Event and ticket information
For information on upcoming events, purchasing tickets and planning your trip to Keller Auditorium, visit Portland'5 Centers for the Arts.
Keller Auditorium Background
Since the completion of construction in 1917, Portlanders have packed the Keller Auditorium to see shows, operas, ballets and civic events.
Owned by the City of Portland and operated by Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, Keller Auditorium, often simply called, "the Keller," is one of many popular spectator and performing arts venues overseen by the City of Portland's Spectator Venues Program.
The Keller plays an essential role in Portland’s arts community, providing the only local space for large-scale performances such as Broadway productions, ballet, operas and more. Keller Auditorium generates half the revenue for Metro’s Portland’5 theaters and helps make smaller, local productions feasible, affordable and accessible.
The Spectator Venues Program oversees the City of Portland's interests in several City-owned venues including the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Providence Park, as well as three separate theater buildings in downtown Portland: the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Keller Auditorium and Antoinette Hatfield Hall, which houses the Brunish, Newmark and Winningstad theatres.
Future of Keller Auditorium
The City and its partners continue to plan for future investments in the Portland’5 theaters, and at Keller they are collaborating to ensure safety standards are met and that large-scale productions can continue long into the future.
Like most older civic buildings, the Keller was not built to withstand a major earthquake. A 2020 seismic report provides a preliminary analysis of renovations needed to meet modern safety standards. Guest amenities, backstage facilities, and mechanical and production systems are also outdated, creating a competitive disadvantage.
Renovating the Keller, replacing the facility in its current location, or building an entirely new venue are all options that would require significant time, investment and collaboration.
A privately led effort to propose a Keller Auditorium renovation design was completed in 2023. In tandem, the exploration of potential sites for a new large-scale performing arts facility is also currently underway. A request for expression of interest from property-owners across Portland resulted in the selection of Lloyd Center and Portland State University as the two sites being explored to potentially host a new build in the future.
A look at three possibilities
New facility | Lloyd Center
Lloyd Center will refine their proposal for a new performing arts venue in early 2024. City staff will work with proposal teams on further analysis, design and conceptual development. The final concept will be presented to Portland City Council in spring 2024.
New facility | Portland State University
Portland State University will refine their proposal for a new performing arts venue in early 2024. City staff will work with proposal teams on further analysis, design and conceptual development. The final concept will be presented to Portland City Council in spring 2024.
Renovate existing facility | Keller Auditorium
A Keller Auditorium renovation study, developed by Halprin Landscape Conservancy, was presented to Portland City Council in September 2023 and to Metro Council in February 2024. The renovation concept, funded in part by the City of Portland and Metro, incorporates safety, accessibility and functionality upgrades at Keller Auditorium.
After all three concepts have been finalized, opportunities for public and stakeholder feedback will be made available--and City and regional leaders will have a range of considerations as they look ahead at the future of Keller and premier performing arts in Portland.