Portland’s beloved “brew ‘n’ view” movie theaters run the gamut from funky to swanky, serving up all manner of drinks, food and films. Movie tickets cost less than $10, and some even run less than the price of a pint. Call it a happy hour and a half.
Living Room Theaters
Living Room Theaters is a downtown art house that plays new indie and foreign films on six screens, and has a gourmet menu and full bar.
A staple in Northeast Portland’s Hollywood neighborhood since 1926, the nonprofit Hollywood Theatre has seen many recent renovations, from digital surround sound to a brand-new, historically accurate marquee, unveiled in September 2013. In addition to second-run and indie films, the Hollywood offers some innovative programming, like the Sound + Vision and Kung Fu Theater series.
Laurelhurst Theater is a Portland landmark built in 1923 that features nine beers on tap, fresh pizza and a steady stream of second-run and revival screenings in four auditoriums.
Several of McMenamins’ historic properties in Portland feature movie theaters that serve up recent releases, cult classics and art films along with handcrafted ales and pub fare.
Cinema 21 started as a ‘20s-era, single-screen theater in Northwest Portland. Today, they have three screens and serve beer and wine along with art-house, foreign and classic films.
The restored 1948 Academy Theater in Southeast Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood features three screens with stadium seating, plus microbrews, wine and pizza.
A vintage, single-screen cinema discreetly tucked between the bustling businesses on Southeast Milwaukie Ave. in Sellwood, Moreland Theater shows new release titles and offers classic theater snacks alongside a rotating list of beer and wine.
Portland hosts more than 20 film festivals every year. Here's an overview of some of the city's top cinematic events.
Every March, POW Film Fest returns to showcase films by female and non-binary directors from the Portland area.
Portland Queer Film Festival returns every fall with an annual showcase of narrative and documentary films from around the world.