Portland’s got a lot of things going for it, but abundant sunshine isn’t necessarily one of them. Portlanders have adapted, though, by creating a wealth of fun things to do inside. No matter where in the world, one of the best things to do when it’s dreary out is catch a flick, and the abundance of refurbished old movie theaters around town make seeing movies in Portland one of the best indoor activities there. In fact, Portland has more movie theaters per person than any other American city. From modern megaplexes to restored antique theaters serving beer to art film houses, there’s something in town to suit every film-goer’s tastes.
For those who prefer live performances, there’s always a wide selection of Portland shows on tap. The city’s live music scene is one of the country’s best, with performances across all genres constantly taking place. The Doug Fir Lounge, the Roseland Ballroom, Schnitzer Hall, and the Crystal Ballroom are just a few of the venues featuring some of the world’s best musical acts night in and night out. Theater lovers also have a variety of options for catching a performance, including Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theater, and, for a cultural experience, Teatro Milagro.
Not all of Portland’s indoor activities involve being an audience member. The Portland dance scene offers great opportunities for interactive fun. The city’s various dance events provide places where participants can learn a couple of new steps, meet great people, and have a blast. There are a vast array of dance styles to choose from, including Balkan, contra, country, Irish, Israeli, salsa, square, swing, tango, and all kinds of ballroom. The various groups are all welcoming to newcomers and the point always remains to have fun. When it’s gloomy outside, Portlanders are still having a great time inside!