Movies are like dreams: they come to us in the dark, they play on our subconscious fears and desires, and the best ones prominently feature Hall of Fame baseball players lecturing children on how to have fun in small towns. Dream a little dream on the big silver screen with today’s Groupon: for $14, you get a movie outing plus refreshments for two at Hollywood Theatre that includes:
- Two tickets to any regularly scheduled film (up to a $14 value)
- One large popcorn (a $4 value)
- Two beverages, including beer, wine, and soda (up to a $10 value)<p>
When not busy supporting local filmmakers and education through their nonprofit network, Hollywood Theatre’s cinephiles host a rotating selection of independent, foreign, and classic films. While munching on buttery popcorn, audiences view limited-release blockbusters and indie flicks alike, including showings that span silent masterpieces, Sundance selections, and the projectionist’s homemade remake of Serpico. Emulating all the creature comforts of home, the theater’s bar dispenses several lofty libations, including soft drinks, wine, and craft beers from the likes of Lagunitas, New Belgium, and Bridgeport Brewing. During the cinematic experience, patrons can relax inside the historic theater, which dates back to 1926, when movies were performed live in front of audiences, recorded, then played back in reverse.
Along with films, Hollywood Theater follows through with its nonprofit mission by hosting concerts, fundraisers, and lectures to benefit and educate the public. The theater also supports up-and-coming filmmakers by screening 300 of the best films from Portland and abroad.
The light of a projector first hit the Hollywood Theatre's screen in 1926. Since then, this cinema has changed with the times—at various points serving as a Cinerama and a second-run discount movie house. After a near-closure and a nearly 15-year renovation, the building re-emerged as a non-profit, independent cinema. Today, Hollywood Theatre screens about 300 films a year, ranging from classic Hollywood and genre films to newer independent movies and quirky blockbusters.
The core of the theatre's programming, however, is its signature series. Programs such as Kung Fu Theater and Sound + Vision aim to restore classic films' spectacle to the silver screen. Outside the auditorium, Hollywood Theatre hosts educational workshops on topics such as animation, documentary filmmaking, and chiseling your own star onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the cinema's Spanish Colonial Revival building retains much of its historic charm. At the top of a curving staircase lies a lounge with plush antique furnishings and signage. Inside the main auditorium—the house's original orchestra level—films blaze to life on a 50-foot screen and a digital surround-sound system. On the theater's original balcony level, two smaller venues with just more than 110 seats provide a more intimate viewing experience.
4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97212