Nestled on the corner of 31st and Nicolai, our new and improved sound-stage sits right on the borderline of the Guild’s Lake Industrial Sanctuary. What’s an industrial sanctuary you say? Well, it’s just Portland’s way of saying, “sorry, you can’t build apartments here”.
Large productions have been much easier to accommodate with the abundance of free on-street parking. Finding an open space at our old location was like trying to play darts with spaghetti. Not only was it a challenge, but it was often messy.
We’ve had a blast getting to know the new neighborhood and it’s not just because of all the breweries and tasting rooms. It’s also been the beautiful scenery. Forest Park, one of the largest urban forests, is just a stone’s throw away.
Since the establishment of the sanctuary in 2001, Oregon’s manufacturing sector has grown immensely, and the entire area now plays a crucial role in our economy. In fact, before the city rezoned Guild's Lake, manufacturing only accounted for about $9 billion of Oregon's economy, but that grew to $74 billion by 2013 with the implementation of the sanctuary.
We're happy to report that we're loving this new location and we look forward to hosting your next production. Learn more about Portland's NW Industrial district right here: http://nwindustrial.org/