Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway,
Portland, OR 97205

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm

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.

Mikeyisirish on November 29, 2012 at 8:03 am

A November 2012 photo can be seen here.

Tinseltoes on July 2, 2012 at 6:47 am

Portland’s downtown theatres were spotlighted on the front cover of this trade journal in June, 1948: boxofficemagazine

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

A few photos can be seen here and here.

lunardolly on February 2, 2011 at 8:11 am

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.

howardhughes on October 30, 2010 at 12:30 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.

howardhughes on October 11, 2010 at 10:13 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 21, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Here is an October 2009 photo.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 29, 2009 at 8:43 am

Thanks for the info.

I agree that it is a very nice job.

GaryParks on July 28, 2009 at 8:23 pm

The vertical sign is a reproduction, dating to 1982, according to the new book by Gary Lacher, Theatres of Portland. It is really stunning, particularly at night. The original said PORTLAND, was later relettered PARAMOUNT, and the replica was created to look like the sign as originally lettered.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Is that the original vertical sign or a reproduction?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 28, 2009 at 6:59 pm

This is another nice 2009 photo.

chspringer on June 19, 2009 at 10:01 am

Thanks for the photos.

lhl12 on April 19, 2009 at 12:41 am

This is the longest of long-shots. As you can see from the post by Ron3853 above, on 09/17/69 a movie called DEADLY SWEET opened at the Paramount. I am doing research on this obscure movie, and am hoping against hope to find someone who saw it at the Paramount. If you saw it, or if you know someone who did, or if you could trace down someone who did, I would really like to hear from you. You may read my essay on the movie at
Many thanks!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 16, 2009 at 4:33 pm

The date given for this photo is March 24, 1982.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 19, 2008 at 5:13 pm

A November 2008 photo is here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 24, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Here is a March 1966 ticket to see Bob Dylan at the Paramount. No refunds.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 24, 2008 at 10:53 am

This photo of the Portland Theater might be one of the two links (now expired) that Ken MC posted on Jan 9, 2006.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 20, 2008 at 12:05 pm

This is a 2008 close-up view of the marquee.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 5, 2007 at 3:08 pm

Another recent photo of the Portland Theater can be seen here.

ticktock11 on August 2, 2007 at 7:48 pm

Warren, yes. You are surely correct. The beige went on when the city took the place over in the mid 80s. I worked at The Oregonian a block up Broadway. I last saw the theatre in 1988. I’m sure they’ve gone in by now with even more beige to touch up the wear and tear.

I have a few dim memories of the place before they subdued it. Its colors were just raucous in places, and in all ways different from what exists today (except for the stonework). I hope to hell that someone made a good color inventory, and took pictures, before they powered up the spray guns. It deserved at least that much respect.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 2, 2007 at 6:18 am

Unfortunately, Monica, the interior already looked like that when I last visited the theatre in 1987, so more layers of beige paint have probably been applied in the twenty years since.

ticktock11 on August 1, 2007 at 3:56 pm

It’s wonderful that it was saved. I believe it’s the last remaining movie palace left in Portland, which once had its fair share of them.

Unfortunately, the exuberant colorful decoration indicated in the BW shots linked above (shoeshoe14, Aug. 23, 2005) has been brought to its knees by hundreds of gallons of beige paint. This paint could be scraped off some day, and I hope it is. But for now the place is a monument to misguided “good taste.”