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March 12, 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

At Clinton Street Theater, we share the anxiety and the many concerns of our customers and friends concerning the Covid-19/Coronavirus outbreak of 2020. While the situation changes hour by hour, we want to share our current plan to face this public health crisis.

On March 11, Governor Kate Brown declared a moratorium on all gatherings over 250 people. This exceeds our total capacity of 222, so at the current time we have no public health mandate to close our doors. As long as our staff remains healthy, we plan to remain open until there is a public health advisory directed at venues of our size.

These are some of the extra precautions we are taking to keep our staff, performers and audience healthy and safe:
  • We've instructed our staff to stay home if they feel sick in any way.
  • We're lowering the total number of seats sold for any show by 50 to allow extra space between patrons.
  • We are using hand sanitizer and following hand washing hygiene recommendations frequently.
  • We are using food-handling gloves to serve popcorn and drinks.
  • We regularly disinfect surfaces and frequently touched items like door knobs and faucets.
  • We have hidden away the free hard candy bowl that's usually on the front counter for the time being.
  • As always, we do allow our patrons to bring their own snacks, food or soft drinks to a show (we can't allow you to bring your own alcoholic beverages by OLCC restriction).
As for our audience, we believe that as long as there are no public advisories against it, the choice to come to CST or to patronize other small businesses trying to survive this crisis is a personal health choice akin to many others we make on a daily basis.

We do ask the following from our clients:
  • Please stay home if you belong to any of the high risk groups for Covid-19.
  • Please stay home if you are feeling the least bit sick - many people that contract this virus only show mild symptoms.
  • If you do come, please wash your hands frequently and thoroughly as recommended by public health authorities.
  • Please cover your mouth with your elbow if you feel a cough or sneeze coming on.
  • Keep a bit of social distance and spread out in the theater - this is one time we won't ask you to fill in every empty seat.
If you've purchased tickets for an upcoming show and do not feel comfortable going out, or if you are feeling ill on the day of the event, you may request a refund by sending an email to Please make this request within 24 hours of the show - it will get too crazy if requests come weeks after an event.

As Portland's oldest continually-running theater, CST has weathered the Spanish Flu, polio and other communicable disease epidemics, the Great Depression and far too many wars. We look forward to outlasting our current challenges.

Stay safe out there, and if you can, support the many small businesses that will suffer during this outbreak. As things develop, we will continue to monitor public health announcements and will alter this plan accordingly.


Lani Jo and Roger Leigh
Owners, Clinton Street Theater

Every Saturday night since April 1978, the historic Clinton Street Theater has played host to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

On the first, third and fifth Saturdays of the month, members of our very own shadowcast, the Clinton Street Cabaret, perform live while the movie plays on the screen behind them. On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, the Rocky Horror Picture Show is "Be It Yourself," turning the attention on YOU the audience. You bring the costumes! You bring the dance numbers! You bring the fun!

So unpack that French Maid's dress from that box behind the kids' old toys and dust off your tap shoes. Bring your rice, the toast, and some friends and come on down to the longest running RHPS in the WORLD! No matter when you decide to come, whether you are are a virgin or a veteran you'll delight in this cinematic right of passage and cherished Portland tradition.

Doors open at 11:30pm
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