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A theater that has been an inseparable part of the city since the early 1900s, the Star Theater has transformed through the ages, yet preserving its key essence of being a place that provides entertainment and culture to the city's residents. From opening as a silent movie house in 1911, to becoming a live burlesque theater in the 1940s, to transforming into an adult entertainment theater in the 1960s to 1970s, and briefly housing a few nightclubs in the decades that followed, the Star Theater has always been a place of entertainment. By 2011, the theater again had gone several modifications and changes to be opened as a live performance venue, thus continuing the theater's historic existence.
Catholic Archbishop Blanchet originally lived in this house, which was built in 1879. The Gothic Revival-style building had divine beginnings but through the years it was also the location of a speakeasy, architectural studio, a sign company and is currently the home for the Al-Amir Lebanese Restaurant. This ornate structure has been well preserved and boasts eight arched windows framed with elaborately carved moldings. The light brown exterior and red trim blend in well with the other historic buildings in this part of downtown area and is a sound example of Portland's historic past.
p:ear is the collaborative effort of Justin Oswald, Beth Burns, Joy Cartier and Pippa Arend. Founded in 2002, it stands for project: education, art, recreation. It is a kind of community center for the youth between the ages of 15 to 24, who are homeless or are in an unstable environment. This facility aims to foster a conclusive relationship with them through various educational and mentoring activities that are creative. The safe and positive setting of this center helps these kids to forge strong relationships and bring a stability in their lives. From training, clothing to physical welfare and education, their needs are met by this institution. They also offer arts, music, recreational and other programs where these individuals can hone their skills. p:ear’s also hosts art exhibitions and live performances regularly. It is available on rent as well for events.
p:ear Gallery showcases the artworks of the young talented artists in p:ear's youth rehabilitation program. It also highlights works of gifted local artists as well. Open only on the first Thursday of every month, this gallery offers a platform to these young talents. They also get to earn from a sale of their work. Drop in to check their exhibits and buy an artwork to help a good cause.
Burnside Skate Park was originally built by skateboarders looking for a place to practice their sport and was then approved by the city council as a designated skate park. Today, you will see a lot of youngsters there at all times of day and night, performing some daredevil stunts in the slopes of the structure. The place also has some artwork and spray-painted murals on the walls, giving it a prohibited and rebel like feel. Go with your skateboard or just borrow one from the friendly locals.