One of the most historic movie theatres in northeast Portland, Oregon and a non-profit organization, this beautiful theatre is located at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, across the street from the first suburban Fred Meyer store. In 1983, the National Register of Historic Places recognized it’s significance and admitted into its books.
However, this theatre screens the best first-run films as obscure classic cinema, educational, and independent films. This theatre has served various special guests since 2015 from all over the world including Pam Grier, Quentin Tarantino, Joe Dante, etc. The main hall has a 50-foot screen and homes 384 seats.
History of Hollywood Theatre
The Hollywood Theatre commenced operation on July 17, 1926. The very first film screened there was MORE PAY – LESS WORK. The 1,500 seated palace was complete with an organist and 8-piece orchestra. At the time, there was no other business that functioned as a movie theatre and vaudeville house in the pacific northwest region.
It was named “Palace of comfort, entertainment, and luxury,” by Bennes & Herzog architects of Portland.
A 70mm projection system was installed in 1959 at the Hollywood to create a larger viewing area and more immersive experience for theatergoers. By adopting the process of combining two 35mm cameras in 1961, it earned the status as the only Cinerama in Oregon. While in 1975, projection and walls booths were also installed to divide the Hollywood’ balcony, the layout of that architecture is still present today. It contains three separate auditorium spaces, which include one main auditorium based on 384 seats, while two smaller theatres upstairs.
However, in 1997 a non-profit film action Oregon bought the Hollywood theatre and then started restoring the unkempt theatre into the local treasure it once was. In 2011, that non-profit organization changed the name ‘Film Action Oregon,’ to Hollywood Theatre.
This theatre itself contains seating for 17 people, while there is another standing room for 10 to 20 people. The structure of the room’s layout is spacious and has plenty of room for carry-ons, but still, there are no faintly-lit stairs to pull bags up and down. No doubt, the primary purpose of this theatre is to screen films, but it is also known to accommodate live performances.
Food & Beverages
The concession stand serves snacks and a variety of beverages, including beer and wine.
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