Whitsell Auditorium Rentals

The Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum (located at 1219 SW Park Ave.) is a 370-seat theater on the lower level of the Portland Art Museum. “The Whitsell” opened its doors in the early 2000s and has been host to the Portland International Film Festival, the Northwest Filmmakers Festival, the Portland Dance Film Festival, the Portland Jewish Film Festival, as well as private screenings for local creators, and even some of the bigger names like LAIKA and Netflix.

The Tech
The Whitsell is home to a Christie 2210 projector, Dolby DSS 200 server, Two Century 35mm reel-to-reel projectors, and an Eastman 16mm projector. We can project DCP, 35mm reel-to-reel, 16mm, as well as Blu-Ray, Digibeta, DV/Mini DV, and Laptop connection. For rentals that require a podium, computer projection with audio is also available. The audio mixer can accommodate 3 wireless microphones for lectures, Q&As, panel discussions, and more. Additional wired microphones can be added.

The Whitsell Auditorium also features designated space for wheelchairs and/or other mobility devices. All audio can also be transmitted to Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) or a T-Coil compatible hearing aid. DCPs that are equipped with closed captions and/or descriptive audio can access those features using portable receiver devices.

We want to be sure that artists of all levels have the availability to rent the Whitsell. All tiers include 2.5 hours of presentation time in the Whitsell Auditorium, which includes screening and any other stage time (Q&A, Panel, Lecture, etc). Additional time can be purchased a $100/hr. The renter is responsible for all ticketing & marketing. PAM CUT will not request profit sharing from ticket sales. The renter is responsible for securing licensing for any films screened. All rentals include a projectionist and a PAM CUT staff member on-site to help facilitate your rental.

Please note that the Deluxe Tier applies to all films and new media projects that schedule within three weeks of the screening date.

The Indie Tier starts at $250 and is designed for local or visiting artists/filmmakers who do not have distribution and have a presentation that they’d like to screen in our theater. This tier is also designed for nonprofits and community groups. Available screening days for this tier are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Materials for projection will be required no later than two weeks in advance. One tech check is included.

The Partner Tier begins at $1,000 and is for film and new media projects that are with small distributors. This tier has no restriction for day of the week, as long as there is no other programming currently scheduled. Up to two tech checks are included.

The Deluxe Tier begins at $2,500 and is for films and new media projects that are distributed by the following companies, their subsidiaries, and their parent companies: 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal, and Walt Disney Studios. This tier has no restriction for day of the week, as long as there is no conflicting programming scheduled. Up to three tech checks are included.