NOVEMBER 10,2016

Holladay Investors Inc., owner of the Ambridge Event Center announced the acquisition of The Melody Ballroom. The Melody ballroom will continue to operate as a separate business, with Ambridge Event Center General Manager Gary Sorrels overseeing both locations/

The Ambridge Event Center is well known for its numerous break-out rooms, central Lloyd District location, and infinitely flexible, thoroughly professional and warmly accommodating service. The Melody Ballroom is known for its beautiful Grand Ballroom, creative food service and historic Central Ease Side location.

For over 30 years, Melody Ballroom owners Bruce and Kathleen Kaad have built a solid reputation providing a one of a kind setting for some of Portland’s most unique events. “We are excited to renovate the historic Melody Ballroom building and expand our social event business,” says Gary Sorrels, Ambridge Event Center General Manager. “Both businesses complement each other extremely well and we are very excited about the potential synergy.


Locally based in Portland, Oregon, Holladay Investors, Inc, is the owner of the Ambridge Event Center. For almost 30 years, owner Alan Peters has been a familiar face in the Lloyd District. From personally parking cars to successfully navigating large real estate deals, no job is too big or small for Mr. Peters. For more information about the Ambridge Event Center visit www.ambridgeevents.com. For more information about The Melody Ballroom visit www.themelodyballroom.org.

Contact Information:

Gary Sorrels
General Manager
Ambridge Event Center



The Ambridge Event Center was created more than two decades ago by founder and owner Alan Peters.  Alan was a successful real estate manager and developer who began renovating older properties in the early 1990’s.  In 1991, Alan acquired the old Teamsters building that stood adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center and transformed it into a free-standing event center, naming it the Portland Conference Center.  In 2006, it was renamed the Ambridge Event Center; Ambridge being a local favorite species of rose.

For 18 years, the Ambridge Event Center served Portland’s special event needs at its original location – building a reputation for friendly and superior service, as well as turning clients into friends.  2008 saw the Ambridge Event Center move into its current location.  Alan once again remodeled the current building in the bustling Lloyd Center neighborhood into a useful and impressive structure.  With 11 flexible spaces, a large catering kitchen, loading dock, parking and other amenities, the Ambridge Event Center has increased its capacity and multiplied its events.  Our 150-plus clients hold more than 1,000 events at the Ambridge each year.

Testimonials, General

The space works really well for the 250 people we need to accommodate for each event. The location is central and there’s plenty of parking.
Eli R.
I can’t say enough good things about Ambridge. Their staff are uniformly excellent — friendly and responsive to all of our requests. It’s close to mass transport, and their parking options are very popular with our clients.
I’ve seen my fair share of ballrooms and big meeting spaces, but this is the first time I remember actually being impressed with one. Highly recommended.
They served a plated meal of salmon, steak, and ravioli. It was all delicious. Would definitely recommend this place.
Benjon P.
It’s more than just renting space, the staff at the Ambridge Center provides an old fashioned hospitality that says, “welcome to our home.”
I’m really pleased with the Ambridge staff.  They notice that we need things before we do!
The conference rooms are comfortable and I love that most of them have windows which let in natural light, a feature which is oftentimes missing in hotel conference centers.
Patrick G.
Their customer service is fantastic, and the price point is awesome! Other venues nickel-and-dime you – not Ambridge.
Caroline A.Pure Color LLC
They have large spaces for sales meetings and  food shows plus smaller breakout rooms, and this combination works very well for us.
Pamela L.
The people who attend our career fairs at Ambridge comment that it’s a good-looking venue and a very convenient location. When I find a venue like Ambridge that I like, I stick with it!