Portland’s Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA) is not a single venue, but an organization that manages the activities of five performance venues in downtown Portland.
Its main facility, Antoinette Hatfield Hall (formerly the New Theatre Building), houses three venues, the Newmark Theatre, Dolores Winningstad Theatre, and Brunish Hall. Also under PCPA’s direction are two historic performance spaces, Keller Auditorium and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, both within blocks of Hatfield Hall. Running between Schnitzer and Hatfield Halls, Main Street has been transformed to unite the public spaces of both buildings; gates installed at either end of the block may be protracted to close the street off to traffic, creating a sort of public arts plaza.
PCPA programs a huge variety of performances and events at its facilities, including opera, dance, theatre, music of all genres, comedy, film screenings, lectures and more. The visual arts also play an important role in PCPA’s aesthetic vision. Three pieces of artwork (all by contemporary American artists) are integrated into the construction of Antoinette Hatfield Hall; this is thanks to the region’s ‘Percent for the Arts’ program, whereby a portion of funding for public construction is dedicated to the creation of new artwork.
Portland Center for the Perfoming Arts Information
- Other Venues: Keller Auditorium (222 SW Clay), Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (1037 SW Broadway)
- Public Transportation: Good (accessible by numerous public bus routes as well as TriMet Light Rail)
- Handicapped Accessible: Yes
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 450 events annually.
- Ticket Prices: Varies widely ($10-140) depending on event and seating choice. Student discounts available at some events.
- Group Discounts: Available for some events through the presenting organization. Contact the organization for more information regarding a particular event.
- Membership: None available through PCPA, though some resident organizations do offer subscriptions and memberships