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.
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Portland hosts more than 20 film festivals every year. Here's an overview of some of the city's top cinematic events.
Portland is home to more breweries than any other city on earth. (No wonder we call it “Beervana!”)
Celebrating the 16th anniversary of showcasing anime and Japanese culture, Kumoricon is ready for its biggest year yet. Gaining its namesake (kumori) from the Japanese word “cloudy,” Kumoricon embodies the best parts of fandom and what it is to live in the Pacific Northwest. Stretching across generations, anime fans have gathered together for an amazing…
The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival is the Northwest’s premiere showcase of new work by leading regional filmmakers. This touchstone annual event brings artists and audiences together for a community celebration. Annually, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival draws hundreds of entries from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Directed by Ilana Sol Oregon 2012 48 mins Presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Oregon, director Ilana Sol’s documentary tells the story of Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita, who catapulted his seaplane off a submarine, flew over the Oregon coast, and became the only pilot to bomb the U.S. mainland during WWII. Two…
The Royal National Theatre in London comes to The Vault via satellite broadcast, with performances of three of their recent productions. Small Island: Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th…
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Directed by Jacqueline Olive United States 2019 89 mins In English Always in Season explores the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African Americans and connects this form of historic racial terrorism to racial violence today. The film centers on the case of Lennon Lacy, an African American teen who was found…
The Royal National Theatre in London comes to The Vault via satellite broadcast, with performances of three of their recent productions. One Man, Two Guvnors: Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to…
Directed by Jonas Mekas United States 1986 124 mins. In English Covering the years 1969-1984 and featuring a huge number of New York art-world luminaries, Mekas described He Stands in a Desert as “nothing spectacular”—although the raw material of life, which makes up the film, provides remarkable experiences and visions at every turn. “A continuation…