The revolution will be amplified | Revolution Hall prepares for soft launch on Feb 12-14

It’s Portland’s newest live performance venue and crews are still hard at work finishing up what looks to be a beautiful renovation of the former Washington High School auditorium. When it’s all done, you’ll have Revolution Hall – a joint venture between True West (which owns Aladdin) and Mississippi Studios. The mid size venue will seat up to around 800. There’s a soft launch planned for the weekend of February 12-14, with Live Wire, Dan Savage and more on tap. April will see the gala opening.

The auditorium isn’t the only part of the former school that has enjoyed a facelift. There will be a cafe, bar and office space. Star tenant New Seasons will hold down the upper floor. And up on the roof prepare yourself for one of the most stunning east side views of the city you have ever seen.

Just a few more weeks before the people will start revolting, and tickets are going faster than old plaster off a basement wall.

So get ready.

Animals and humans alike will soon be flocking to Revolution Hall.
Animals and humans alike will soon be flocking to Revolution Hall.
Ground floor.  The cafe.
Ground floor. The cafe.
The old hallowed entrance stairs remain.
The old hallowed entrance stairs remain.
One floor up.  The bar.
One floor up. The bar.
Not just a little cleaned up - a full makeover.
Not just a little cleaned up – a full makeover.
Can you hear it?
Can you hear it?
Mississippi Studio's Ned Failing unveils the roof deck.
Mississippi Studio’s (and Pickathon’s) Ned Failing unveils the roof deck.
Imagine this view on a summer night.
Imagine this view on a summer night.
Coming soon: Your event here.
Coming soon: Your event here.

Fill this house

Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre now has three buildings on North Halsted and is expanding its presence.

The theatre has two main stages and a garage for new work development.

These are the seats you want to be in as the lights go down and the drama comes up.

Steppenwolf's main 550 seat downstairs theatre where the world premiere of THE QUALMS by Bruce Norris is currently running.
Steppenwolf’s main 550 seat downstairs theatre where the world premiere of THE QUALMS by Bruce Norris is currently running.
Half of the upstairs theatre at Steppenwolf, where a sold out Broadway-bound revival of THIS IS OUR YOUTH is on for a few more weeks before heading to the Cort Theatre.
Half of the upstairs theatre at Steppenwolf, where a sold out Broadway-bound revival of THIS IS OUR YOUTH is on for a few more weeks before heading to the Cort Theatre.

Inside OSF’s Thomas Theatre

One of the highlights of opening weekend at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this year was a behind the scenes tour of the Thomas Theatre with veteran designer Richard Hay.

Hay was closely involved with the design of this dazzling space, which was completed in 2002.

He has also worked on scores of shows during his 50 years at OSF.

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Except for today.
Except for today.

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Right out the window are the mountains around Ashland.
Right out the window are the mountains around Ashland.

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There it is: "Sometimes - there's theatre - so suddenly!"
There it is: “Sometimes – there’s theatre – so suddenly!”

No friggin' in the riggin', please.
No friggin’ in the riggin’, please.

Inside the drama lab.
Inside the drama lab.

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Good theatre takes power.
Good theatre takes power.

Richard Hay and one monster backup generator.
Richard Hay and one monster backup generator.

What we all want in life: Room to store our stuff.
What we all want in life: Room to store our stuff.

Queue the grand finale sequence...
Queue the grand finale sequence… BOOM (rockets) BOOM…

BOOM CRACK (rockets)  It's happening in here.
BOOM CRACK (rockets)… It’s happening in here…

BOOM BOOM WHIZZZZ... Opening weekend 2011.
BOOM WHIZZZZ …Opening weekend 2011…

BOOM BOOM (explosions)  Just another night in Ashland.
BOOM BOOM (explosions)… Just another night in Ashland…

A final flurry.  And then quiet.  Luckily the fireworks go off six days a week for the next eight months.
A final flurry. And then quiet. Luckily the fireworks will go off six days a week for the next eight months.