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Best Historic Venues in Portland

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Crystal Ballroom

Great entertainers such as Marvin Gaye, James Brown and the Grateful Dead have performed in this historic ballroom that is now owned by the McMenamin brothers. One thousand patrons can fit into the ballroom and it can be reserved for private events as well. Three on-site bars—including a popular nightclub, Ringlers - will satiate your hunger and thirst. It is worth a visit just to behold the local landmark's ornate chandeliers, picturesque windows and 7500-square -foot (696.7728 square meters) dance floor that floats on ball-bearings.

Portland, OR, United States
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Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Built in 1927, the "Schnitz," as its known to locals, is a Portland treasure. Part of Portland'5 Centers for the Arts and home to the Oregon Symphony, it was overhauled in the 1980s and now provides a multitude of amenities. The concert hall seats 2,776 people with an upper and lower balcony for special views. Visit the concession stand for sandwiches, drinks and a selection of beer or wine. Located off the lobby is a gift shop offering a wide selection of Oregon Symphony merchandise that includes recordings.

Portland, OR, United States
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Keller Auditorium

Formerly known as the Civic Auditorium, the Keller Auditorium is the place to enjoy first-class theater and music. It is a member of the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts and hosts a variety of cultural events throughout the year. Band lovers can listen to the smooth sounds of talented musicians like the Boston Brass; theater fans can enjoy timeless plays like Macbeth, one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies; and classical musical lovers can listen to the talented Oregon Symphony perform masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and others.

Portland, OR, United States
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Aladdin Theater

Previously known as the Geller Theater, Aladdin Theater was reborn as an exciting venue for a variety of top-name entertainers. Though most of the acts are musicians in pop, new country, ethnic, blues and folk music, you will also find the occasional comedy act. This fun and intimate venue rocks plenty, but it does not forget to offer roomy, theater-style seating. Order pizza when your hunger calls. It is perfect with the wine and microbrews served alongside the entertainment.

Portland, OR, United States
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