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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.  

AURA hosts nationally known talent as well as private events in their facillity in the heart of downtown. The concert venue holds holds over 1000 attendees with a special VIP room for pre-concert gatherings or private parties, a sportsbar, and the Basement Club. 

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.

Located on Thompson's Point, Brick South's rough hewn wood and steel beams, warm brick walls, and gleaming concrete floors provide a beautiful texture on which to build your unique event, from weddings to trade shows to music festivals to photo shoots. 

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.

The Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine offers warm, modern, and welcoming spaces to accommodate gatherings and events of every size including meetings, performances, social gatherings, panel discussions, and lectures.

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. 

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

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

Merrill Auditorium is a 1,908 seat performing arts theater built in 1912 and renovated in 1997. Tenants include Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland Ovations, Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, Maine State Ballet, and Portland Ballet. The rehearsal hall is also available for rental. 

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

One Longfellow Square is a non-profit performing arts and concert venue offering a warm and intimate atmosphere that hosts live musical performances, film screenings, theater and dance productions, and community events. 

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

The Portland Ballet Studio Theater hosts local and visiting (musical) theater, dance, and music companies. The 74-seat theater has a top-notch lighting- and sound-system, with a spacious lobby that can be used for parties can receptions.

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.

The Portland Museum of Art offers multiple spaces for rent to the public, including the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium, where they hold their series PMA Films

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.

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. The State Theatre also serves as the exclusive live music promoter for Thompson's Point

Sun Tiki Studios has one large practice room and five small practice rooms to rent hourly with two more large rooms being built, plus a performance space that holds just under 100 people with a great sound system and air conditioning.

Zero Station is a multipurpose space in East Bayside that can accommodate live music, video screenings, and community & cultural events. On-site facilities include a 75 person capacity indoor/outdoor space, sound and light equipment, and projector. They also offer digital printing, mounting, framing, and lamination services.

In addition to the above performance venues, many Portland restaurants and bars offer live music on a daily, weekly, or seasonal basis, including Brian Boru, The Dogfish Bar & Grille, B.GOOD, Andy's Old Port Pub, The Thirsty Pig, Bull Feeney's, Amigos Restaurant & Bar, Rí-Rá, Lincolns, Gritty's, MJ's Wine Bar, Portland Lobster Company, and The Porthole

Looking to get see more local music? Rad Plaid is Portland’s Live Local Music Calendar supporting the local music scene with smart event suggestions based on your favorite artists. Create or Follow upcoming events, hear previews, get thoughtful updates, and more.

Another great resource for musicians in Portland is The Maine Embassy - a hub for local/regional/national music happening in Maine. They maintain a local directory of venues, artists, media, and festivals relevant to Maine artists.