The nation’s 5th largest performing arts center, the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts bring over 1,000 music, theater, dance and lecture performances to Portland each year.
Under the oversight of the Metropolitan Recreation and Exposition Commission, the Portland’5 Centers for the Arts operates five theaters in three separate City-owned buildings in downtown Portland: the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Keller Auditorium and Antoinette Hatfield Hall, which houses the Brunish, Newmark and Winningstad theatres.
Operated by Metro, Portland’5 brings over 1,000 music, theater, dance and lecture performances to Portland annually. The five venues draw over a million patrons to downtown Portland’s cultural district and generate an average of $60 million in total spending every year.
More than 12,000 students in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties get to see Portland'5 performances every year, with support from the Portland’5 Foundation.
The City and its partners continue to invest in the Portland’5 theaters, such as upgrading the iconic marquee outside the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in early 2021. Funded by Prosper Portland, this makeover introduces new digital technology – eliminating the time-consuming and hazardous process of manually changing lettering, and allowing the venue to welcome multiple events and audiences in a single day.
Cutting-edge electronic acoustic enhancements at “the Schnitz,” as the concert hall is affectionately known, ensure that all audience members experience high-quality sound – regardless of seat location or ticket price. Funded by public and private funding and donations, this transformational project was completed in fall 2021.