Standing under the newly installed marquee at Port City Music Hall this afternoon were Mayor Nick Mavadones, Rob Evans, owner, and state senator Justin Alfond. The ribbon-cutting press conference occurred under a “three-dimensional modern-day version of a vintage theater marquee from the early 20th century,” according to a city press release.
Evans said thanks to the city’s investment, the Port City Music Hall will be here for a long time. He is invested in the arts and music community in Portland and a supporter of local the local arts community. In the last eighteen months, Evans said that the Hall has sold 52,900 tickets to over 225 events.
The Mayor said it was a pleasure to unveil the new marquee because it gives Portland “its own Great White Way on Congress Street.” He went on to say that “two years ago, the city’s Economic Development Division created the Facade Improvement Program to strengthen the revitalization of Congress Street by encouraging private investment in storefronts.” The Program is funded by Community Development Block Grant money.
Today’s ribbon cutting ceremony was the first of several facade improvement projects yet to come. Soon work will begin on the facade of the King of the Roll and Coffee by Design.
Senator Alfond said that he’s really excited about the installation of this new marquee. “It’s not a coincidence that Portland is getting national recognition. People like to have fun.”