The theater's exterior in January 2014
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Cinema 21 is a movie theater in the Northwest District of Portland, Oregon, United States. The venue opened as State Theatre in 1925, and was known as Vista during 1941–1942 and 21st Avenue Theatre from 1942 to 1965.
The venue opened as State Theatre in 1925, and was known as Vista during 1941–1942 and 21st Avenue Theatre from 1942 to 1965.
Cinema 21 is known for supporting independent and local filmmakers and has hosted many events and festivals during its long history. Mike Birbiglia, Mark Duplass, Todd Haynes, Miranda July, Richard Linklater, Russ Meyer, Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, and Wim Wenders have all discussed their projects at the theater.
In August 2014, the theater launched a $70,000 Kickstarter campaign for new seats in its main auditorium as part of a larger renovation project which included the installation of two additional screens. According to owner Tom Ranieri, the seats were more than fifty years old. Incentives for campaign contributions included film admission passes, dinners at local restaurants, name appearances on the marquee, dinners with Van Sant and Dan Savage, and naming rights to the auditorium. In December 2014, the theater hosted the premiere and an after party for Wild; the film's stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern attended.
- "State (Cinema 21) Theatre - 2/8 Wood". Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
- Baker, Jeff (August 25, 2014). "Mark Duplass reveals how to succeed as a Hollywood movie producer". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- Baker, Jeff (August 26, 2014). "Cinema 21 wants $70,000 for new seats". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- Baker, Jeff (December 12, 2014). "'Wild' opens at Cinema 21 and Bridgeport Village: movie roundup". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- "Cinema 21 ready to go 'Wild' with premiere". Portland Tribune. December 4, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
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