The Academy Theater is a piece of Portland history. Opened in 1948, the original Academy was the city’s first ever silver screen. The theater fell into dereliction and disrepair until it was restored to its former glory in 2006 in a style true to the original. Vintage photographs from the very first opening night at the Academy adorn the walls. The theater features three auditoriums with Dolby sound, state of the art projection technology, and comfortable reclining seating. The Academy is also wheelchair accessible and has closed-caption and listening device capabilities for the hearing impaired. The nearby cafes, pizzerias, and sushi restaurants make the Academy Theater the perfect place for a date night.
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.
It's an absolutely satisfying experience to knock a ball into a pocket. Get your pool game on at Avalon Theatre in Portland.
For a well-crafted dish, be sure to visit the restaurant at this theater.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this theater — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little customers and their folks.
Televisions are strewn throughout the bar, so fans can stay up to date on the latest sports happenings.
Enjoy the beautiful outdoors as you watch a movie at Avalon Theatre.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the theater tends to get rather noisy.
If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the theater gets busy.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Avalon Theatre is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Nestled beneath the luminous beacon of its old-timey marquee, the Clinton Street Theater cements its status as Portland’s oldest continuously running independent film house with a rotating slate of foreign films, documentaries, and cult classics. Weekly screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Repo: The Genetic Opera draw fervent cultists dressed as their favorite characters and boom-mic operators, complementing screenings of splattery horror flicks with thought-provoking opera from rising and renowned auteurs. The cylindrical glow from a whirring projector jets across the Clinton’s spacious theater, illumining arrivals from such directors as Sidney Lumet and Gus Van Sant, who is notorious for instructing his actors to break character midfilm to challenge texting film-goers to bare-knuckle brawls.
Treat yourself to a night out at the movies! The Clinton Street Pub in Portland is a great place to catch the latest flick.
With food just the way you like it, this theater elevates your restaurant experience just on the level of taste.
Watch the game with fellow fans to get the full sports experience.
Need a drink? Check out the extensive and well-crafted beverage list.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the theater is rather noisy.
During the theater's weekend rush, waiting in line is the name of the game (so avoid Friday and Saturday nights if you're looking for something quick).
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
For those who travel by bike, The Clinton Street Pub offers bike racks for customers.
For the love of spectacle, you'll want to get to Historic Bob White Theater, Portland's premiere theater.
It's certainly time you stopped reading about this theater with its amazing restaurant and finally came in for a bite.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly activity everyone will love? This theater is made for all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
For those who love to shake it, hit the theater dance floor and show off some of your best moves.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Hear the call of the aria? Come see the fabulous opera performances at Historic Bob White Theater in Portland.