By Liam Woodworth-Cook
The Apohadion Theater is a small basement like venue on Hanover Street in Portland. Across the street of the looming Bayside Bowl and a minute walk from Bayside Village, the Aphodian is a small treasure nestled with the big Bayside waters. Their door has a small sign changing with whatever act is playing that night. Opening the door, the dimly lit venue is just below the ground. Shows are usually $10 or less; typically a suggested donation for “No one will be turned down for lack of funds” follows the price.
Shows range from punk, metal, synth pop, folk, and improv jazz. They’ve hosted burlesque shows, comedy/theatre acts and obscure/cult films. Having recently received an art grant, the Apohadion bought a projector to up their movie playing as well as a new door. They have a bar with both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.
A small corner of the venue is set aside as a gallery, while various pieces of art hang throughout the venue. There’s a few old pianos in the back. Candles on the tables and seats for roughly 40 people.
The owners are friendly, pulling in weird acts from across the country (and internationally) as well as hosting local bands. More information can be found on their website, theapohadiontheater.com and on their Facebook page.