Keller Auditorium

For more than a century, Keller Auditorium has played an essential role in Portland’s arts community. The Keller is owned by the City of Portland and operated by Portland'5 Centers for the Arts. It is home to the Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre and also regularly hosts Broadway productions.
Exterior shot of Keller Auditorium
Keller Auditorium, courtesy Jason Quigley

For information on upcoming events, purchasing tickets and planning your trip to Keller Auditorium, visit the Keller Auditorium official site

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 and 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 investments

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 Guest amenities, backstage facilities, and mechanical and production systems are also outdated, creating a competitive disadvantage. 

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