Portland's Central Eastside

The Hampton Opera Center is located in SE Portland, overlooking the Willamette River and Tilikum Crossing. We love our neighborhood. Learn more about this vibrant community, our plans for district development, and our amazing neighbors.

Our SE Portland home | Photo by Trace Downen
District Development - OMSI, Portland Community College & Portland Opera

We're proud to collaborate with OMSI, PCC, community partners, and the city to engage in a master planning process to explore the development of our district. Our goal is to understand the role Portland Opera can play in co-creating a one-of-a-kind mixed-use development, neighborhood, and community destination with inclusive innovation, learning, arts & culture at its heart.

Learn more about the master plan and process. 

Meet Our Neighbors:
All Classical Portland

All Classical Portland is the region's classical radio station, and they broadcast from the second floor of the Hampton Opera Center (pretty cool neighbors!). Established in 1983, All Classical Portland’s mission is to advance knowledge of and appreciation for classical music; to build and sustain culturally vibrant local and global communities around this art form; to reflect the spirit of the Pacific Northwest; and to foster integrity, quality, and innovation in all that they do.

Central Eastside Industrial Council

We are proud to be members of the Central Eastside Industrial Council. The CEIC is a non-profit, volunteer organization representing businesses and property owners in the Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID) in Portland, Oregon.

Comprised of district property owners, businesses and makers, the CEIC strives to preserve and honor the district’s industrial roots while maintaining a vibrant and thriving community of diverse businesses.

Friends of Chamber Music

Friends of Chamber Music, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to presenting the highest quality chamber ensembles in concert, and providing educational outreach to further chamber music in our community. Their offices are also located at the Hampton Opera Center (we have the best neighbors). 

McCoy Millwork

McCoy Millwork has Portland's largest selection of historic & contemporary millwork. They are committed to providing quality millwork, expert advice, and exceptional service with the goal of fulfilling homeowners' dreams. They are located just across Caruthers from the Hampton Opera Center, and they're awesome.

Mt. Hood Brewing Co. Tilikum Station

Located at Water Avenue and Caruthers Street, our neighbors at Mt. Hood Brewing serve Neo-Neapolitan wood-fired pizza alongside their classic Mt. Hood Brewing Co. ales. While there are tons of excellent dining options in the neighborhood, no-one has stolen the heart of Portland Opera staff members quite like this awesome and super-close pizza train. Happy hour, anyone?


Founded in 1944, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science centers and is known for science education. Their mission is to inspire curiosity by creating engaging science learning experiences for students of all ages and backgrounds. OMSI is right next-door to the Hampton Opera Center, and is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. 

Portland Spirit

Our neighbors have boats!  Portland Spirit is located across the street from the Hampton Opera Center, and they offer sightseeing and dining cruises through Portland and the Columbia Gorge.  Sometimes we get the chance to join in the fun, and feature opera singers and musicians during cruises together!

Oregon Rail Heritage Center

The Oregon Rail Heritage Center is located off of Water Avenue, and exists to preserve and celebrate Oregon's railroading history. When you visit the center, you can get up close to three historic locomotives, and learn more about this important piece of our industrial history. 

Tilikum Crossing

The Bridge of the People is right outside the window of the Hampton Opera Center. It carries MAX Orange Line trains, buses, streetcars, cyclists, and pedestrians over the Willamette River, and is the first bridge of its kind in the U.S..  The bridge connects to the Eastbank Esplanade, with walking paths, biking paths, public art, and native plants. 

There's SO much more to celebrate in Southeast Portland and the Central Eastside. 

Keep exploring.