Venue Information

Mechanics Hall is located right downtown on Congress Street, across from the Maine College of Art, and a stone’s throw from the Empire, Space Gallery, Port City Music Hall. The Ballroom occupies the third floor of the historic building overlooking Congress Street. Built in 1857, Mechanics’ Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the Ballroom was redesigned by John Calvin Stevens at the turn of the 20th century.

The 3000 square foot Ballroom offers area arts groups a flexible and adaptable performance space with a variety of possible seating arrangements—from an intimate audience of 50 to a festive group of 300. It has a beautiful wood floor that welcomes dance and new-circus style performances. Acorn Productions will be using the space for its workshops series and performances. The Ballroom will be available for use by both Portland’s creative community and private events for events ranging from dance, theater, classes and meetings, rehearsals, puppets, lectures and presentations, music, film, exhibits—anything that needs an open, flexible, space in the center of a dynamic downtown!

We anticipate the venue being ready for public occupancy in the late winter or early spring—please check back on this page for more info about rentals at that time.