Keller Auditorium

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Keller Auditorium
Portland Municipal Auditorium, Portland Public Auditorium, Portland Civic Auditorium
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Front of Keller Auditorium
Address 222 SW Clay Avenue
Portland, Oregon
United States
Coordinates 45°30′45″N 122°40′43″W / 45.512583°N 122.678565°W / 45.512583; -122.678565Coordinates: 45°30′45″N 122°40′43″W / 45.512583°N 122.678565°W / 45.512583; -122.678565
Owner Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Type performing arts center
Capacity 2,992
Opened 1917

Keller Auditorium, formerly known as the Portland Municipal Auditorium, the Portland Public Auditorium, and the Portland Civic Auditorium, is a performing arts center located on Clay Street in Portland, Oregon, United States. It is part of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Opened in 1917, the venue first changed names in 1966, being renamed again in 2000 in honor of a $1.5 million renovation donation by Richard B. Keller.[1][2]

Originally holding 4,500 people, the venue now has a capacity of 2,992.[2]

The Keller Auditorium is the home of many performances of the Portland Opera and the Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Notable events[edit]

President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered a campaign speech on October 18, 1956 at the auditorium.[3] Then-Senator John F. Kennedy spoke at the auditorium on September 7, 1960.[4] Led Zeppelin performed at the auditorium on December 29, 1968 during their first north american concert tour.


In June 1970, Ada Louise Huxtable called the redesigned auditorium "a building of unrelieved blandness".[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PCPA History". Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Venue information and background". Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  3. ^ "256 - Address at the Civic Auditorium in Portland, Oregon.". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  4. ^ "Excerpts from a Speech Delivered by Senator John F. Kennedy, Civic Auditorium, Portland, OR". Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  5. ^ Huxtable, Ada Louise (1970-06-21). "Coast Fountain Melds Art and Environment". New York Times. p. 53. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 

External links[edit]

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