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128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR 97209 · 503-445-3700 ·
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Student Matinees FAQ

We are happy to hold your tickets at will call for you, and we will help distribute them when you arrive at the theater.

We realize it is hard to estimate an exact number of students that will attend, however, we often turn groups away due to "sold out" performances that end up having many empty seats. Please let us know as soon as possible about any tickets you may not need by emailing This allows us to offer empty seats to our wait list and increase the number of students and groups that can attend.

We recommend a 10:1 ratio of students to chaperones, but we understand that every group has different needs. Let us know if we can assist in your planning.

We recommend that you plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to showtime. Our student matinees begin at 11 a.m. and we suggest building a little extra travel time in case of unexpected traffic or bridge closures.

Yes, but space may be limited or unavailable. Please request lunch tables on your ticket request form, or contact us at in advance, so we can reserve a location and set up lunch tables for your group. There are several establishments to buy lunch from near The Armory, but we recommend requesting sack lunches by filling out this form and giving it to your school cafeteria at least 10 days prior to your visit. More information on nutrition services is available here.

Portland Center Stage at The Armory is located at 128 NW Eleventh Ave., one block north of Powell’s Books, between Couch and Davis (map). The best place to de-board is between 11th and 12th or 10th and 11th Avenues on Davis, approaching from the west heading east.

  • Q&As: 20-minute discussions with the cast and crew immediately after every student matinee.
  • Workshops: Interactive explorations of select plays, at your school or at The Armory (available to high schools only).
  • Tours: Explore our building before the show and learn about our LEED certified renovation.
  • Resource Guides: Available to download for each production.

When we gather together at the theater, the room belongs to all of us. We want every person who attends a performance — audiences, volunteers, staff, and artists — to be able to show up and feel fully seen and valued.

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Portland Center Stage is committed to identifying & interrupting instances of racism & all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility (IDEA).

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