445-3700
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 20:00
Sat 12:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Gerding Theater at the Armory is the home of Portland Center Stage, the...

The Gerding Theater at the Armory is the home of Portland Center Stage, the city's leading professional theater and one of the top 20 largest regional theater companies in the U.S. PCS's mission is to inspire our community by bringing stories to life in unexpected ways. Founded in 1988, PCS attracts more than 150,000 theatergoers annually with its blend of classical, contemporary and world premiere works, along with its summer playwrights festival, JAW. PCS also offers a variety of education and community programs tailored for patrons of all ages. Located in Portland's Pearl District, the Gerding Theater at the Armory houses two theaters: The U.S. Bank Main Stage and the Ellyn Bye Studio. It was the first building on the National Register of Historic Places - and the first performing arts venue - to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification.

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Consistent great theater in historical site.

We attend shows at the Gerding at least 3-4 times a year. Productions are generally high quality for performance, staging, directing and choice of offerings. There is a main... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attend shows at the Gerding at least 3-4 times a year. Productions are generally high quality for performance, staging, directing and choice of offerings. There is a main theater with reserved seating and a smaller venue downstairs which has different seating arrangements based on the production and is intimate.

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PCS_Armory, Public Relations Manager at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking time to review our theater, and for coming to see so many of our productions! We really appreciate your support. More 

Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

The old armory is a wonderful building, and a perfect place for theater. I had season tickets, and then decided to volunteer to usher, because I love being there. It's a non-profit, but there is nothing second rate about it. There are two venues - the main stage and a small intimate theater downstairs. In the years that I have... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

A great old theater that has been painstakingly restored and maintained to like it did decades ago. Eclectic mix of shows, plays, and performance art, the inside is a marvel to look at.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Historical buildings that are also LEED green building certified always intrigue me, and this beautiful theatre didn't disappoint one bit. And the performance of Astoria Part One, adapted and directed brilliantly by artistic director Chris Coleman from Peter Stark's must-read book, was fabulous! Can't wait for part two.

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PCS_Armory, Manager at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, responded to this review

We're so glad you could join us for Astoria: Part One at The Armory. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate it, and look forward to seeing you again! More 

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Reviewed 3 February 2017

We recently saw Astoria, Part 1, at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. We had to drive an hour and a half, so we got there early. A warm atmosphere and gracious staff greeted us, and we soon had a wonderful bowl of curry soup to warm up with. The armory has been turned into a fantastic place for plays,... More 

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PCS_Armory, Manager at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, responded to this review

We're so glad you could join us for Astoria: Part One at The Armory. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're happy to hear you enjoyed the curry at The Armory Cafe. Thank you for driving 1.5 hours to visit us. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

The Armory is one of my favorite places for watching theater- I really don't think there is a bad seat in the house and the performances are always solid. Plus you have to love the architecture of the building and lobby's interior which always has something fabulous going on upstairs and down.

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PCS_Armory, Manager at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate it, and look forward to seeing you again! More 

Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 November 2016

I have been attending PCS shows at the Gerding Theatre for several years. We attended the new show "Oregon Trail" last evening after having dinner at Henry's. The theatre is a sperb venue - a small theatre downstairs and a larger on on the main floor. Both are excellent.

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

I've been very pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the shows are at this sweet theater!! The sets and the acting are always great, and the acoustics of the theater are good too!! The tickets are always affordable.

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

We are always looking for fun plays/musicals to see around PDX, and unfortunately it is rather difficult to catch some good ones without paying a lot of money on a ticket. We've seen a preview of "Little shop of horrors" and had great fun watching it. Seats are very comfortable and given the fact that the Theatre is situated in... More 

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Reviewed 16 June 2016

Having just returned from a week of Broadway shows, I saw the sign for a Streetcar Named Desire while visiting Portland. All that I can say is WOW! I had not expected such a professional company of actors and such a high caliber of theatre on this first time visit to Portland. A standing ovation, from my group to Portland,... More 

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PCS_Armory, Public Relations Manager at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! We are so delighted that you had such a great experience at our theater while you were in Portland. More 

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