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Our History

Peter Corvallis started showing movies in the basement of his parents’ home when he was just eleven years old…and a career in “show business” was underway. When he came of age, Peter joined the Army as a photographer and documentary filmmaker with the 82nd Airborne Division. Upon returning to Portland, he became a photographer for The Oregonian, taking pictures of everything from presidents to starlets through the 1950’s. He eventually found his way into event photography and staging.

And in 1959, Peter Corvallis Productions was born.

Our very first office was a closet in the basement of the downtown Portland Hilton Hotel. With little more than a phone and a handful of lights and projectors, Peter served Portland’s many fashion shows and tradeshows. Over the next 20 years, Peter started developing specialized companies to serve his growing clientele: NW Decorators, Convention and Tradeshow Services, Audio Visual Rentals and Services, and Special Events Company.

For the past 50 years, Peter Corvallis Productions has grown serving waterfront festivals, corporate events, air shows, politicians, and tradeshows as well as literally thousands of weddings. Basically, any event that takes place in a fairground, park or parking lot, ballroom or backyard you are likely to find Peter Corvallis rentals.

In the early 1990’s, two of Peter’s daughters returned to Portland to help their father run the business. Today with more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse, the family business has grown to have the largest event rental inventory in the Pacific Northwest.