Antoinette Hatfield Hall is home to the Newmark, Brunish and Winningstad Theatres. It sits next to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Southwest Broadway, and it also houses the Portland’5 box office that serves all five of the city-owned theaters in downtown — Keller Auditorium, Schnitzer Concert Hall, and the three theaters in Hatfield Hall. It is named in honor of arts patron Antoinette Hatfield, wife of former U.S. Senator and Oregon governor Mark Hatfield.
History of Antoinette Hatfield Hall
Antoinette Hatfield Hall was part of the city’s investment in the arts in the 1980s, along with the renovation of Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. It opened in 1987 to serve mid-sized Portland performing arts groups and more intimate fare from larger groups. Designed by a local architecture firm, it features some of the more innovative combinations of public art and architecture in the city.
Theaters in Antoinette Hatfield Hall
The Newmark Theatre is a mid-sized theater, seating around 900 in an orchestra section and two balconies. The sightlines are excellent throughout the theater, the stage is large enough for most musicals and plays, its stage technology is excellent and acoustics are accurate. These qualities have made it very popular among local presenters and arts organizations.
Built after the model of the Elizabethan courtyard theater, the Winningstad Theatre is a smaller theater — in most configurations it seats around 300 or so — and very versatile.
The Brunish Theatre is a small, black-box theater with a capacity around 200. More informal, it is often used for meetings, dinners, conferences and performances.
Resident Companies of Antoinette Hatfield Hall
Oregon Children’s Theatre
Founded in 1990, Oregon Children’s Theatre has become one of the country’s leading theater companies for child-appropriate fare. It adapts popular children’s literature titles and commissions its own work, all with the highest standards in set design and acting. It also understands how important it is to deliver high-energy, high-quality theater to the next generation of potential theater fans. Shows tend to be a little more than an hour in length, and the company is careful to publicize the age range best for each play. It serves more than 120,000 kids each year.
Begun as a musical theater company in 2005, Stumptown Stages regularly wins local awards for its productions. Recent shows have included “Grease,” “The Wiz” and “Carrie, the Musical,” so the focus is often unabashedly on fun at the theater.
Other Events at Hatfield Hall
Many other companies use the Hall (especially the Newmark Theatre), including Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera and White Bird dance presenter. Concerts by touring music groups and comedy shows are common, and almost anything can pop up: illusionists, avant-garde performance artists, circus acts and lectures of all sorts.
Every summer, the theater sponsors Music on Main, a weekly series of free concerts featuring a wide range of styles and performances. Running from 5–7 p.m. on Wednesdays in July and August, the informal concerts are held outdoors between Schnitzer and Hatfield halls.
Portland has a well-established network of venues and theater companies and an increasingly dynamic and diverse small theater scene.
Portland dance has an inventive spirit that welcomes collaborations and often spills beyond the generally accepted boundaries of “dance.”
Portland's opera, symphony and other companies offer an ongoing lineup of inspiring performances, from timeless works to modern interpretations.
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