Portland Independent Movie Theaters

Regal Cinemas runs most of the first-run movie theaters in the Portland area, but there are also many wonderful independent movie theaters with great perks like reduced admission costs, tasty food, and the option of drinking beer, wine, or even cocktails while you take in a flick.

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This article has been edited by Joshua Liberles.

  • 01 of 07
    Laurelhurst Theater
    ••• By Finetooth (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

    This historic theater has been a Portland Landmark since 1923. Four screens play second-run movies and classics, too. Parking can be a challenge, but if you get there early, you may score a spot in the theater’s adjacent lot. Microbrews, wine, and Pizzicato pizza are available—all at reasonable prices.

    Location

    2735 E. Burnside

    Know Before You Go

    21+ for shows starting after 3 pm. Those under 21 may attend movies before 3 pm on weekends.

  • 02 of 07
    McMenamins Crystal Hotel and Ballroom
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    Usually in historic buildings, the McMenamins theaters are widely known for serving pub grub and their own micro-brewed beers. What better way to enjoy a flick than over food and drinks?

    Locations

    Bagdad
    3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd

    Mission
    1624 NW Glisan

    Kennedy School
    5736 NE 33rd Ave

    St. John’s Theater and Pub
    8203 N. Ivanhoe

    Know Before You Go

    All shows are 21+. Minors are allowed at the first nightly show and the weekend matinee when accompanied by a parent.

  • 03 of 07
    Cinema 21 marquee on trendy NW 21st Ave.
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    Portland’s artsy and historic theater, Cinema 21, frequently hosts independent movies before they hit other theaters in town. It’s also where you’ll find the Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

    Location

    616 NW 21st Ave

    Know Before You Go

    Parking can be ugly in this part of town, especially on weekends. Give yourself plenty of time to find a spot and be prepared to walk a few blocks.

  • 04 of 07

    Enjoy second-run movies on three screens. Plus, the Academy offers inexpensive babysitting! Refreshments include Flying Pie Pizza, salads, sandwiches, hot dogs, ice cream, beer , and wine.

    Location

    7818 SE Stark Street

    Know Before You Go

    Babysitting is available starting with the 4 pm show and ending after the 7 pm shows, plus during weekend matinees.

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  • 05 of 07
    Portland's Hollywood Theater
    ••• photo via flickr by Peter Merholz

    The Oregon Film and Video foundation runs the Hollywood Theater as part of its nonprofit work. The theater favors classic movies, second-run features, ​and foreign films.

    Location

    4122 NE Sandy Blvd

    Know Before You Go

    Save on tickets with a discount card, good for ten admissions. They have no expiration and are transferable.

  • 06 of 07
    Roseway Theater
    ••• Courtesy Roseway Theater

    Renovated and re-opened in the summer of 2008, the Roseway is a first-run theater with bargain admission. There's only one screen, but the sound system and seats are top-notch.

    Location

    7229 NE Sandy Blvd

    Know Before You Go

    This is one of Portland's oldest theaters. It first opened in 1924.

  • 07 of 07

    This low-key neighborhood theater is on the main drag in Eastmoreland and has remained popular with locals.

    Location

    6712 SE Milwaukie Ave

    Know Before You Go

    There's only one screen here, and the movies change every few weeks.