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Address: 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME 04101-4900
Phone Number:
+1 207-842-0800
12:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Sat 12:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Merrill Auditorium is a 1,900-seat auditorium located in Portland, Maine,...

Merrill Auditorium is a 1,900-seat auditorium located in Portland, Maine, United States. Originally known as Portland City Hall Auditorium, it is located in the eastern section of Portland City Hall. Organizations such as Portland Ovations, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ use the auditorium as a primary performance space. PortTIX is the official box office of the Merrill Auditorium. The auditorium was built in 1911 and underwent a major rebuild and renovation in 1997. It features a large pipe organ, the Hermann Kotzschmar Memorial Organ, donated by Cyrus Curtis and built by the Austin Organ Company (Opus 323).

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The space is beautiful. I find the seats uncomfortable. And, when does someplace designed to fit so many people have enough bathrooms? Sometimes the pre or post concert events... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2013
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

The space is beautiful. I find the seats uncomfortable. And, when does someplace designed to fit so many people have enough bathrooms? Sometimes the pre or post concert events are poorly organized. The parking situation is like it is in the rest of Portland - generally inconvenient. When we saw a musical there in the second or third tier, it... More 

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Reviewed 22 March 2013

We attended a performance of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" with the Joffrey Company. It was one of the best performances that my wife and I have attended. The Joffrey dancers were fantastic, as we had expected from their long history. We did not know the Merrill, but we became fast fans. The staff were helpful before, during, and after the... More 

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Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

We have been to the Merrill for many events: grandson's HS graduation, Portland Symphony concerts, organ recitals, Willie Nelson performance, off-Broadway plays, etc. This beautifully restored auditorium in City Hall has great acoustics and seating. Right now all that is missing is the magnificent organ, which is out being repaired & restored. We especially like to sit in the Grand... More 

Thank Mary Ellen B
Westbrook, Maine
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

Really not a bad seat in the house. Great sound in an intimate setting - I highly recommend visiting if you are on the fence.

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Waterboro, Maine
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

We have attended three First night events and a drumming concert at Merrill. It is an attractive venue for many kinds of events. Feels the closest thing to being in Boston that I've encountered in Maine! And then there's the Portland Symphony - excellent, in an excellent venue!

Thank Perestroika13
Arlington, Mass
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

Saw a concert yesterday at Merrill Auditorium , It is a lovely venue . I really think any seat is a good seat at Merrill . We were in the first balcony right above the stage , Great view of the performers , we had never been to Merrill but we would go back

Thank MassZiggy
Gorham, Maine
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

Opera, Symphony, Comedy, Dance, Music Theater....... Our own Portland Symphony Orchestra!!!!!! Thanks guys for your impeccable quality of offerings to our community!!

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Augusta, Maine
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

Great Show, excellent entertaainment in a wonderful venue. I rencently attended a show at Merrill for the first time. I was impressed with the facility. It is a beautiful the theatre with great sound and view. Nice to see that Maine has some quality places for some different types of entertainment

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Reviewed 29 December 2012

Hom of the Portland Sympohony Orchestra, the Merrill is the only fine arts concert venue in town. Great acoustics, visibillity from all seats and a touch of big city grandeur in a small town.

Thank dgoldfield
Bailey Island ME
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

Just saw The Nutcracker here. It is one of the prettiest theaters I have ever visited. Pay parking nearby is not a problem. All seats are good. Love this place!

Thank Jill C

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