THE FUTURE OF THE VENETIAN
Frequently asked questions:
Where and What is the Venetian?
The Venetian is located on Main Street in downtown Hillsboro, Oregon. Its last purpose was that of a movie theater, venue, and restaurant. Read about the history of the building here.
Will the Venetian still be a theater/venue and restaurant?
Yes. It will feature a more upscale dining experience, different from almost anything you can find on the west side of Portland. The theater element will still be in play although we are making the space more usable for many different kinds of events, be that live or private. Our vision would be to hold corporate meetings on weekdays in the ballroom, which would bring people into downtown where they can discover the vibrancy of Hillsboro. Then in the evenings we imagine holding public events such as shows or concerts, productions, dinner theater, and the like. To be clear, we will hold private events such as weddings, benefit banquets and receptions, however the restaurant will always be open to the public. It will encompass both the lower and upper dining rooms.
What is the style going to be?
Our biggest intention is to brighten the space with more lighting, as well as clean up some of the outdated finishings with a modern take on NW Nature. "Modern meets rustic" is what we've been calling it. During the remodel we've been looking to expose as many of the old elements of the building as we can, for example some of the original brick, as well as leaving the upstairs ceiling exposed. We've procured and finished reclaimed barn wood from the Helvetia area to use for the new façade, adding historical value to the building. There will be clean lines and wood, as well as plants, stone walls, and similar natural looking elements. The theater space will be outfitted with a hardwood floor and other components creating a grandness that will make the space come alive. Ultimately we want all the elements in the space to drive interest and allow you discover new and interesting features while you venture through the building, as many others have in the past.
When will you be open?
We will keep everyone updated through the website on the progress, however with the restrictions in place we cannot give exact times. It is our intention to open the restaurant when they are permitted to open, with the earliest being September given the amount of work to be done. We know the event spaces will likely be the last to be permitted to open so that timing we won’t venture a guess on, however we would love to have it open by the end of the summer.