Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway,
Portland, OR 97205

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Paramount Theatre exterior with the nearby Broadway Theatre

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Originally opened as the Portland Publix Theatre in 1928, the Italian Rococo Revival theater was built by the Chicago-based firm of Rapp & Rapp.

Renamed the Paramount not long after it opened, the Portland has retained its 60-foot sign with glows with over 6,000 lightbulbs.

The theater is now the home of the Oregon Symphony and was renamed the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in 1984. It remains a stunning testament to the work of Rapp & Rapp, renovated to the plans of ELS Architects.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures, Louise-Annette Burgess

Recent comments (view all 27 comments)

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 29, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Thanks for the info.

I agree that it is a very nice job.

TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Nice photos,every big city must have a PARAMOUNT,check out the PARAMOUNT in Nashville,Tennessee on was razed in 1979.

howardhughes on October 12, 2010 at 6:13 am

The paramount theatre building and its outstanding marquee shows us
A little reminder of the magic of broadway from the past.

howardhughes on October 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

I am so thankful that the old paramount theatre still stands to this day.
When one looks at the large one of a kind maquee and all those lights
It gives a feel of what broadway was when the paramount and its
Sister theatre’s such as the broadway theatre, the fox, and liberty theatre
To name a few lined broadway and gave a person the feeling of somthing
Magical. And when one looks at the old paramount building and its many
Lights that light up the night one truly gets a look and feel of a by gone era.

lunardolly on February 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Does anyone have any information on original Paramount theatres that are still open but perhaps had a name change such as this one? I’ve been searching for all the original’s opened under Paramount-Publix and am wondering if there are more now under a different name. Arlene Schnitzer doesn’t show up in a Paramount search and I’m not finding anything when I link terms together (ie Rapp & Rapp, Paramount, Publix,1930 era etc.) so any info on how to get at least get a list of originals would be great, thanks.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm

A few photos can be seen here and here.

Mikeyisirish on November 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm

A November 2012 photo can be seen here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 11, 2012 at 3:59 am

The Heathman Hotel, which contains the entrance to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, was designed by Portland architects James W. DeYoung and Knud A. Roald. Knud & Roald also acted as supervising architects for the construction of the Paramount Theatre. 23 photos of the interior of the Paramountare in the DeYoung and Roald Architectural Plans and Photographs collection at the University of Oregon Library at Eugene, Oregon. The collection is open to the public, but can be viewed only in the Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

rivest266 on May 2, 2014 at 12:18 am

Grand opening ads as Portland and Paramount can now be found in the photo section for this theatre.

OCRon on October 22, 2014 at 1:00 am

The renovated theatre is listed on the E L S Architects website as one of their projects.

“Recognized as one of the top performing art centers in the country, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts includes a new 900-seat theater, an experimental 450-seat black-box theater, and the conversion of the historic Portland Theatre into the 2,700-seat Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Located on two downtown blocks, a plaza connects all lobbies. In joint venture with two other architectural firms for the project, ELS was solely responsible for the adaptive reuse of the 1928 Portland Theatre into the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, the new home for the Oregon Symphony and touring Broadway shows. ELS has recently been selected to commence design of a significant expansion to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and the transformation of Main Street into a cultural and pedestrian plaza.”

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