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This seven-screen theater is not your typical cinema experience. Living Room Theaters are designed to make movie-goers feel as though they are in the comforts of their own home and that happens to be quite luxurious. Gather with friends next to a fireplace, order drinks and gourmet food from the cafe and prepare to settle in and enjoy a good film. Though more popular for their movie screenings, this theater is also extended for private events. Occasionally, Living Room Theaters has also been a venue for live music events.
This theater is an historical relic of Portland, well placed in the Northwest heart of the city. The old-fashioned theater appeals to an arty crowd and features many unique movies. From foreign art films to vexed documentaries, diversity is emphasized here and the crowd is often as entertaining as the feature itself. If you have a peculiar taste in cinema then this is one place you simply cannot miss. A visit here is essential not only for the experience but also for the like-minded patronage that you will encounter. After the show, take a stroll down Northwest 21st Avenue to one of the many local eateries.
This gorgeous and historic venue, the Laurelhurst Theater, first opened its doors in 1923. It was one of the first Art Deco-style theaters of its kind in the area. The entire theater is 21 and over for shows that begin after 5:30p, and there's only five minutes of previews with no commercials. For a more enjoyable experience, sit back at your table with a pizza and a beer (or, for the slightly more refined, a glass of wine). Films range from big blockbusters and cult classics to independent and family favorites.
This is Hollywood, revisited. Perhaps not the California version, but Portland's own little corner of the Hollywood District. The surreal exterior of this fine movie house, which bears a strong resemblance to a Walt Disney castle, makes it worth a visit. The renovated theater boasts a lavish decor, cheap admission to second-run films, cushy seats and all the snacks you can inhale. Enjoy an afternoon or evening of pure childlike entertainment. The charming setting makes the place perfect for a movie with family but it also very popular for date nights.
The McMenamins Kennedy School is a North Portland fixture. Long abandoned by the education system, it now serves as a guest house for rather older learners. The theater at the school has a beautiful interior that is covered in murals, the seating is comfy and the acoustics as well as light accents leave no room for complaints. The theater also has a small pub on site where you can grab drink or a tasty meal to go with your movie. There are even special showings designated for small children, so the whole family can join the fun.