Bright Star World Dance is a 1000sf dance studio, centrally located in Portland’s Arts District, at the corner of High and Spring Streets, three floors above the Little Tap House. It is an absolutely stunning performance space, featuring high ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors, and many unique fixtures and original architectural details. Please note: All shoes (for actors and audience members) must be removed before entering the studio space – that said, actors can bring clean, preferably soft-bottomed shoes (that have not recently been worn outside) for wearing during the show.
Seating Capacity: 30.
Please note this venue is 21+. Capacity: 60
This historic building has gone through a multitude of incarnations over the last century, from mercantile to bank to bar. Getting back to its World War II roots, the downstairs serves Portland’s premier dim sum fare. PortFringe takes over Empire’s upstairs venue – a destination for local and national acts alike. Fill up on steam buns and climb the stairs for the show.
Please note: This venue is 18+ or with guardian.
Mechanics Hall was built in 1859 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The majestic ballroom, designed by John Calvin Stevens, has recently been restored and re-opened for public events. It features beautifully maintained architectural details, high ceilings, and large windows overlooking the heart of the Arts District corridor. PortFringe is proud to partner for the first time with this culturally significant building which has already begun to fill the void of performance space for Portland’s independent theater scene.
Seating Capacity: Approximately 100.
Three venues, one location! Portland Stage Company is Maine’s largest professional, non-profit theater, located inside the beautiful Odd Fellows Hall built in 1896. It’s also the home of Fringe Central, the official PortFringe hang out spot located in the concessions lobby. Lobby will be open an hour before the first show in any of the venues for PortFringe and be open throughout performances. Drop in, get tickets, learn more about the shows featured in the festival, and grab a drink!
Please note: All-Ages Venues!
The Studio Theater is Portland Stage’s 3/4 thrust, black box theater located on the second floor (stair and elevator accessible).