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Performance Venues

The Apohadion Theater in Portland's West Bayside neighborhood hosts music, comedy, and theater performances, plus films and art exhibitions.  

Besides a 12-lane bowling alley, Bayside Bowl features Bayside Stage, with local and national bands and DJs playing most weekends and special annual events.

Blue presents an array of live music, including jazz, celtic, Middle Eastern, blues, bluegrass, old time, and folk, and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at the Blue.

Empire is a 250-person capacity club located upstairs from Empire Chinese Kitchen that presents a range of happenings from live music to private functions, film, and regularly scheduled events.

Geno's is a small, no-frills rock club and bar that books independent local, east coast, and national bands.

Last Church on the Left was built in 1914 by scandinavian immigrants and is now the home and studio of local photographer Jay York, who hosts living room-style concerts. 

The Maine Charitable Mechanics Hall is a Portland landmark, historic, multi-use building with a performance hall (occupancy: 160) and studios for rent with elevator access in the heart of Portland's Arts District on Congress Street.

Mayo Street Arts is a nonprofit gallery, music venue, and performance space that also hosts artist studios.

The Nickelodeon is a six-screen movie theater located in the heart of the Old Port.

One Longfellow Square features live musical performances, film screenings, theater and dance productions, and community events.

PMA Movies offers an arthouse alternative to the multiplex with some of the best foreign, classic, and independent films available at the Portland Museum of Art.

Port City Music Hall is the frequent host of well-known and lesser-known, I-saw-them-when musical acts.

Portland Ballet houses a ballet school and a professional dance company, performing both classical and contemporary works.

Portland House of Music + Events is a 300 person downtown venue that hosts performing groups of all genres and can be booked for private events including wedding receptions, work party events, meetups, dances, corporate events and more.

Portland Ovations hosts a variety of performances including classical, jazz, opera, dance, theater, and Broadway at Merrill Auditorium.

Portland Public Library's Main Library on Monument Square has spaces for adult popular reading, technology services, cultural center activities (Lewis Gallery, Rines Auditorium, and meeting rooms available to rent), along with the new Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library and S. Donald Sussman Teen Library. 

Portland Stage is a top-notch professional theater company that produces a range of programming, from its Mainstage season of seven shows to new, experimental theater productions in the 70-seat Studio Theater.

Portland Symphony Orchestra, at Merrill Auditorium, is the largest performing arts organization in Maine, and is regarded as one of the top symphony orchestras of its size in the country.

SPACE Gallery is a nonprofit contemporary arts venue and gallery featuring visual arts, live music and performance, lectures, films, and more.

St. Lawrence Arts Center is a nonprofit community arts space featuring theater, dance, music, film, and workshops.

The State Theatre is a 1,680-seat performing arts venue in downtown Portland. The historic Art Deco theater building is the setting for a variety of nationally known acts and occasional local events.