What kinds of events can I hold at Cerimon House?
All kinds. We’ve hosted weddings & memorials, meetings & workshops, parties & galas, dances & auctions, meditation retreats, musical performances...and more. The list of uses keeps growing. Our space is flexible to your needs.
Contact us at email@example.com with your event information, and we'll see how we can best help.
What is the capacity of the space?
The sweet spot is 100. For celebrations (catered weddings, galas, & parties) our main auditorium can host 100 people seated (at tables) or 150 people (standing) for a cocktail style event.
For lectures or performances in "theatre style" rows, our auditorium can host 150 (115 downstairs + 35 more in balcony: when the balcony is requested as an "add-on").
We have a range of smaller rooms that fit smaller groups: for classes or meetings.
What amenities come with a rental?
Our goal is to make everything easy for you. Each rental includes:
Use of up-to-120 banquet chairs and 20 folding tables (6' X 2.5')
Use of various café tables: often used for catering, as well as accent tables
On-site staff during your entire event
Set-up & clean-up organized by our staff
Basic sound system: 1 mic & 2 speakers
A speaker’s podium and 2 easels
Use of the front desk in our lobby for your staff to greet attendees and run your own box office
Can I tour the space?
Yes. We’d love to show you our beautiful and historic space, on a scheduled basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour.
And you can also get a clear visual sense of it right here at the website by clicking on the See The Space page in the pulldown menus above.
What dates are still available for rental?
We’re a multi-use building, and our calendar is dynamic and ever-changing: so the events in the building do "flip" quite often each week.
Please email email@example.com with your event information, and we’ll reply quickly with availability options.
In the case of performances, those tend to be single day/eve affairs, though in some cases a short run (2 nights, for instance) is possible, after meeting & discussing all of the particulars with our operations & administrative staff. We do not co-produce your events or "split the door".
Can I film a movie, television or online series, music video, or concert at Cerimon House?
There have been some exceptions in the past, but since our building is indeed our brand, we hope you'll understand that that isn't one of the rental uses that fits our nonprofit organization's mission. Though shared music, story, and dance are so grand here, our devotion to the experiences being "live" and "in the room" for the attendees - is a strong one.
What are your rental rates?
Our rental rates vary, and are based on the time of week. For instance Saturdays are the most requested, and often booked well in advance...and Sundays and weeknights can really fill-up as well.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your event information, and we’ll get right back to you to set up a tour and discuss rates.
Do you host late night events?
Our venue, located in a residential area, has a 10:00pm curfew, so guests must depart the building by 10:00pm. Staff and caterers must finish their load-out activities by 11:00pm. We adore our neighbors, and so this curfew works-out for all involved. And the ever-wonderful Alberta St. is one block area, and it stays humming later into the night: so that’s a perfect pairing.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations made more than 30 days from the event will receive a 50% refund, otherwise (any less than 30 days) the deposit is forfeited. This is common practice among venues such as ours, as a cancellation makes it extremely difficult to reschedule the date with another patron.
Do you offer Audio Visual (AV) services?
Our space is great for projection, whether on the main projection wall in the Main Auditorium, or the softer colored walls in the two main meetings spaces downstairs. When needed, we offer a projector & cart for a rental of $75 per event, on a pre-scheduled basis. In this case, you will need to provide your own laptop (media source) and all attachments (all necessary cords)...and even more importantly you must provide your own A/V Helper/Technician to run your images during your event. We do not staff the AV. Thanks for your understanding.
What is the story of your building?
Our historic building was built in 1924 as the Alberta Lodge, an assembly hall located in the heart of the NE Alberta Arts District in Portland. The building was originally the home of a neighborhood Masonic Lodge for 62 years, and then a place of worship as a church for 20 years. Cerimon House acquired and saved the building from the wrecking-ball in 2013, and restored the edifice to a new glory throughout 2014-2015. We re-opened in late 2015, offering our nonprofit organizations humanities & cultural arts programming, as well as renting to the community for events & celebrations.
Is the building wheelchair accessible?
Yes, our building is ADA compliant. We have a ramp for outside access to the building (located at the left of our building, on 23rd Ave., directly next to the bike shelter).
We also have three ADA compliant bathrooms (and another upstairs.) We recently hosted an event with 14 patrons in wheelchairs, and it was a great success. Our bathrooms are wonderfully designed and fully compliant.
How many bathrooms are there?
Four individual (unisex) ADA compliant bathrooms, three of which are fully wheelchair accessible.
Does the building have heat & air conditioning?
Yes. The building has an up-to-date heating & A/C system. It is also zoned, so different areas can be controlled for client comfort.
Do you have an outdoor space?
Not at this time, although our dramatic front steps have become a beloved location for large group photos by our renters. We also plan to complete our side garden in 2019 as a contemplative & quiet private space. We sit in the midst of a residential zone, and so the comfort of our neighbors is key.
Is there a dressing room or bridal suite onsite?
Yes. Depending on the scope of the rental, we have several rooms that can transform for dressing, preparing, and relaxing.
Is smoking or vaping allowed?
No. Our entire building and the grounds are 100% smoke & vaping free, both inside and out. Guests are required, by law, to move 10 feet from the property line to smoke, or repair to a walk in the nearby commercial street (Alberta St.) to smoke.
Food and Refreshments
Do you offer tea & coffee service upon request?
Yes, we offer freshly-brewed coffee and a range of hot teas as an optional add-on. Contact us at email@example.com with your event details and we can provide pricing information. Service is all-inclusive and also includes cups, sweeteners & creamers.
Are there any restrictions on vendors I can use?
All caterers must be professional, fully licensed, and insured. We ask that you consider the professionals caterers and vendors from our Preferred Lists.
Is there a kitchen I can use?
Foods must be professionally prepared offsite, to be plated in our catering hall. Our non-commercial kitchen can only be used as a warming kitchen and modestly-sized staging area, and only for-&-by the licensed caterers that you engage.
Can I serve wine, beer or liquor?
Only a licensed and insured caterer can supply this service.
Only OLCC licensed server(s) can serve alcohol. Your caterer should be able to provide this, since they are licensed and insured.
Additionally, we have one "in-house caveat" in this area: No Kegs. And of course all dispensing of alcohol must be by licensed caterers only.
Where are you located?
We are in located in the heart of the Alberta’s Arts District of NE Portland, Oregon - at the corner of NE 23rd Ave. and NE Sumner St. We are conveniently located 1.5 miles from the Interstate 5 freeway, and 5 miles from the Portland Airport. (Google Map)
Where do my guests park?
We offer free on-street parking, within the city blocks that surround our building. In general, the walk is no more than two blocks away, and if you are attending with elderly or differently-abled friends & family, please drop them off at our doors first before parking. This is a vibrant & busy residential neighborhood, with a commercial street one block away, and active schools & churches. We strongly suggest that folks use NE Killingsworth as their travel artery, and that they seek parking north of our building (between NE Sumner St. and NE Killingsworth St.)
Do you offer bike parking?
Yes, we have an ample outdoor bike rack, located at the base of our ADA ramp - which is on the front of our building (NE 23rd Ave.)
Are you accessible via public transportation?
Yes. Three major Tri-Met bus lines travel are within walking distance to us:
#72 [Clackamas/Swan Island] #17 [NE Saratoga/SE 134th] #8 [NE Dekum/Marquam Hill]