A landmark on Portland’s east side for more than a century, the redbrick-walled Washington High School sat vacant for three decades. But now, a massive overhaul has restored the school’s status as a class act: The venerable institution has been transformed into one of the city’s top destinations for live entertainment.
At the heart of the remodel is Revolution Hall, an 830-seat venue set inside the high school’s original auditorium. Vintage character abounds, with a full wraparound balcony and wooden chairs providing a great setting for an amped-up sound system — and top-notch performers.
Booked by the duo behind favorite eastside venues Mississippi Studios and the Aladdin Theater, Rev Hall opened in 2015 with performances from Neko Case and the von Trapps. Since then, it’s provided a steady lineup of local and touring indie rock, folk and pop acts.
The hall’s offerings extend to stand-up comedy, film festivals, and lectures, and it’s also the home of the Low Bar Chorale, a drop-in choir that lets attendees sing along with a live band twice a month. Yet another reason to consider heading back to school — at least for the night — in Portland.
Revolution Hall Study Guide
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Does Revolution Hall have a bar?
Marthas at ground level of the hall is part bar, part cafe with an outdoor patio for those sunny days and long summer evenings.
show bar is another ground level restaurant, with a full menu and a small event stage.
Assembly Lounge is upstairs, open before and after events at Revolution Hall with a full bar and 20+ beers on tap.
Roof Deck is a first-come-first-served bar in the sky, at the top of Rev Hall. Check the weather before you head out, it’s a fair-weathered bar.
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