Theatre Revivial in Portland // (c) 2010 Portland State University
The downtown Portland cultural district has gained another premier performance space with the debut of the renovated Lincoln Hall at Portland State University (PSU).
The 465-seat venue will host national and regional dance, theater and music companies, such as White Bird’s Uncaged dance series, Friends of Chamber Music and NW Dance Project. PSU’s own symphony and theater programs will perform in the space, and its world-renowned opera program will present Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene” in spring 2011.
Now 99 years old, Lincoln Hall had a storied past as a high school before becoming the cornerstone of Oregon’s largest university when PSU moved downtown in 1953. The just-completed $30 million renovation, designed for LEED Platinum certification, restores the original ground-floor-to-rooftop daylighting and adds two performance spaces: a recital hall seating 220 people and a studio with a capacity of 80. The renovation also gives Lincoln Hall the largest orchestra pit in Portland.
Lincoln Hall’s entrance has historically faced the South Park Blocks. With the renovation, the building opens its doors for the first time to Southwest Broadway, where it joins the Newmark and Winningstad theatres and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in providing the city with live performances.
The thriving cultural district, accessible by both streetcar and MAX light rail, offers such pre- and post-performance dining options as the Northwest cuisine of Higgins and innovative Italian fare at Nel Centro.