Portland Center Stage at the Armory has been ranked one of the 20 best regional theaters in America. A fixture in the community since 1988, it welcomes more than 150,000 patrons every year.
Shows range from theater to music to public and private events, with the theater making specific effort to select new and classic pieces and performers that build community and promote diversity and conversation. Examples from the 2019 lineup at Center Stage at the Armory include:
- In the Heights (by the creator of Hamilton).
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
- 9 Parts of Desire.
- Cambodian Rock Band.
Portland Center Stage is also home to festivals, such as JAW: A Playwrights Festival, as well as educational and community-engagement programs. With most shows recommended for children six years of age and older, it is a largely family-friendly venue, though parents may wish to show discretion depending upon the specific show and their preferences for their children.
Tickets for shows and events can be easily purchased online, and group rates and other discounts are regularly available. Season tickets also provide an attractive option for individuals and families who plan to attend performances regularly.
One unique ticket option that can be perfect for playgoers on a budget is Center Stage’s “Pay What You Will” feature. For the majority of its shows, Portland Center Stage offers patrons attending the first Sunday performance a chance to purchase any tickets not yet sold for as little as $1 beginning at noon the day of the show. Pay What You Will ticket availability is not guaranteed, and tickets must be purchased in person at the theater. However, visitors with the flexibility to take advantage of the program can save more than $50 per ticket!
Portland Center Stage at the Armory has its own bar, at which theatergoers can purchase drinks and light fare before and during performances. There is also a generous number of restaurants near Portland Center Stage, making it easy to make a night of a performance with friends or family.
For those who want to engage with their love of theater in a more interactive way, Center Stage offers classes for youth, teens and adults on a rotating schedule. Interested parties should check the theater’s website for the latest class schedule information.