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Performing Arts Center

The NCRD Performing Arts Center has become an important community asset to the North Oregon Coast. Performances that were not possible in a small community are now staged throughout the year in a building dating back to the 1930s. It has become the main gathering place of the North Tillamook County community and hosts a wide variety of events from community theater to variety shows and from solo performers to symphony orchestras.


Upcoming Performances

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Ticket information will be available for NCRD events.
For tickets to Riverbend Players performances please visit


It takes supporters like you to keep the arts thriving at the NCRD Performing Arts Center.
Your donations allow us to bring world-class performances to the North Oregon Coast. 
Perhaps you would like to underwrite the cost of a show, or provide housing or meals for out of town performers. 

Have you considered a monetary donation to our new lobby project?

Our sponsors’ names are prominently displayed on posters, programs and other advertising.
Sponsors receive complimentary tickets to performances and are thanked during the introduction to each show.

Your donation may be tax deductible. For more information, please contact:
     Lori Longfellow, Finance Director, North County Recreation District


In addition to visual arts & musical performances, the Performing Arts Center is ideal for organizations to present speakers, films or even weddings. 

It is frequently reserved along with the NCRD Gallery and Kitchen for intimate receptions or with the Gymnasium for much larger gatherings. 

There are 192 seats, with a full complement of stage lighting and sound equipment as well as a 12 ft. movie screen and projector. 
A curved wall surrounds three sides of the stage, increasing from 12 ft. wide to 24 ft. wide and is 22 ft. deep at center stage. 

The wall and the curved ceiling above it are constructed as one unit. This “clamshell” shape offers excellent acoustics for musicians and performers.
There are four entrances onto the stage. Two of these have removable doors. The backstage area is available for quick costume changes and equipment storage.

A green room, small dressing room and restrooms are located nearby. Additional space can be configured as needed.

For more information or for a tour of our facility, please contact the Performing Arts Center Coordinator at 971-308-0309 or


Lighting Specs

Source 4 Ellipsoidal Zoom (10)
Source 4 70 Degree Ellipsoidal (2)
Source 4 50 Degree Ellipsoidal (6)
Leviton 4” Fresnel (6)
Incandescent Floods (8)

Rental Rates

Theater rental fees are based on the type of use and the time and space required for your event.

Facility or Room
Standard Rate
Nonprofit Rate
Other Use
Screen/Front of Stage
As Determined
As Determined

Submitting an application: We request that you contact NCRD to confirm availability of your requested reservation dates
prior to submitting an application.

Mailing Address:
Performing Arts Center
North County Recreation District
PO Box 207
Nehalem OR 97131
Phone: (971) 308-0309

Please Submit the Following:

Performing Arts Center Rental Packet (download)

We will work with you to establish rehearsal times, lighting and sound needs, etc. 
All non-NCRD sound and light technicians must be pre-approved by NCRD staff.
Unless other arrangements have been made, you are required to have an NCRD staff person on site during your event.
Other staffing requirements may require additional fees.
For more information, please contact the Performing Arts Center Coordinator.

Riverbend Players Community Theater

Riverbend Players is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) community theater group based here in Nehalem Oregon. Their primary purpose is to create vibrant community theater for the public as well as an artistic outlet for participants of all ages with a variety of theatrical productions and educational opportunities involving theater and the theater arts. 

Their theatrical home is here at the North County Recreation District Performing Arts Center. The mutually beneficial relationship between the Performing Arts Center and the Riverbend Players has been a great success and will continue with the goal of providing an opportunity for people to participate in the art and production of quality community theater while providing entertainment for the people of our local community and beyond.


ADA Restrooms & Lobby Project

The addition of ADA restrooms and a lobby to the NCRD Performing Arts Center is the second phase of the major restoration project that was completed in 2015/16. At that time, the budget did not allow for a lobby or ADA restrooms and the decision was made to go ahead with the restoration and add these components later.

The design continues our emphasis on compatibility with the historic design features that we have used throughout the restoration project. The design will also improve accessibility by ensuring that both theater and lobby are 100% ADA compliant.

The addition of a lobby will allow people to gather and socialize before events and during intermissions. The new lobby will also be available for rent as a venue for small gatherings. The project is being funded by private donations and public and private grants.
Construction began on the new Lobby in December 2020.

PAC Crew

For information, please contact the Performing Arts Center Coordinator:
PHONE: (971) 308-0309

Mary Moran

Mary Moran

Performing Arts Center Coordinator

Mary has been with NCRD since the opening of the renovated theater in 2016. Previously associated with The Riverbend Players and a producer of the annual CART'M Trashion Show, she is responsible for booking performers, event advertising, providing lighting assistance to guest performers, coordinating PAC volunteers and overseeing maintenance of the theater.

Tom Cocklin

Tom Cocklin

Volunteer Lighting Technician

Tom maintains the ETC element console software, consults on lighting arrangements and programming for different acts and provides lighting assistance to Riverbend Players for their seasonal productions.

Kiley Konruff

Kiley Konruff

Event Ticketing

Kiley oversees ticket sales both online and at the door. If you have a question about tickets, please contact her at the NCRD Welcome Center, 855-444-6273.

We are grateful to all of our volunteers and staff members who have chosen to lend their time and energy to support the NCRD Performing Arts Center.

Our performances would not be possible without this dedicated group of people.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for additional volunteers to add to our core group.  Do you have stage lighting or sound experience?  Would you like to be an usher for a show? Assist at the ticket counter? We always need volunteers to distribute show posters to local businesses & throughout the community. If you would like to act in a play or be involved in set construction, we can direct you to one of our local theater groups who perform on our stage.  If you want to help out, we can probably find a way!

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