Keller Auditorium
Keller Auditorium
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We call the Keller our ‘workhorse’ venue because it hosts such a wide range of performances. The spacious theater, built in 1917 and originally known as the Civic Auditorium, stages Broadway productions, ballet, operas, family events and much more.
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4.0 of 5 bubbles320 reviews
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reise3
1,265 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The seats were very comfortable & we had a great view of the stage, but the acoustics were terrible. One of my companions was unfamiliar with the production & she missed out on some of the dialogue & humor.
Written 16 February 2024
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mostly_happy_camper
New York City, NY246 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
So much is going for this performance center, but it is all washed away by the acoustics. Attend for a handsome venue, a delightful night out, and/or a show you simply can't miss. But be aware and be sure: you will miss up to a half of what is spoken and sung. If your hearing isn't perfect you may not understand three-quarters of the play or concert. It's a pity but a locally well-known fact.
Written 9 February 2024
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mishkamamu
Oregon37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We've been season ticket holders for Broadway plays for a few years and the we have really enjoyed it. As with many public venues, the number of women's restrooms could be improved particularly since they allow bringing food &drink into the venue. **Tip: if you want to pick up a drink/snack at the intermission, pay prior to the show & they'll have it out for you, no waiting in line!
Written 17 February 2023
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Scott S
Portland, OR22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I watched "Moulin Rouge." Awesome show, an awesome venue, and awesome staff. But they did not allow re-entry during intermission! That's right! So if I wanted to go outside, get some fresh air during intermission, or stretch my legs, I could NOT get back inside for the second half! So, instead, they kept me in the lobby area, with people talking loudly, coughing, seeing and sucking in people's air - a covid petri dish to be sure! Either stay away, or be prepared. NO RE-ENTRY
Written 7 January 2023
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Sydney T
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
I bought season tickets this year specifically to see Hamilton. The cast got the flu and 4 shows were rescheduled. They rescheduled only one show and they did it on a weekday midday. Many of us were unable to go. And those that were able had to pay more for seat changes or couldn’t get seats at all since the Keller thought it was acceptable to replace 4 full shows with only one. This is terrible and I will no longer be supporting the Keller auditorium after this abysmal customer service fiasco. If I could rate zero stars, I would. I’m incredibly disappointed.
Written 22 April 2022
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scogee1
Portland, OR1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I went to see Mean Girls on Nov 13, 2021. Sat in aisle C, row Q; very good seats. The performances and stagecraft were very good and the scene-changing video effects were especially impressive. However, the sound was a problem. Much of the dialogue and musical lyrics were lost in the loud cacophony of the chorus and orchestra. Many of the jokes fell flat as the audience could not hear or understand the dialogue. (I experienced the same problem at the Keller years ago at the show Rent.) Only when the volume level of the orchestra was low or during a quiet solo were the lines comprehensible. I don't know if this is a problem with the Keller's inherent acoustics or the sound engineers' ability to craft good balanced sound. But when you walk out of the Keller after watching a well-produced musical but knowing that you missed half of the script and most of the humor, the overall feeling is disappointment.
Written 15 November 2021
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Steve S
Fairview, OR15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Long time season ticket holder. Shows are great, but be prepared that you are going to be extremely frustrated with the support and the administration of the organization. Very difficult and it gets worse every year.
Written 27 August 2021
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Helen H
Corvallis18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
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!
Written 10 November 2019
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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!
Written 7 January 2020
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Ghutch54
Camas, WA97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
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.
Written 4 November 2019
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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!
Written 8 January 2020
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Jkl
United States70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
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.
Written 17 August 2019
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