Hollywood Theatre (Portland, Oregon)

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Hollywood Theatre
Portland Historic Landmark[2]
Hollywood Theater - Portland Oregon.jpg
The marquee and front facade on Sandy Boulevard.
Hollywood Theatre (Portland, Oregon) is located in Portland, Oregon
Hollywood Theatre (Portland, Oregon)
Hollywood Theatre (Portland, Oregon) is located in Oregon
Hollywood Theatre (Portland, Oregon)
Hollywood Theatre (Portland, Oregon) is located in the US
Hollywood Theatre (Portland, Oregon)
Location 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard
Portland, Oregon
Coordinates 45°32′08″N 122°37′14″W / 45.535528°N 122.620639°W / 45.535528; -122.620639Coordinates: 45°32′08″N 122°37′14″W / 45.535528°N 122.620639°W / 45.535528; -122.620639
Built 1926
Architect Bennes & Herzog
NRHP reference # 83002172 [1]
Added to NRHP September 1, 1983

The Hollywood Theatre is a historic movie theater in northeast Portland, Oregon, owned by a non-profit organization. It is the central historical point of the Hollywood District. The Theatre is located at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, across the street from the first suburban Fred Meyer store, which is currently occupied by Rite Aid. The Hollywood Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]

Commissioned by Jensen and Herberg, architects John Virginius Bennes and Harry A. Herzog designed the façade of the building after the Baths of Caracalla.[3] The theater opened on July 19th 1926, with 1,491 seats, as a venue for vaudeville and silent movies. It became a Cinerama theater in 1961, utilizing the ultra-widescreen process until 1963. It was still labelled a "Cinerama theater" until 1969, running exclusively 70mm films. On June 13th 1968, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey opened, and ran for over 10 months.

In 1975, the theater was divided into three auditoriums, and ran second run films throughout the '80s and '90s.

The theater was purchased in 1997 by Film Action Oregon. Starting in 2011, major renovations were done, including new seats, screens, sound systems and an updated paint job. In 2013, a Kickstarter campaign raised the funds necessary to erect a new marquee, and in 2015, 70mm capability was re-installed.

The Hollywood Theatre currently screens first run films; along with a wide range of well known and obscure classic cinema, offbeat exploitation, educational, independent and experimental films; with a focus of screening repertory films on 35mm and 70mm. The theater also has hosted many special guests since 2015, including Quentin Tarantino, Pam Grier, Michael Ironside, Piper Laurie and Joe Dante. The main auditorium has a 50-foot screen and 384 seats, while two smaller auditoriums are located upstairs, each seating 111.

The movie theater is operated by a non-profit organization whose mission is to entertain, inspire, educate and connect the community through the art of film, while preserving a historic Portland landmark.

Airport theater[edit]

In December 2015, Hollywood Theatre announced plans to open an annex theater in Portland International Airport. The theater will seat 18 with standing room for 10 to 20 people and also have space for live performances. The theatre will show short films no longer than 20 minutes and be free of charge.[4] In mid-February 2017, it was reported that the airport "microcinema" would open on February 23 and have seating for 17 people.[5]



  1. ^ a b "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. June 6, 2011. p. 34. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (July 2010), Historic Landmarks -- Portland, Oregon (XLS), retrieved October 3, 2013 .
  3. ^ Fitzgibbon, Joe. "Hollywood Theatre". The Oregon Encyclopedia. Portland State University. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Brosseau, Carli (December 25, 2015). "Coming attractions: A miniature movie theater at PDX". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  5. ^ Wang, Amy (February 16, 2017). "New mini-cinema will show free movies at Portland International Airport". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 

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