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.
See Portland's newest theater and dance works every January at the annual Fertile Ground Festival.
Portland's children's theater companies introduce kids to live theater and teaches them people in costumes are fun, not scary.
Portland’s Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) returns every September with 10 days of boundary-pushing performances, visual art and projects that defy categorization.
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