Portland Theater Listing

Portland Theater Listing

In the ever expanding list of things that makes Portland a vibrant and livable city, one is the sheer number of independently owned theaters that exist in and around the city. Many of these are second run theaters – showing movies that have already been in the bigger theaters. But some actually do first-run movies! More importantly, a large number of them play independent and limited run movies that would never been seen in the larger corporate owned theaters.

5th Ave Cinema – run by students of PSU
The 99-W – The last drive-in near Portland
The Academy
The Avalon Theatre – includes a section of arcade
Cinema 21
The Cinemagic Theater
Clinton Street TheaterHistory of the Clinton Street Theater and also home of the Clinton Street Cabaret, Portland’s Rocky Horror Shadow Cast
The Joy Cinema
The Hollywood The place to go for 70mm films in Portland, if not the United States
Kiggins– and because the Portland area is so cool it has two Rocky Horror Picture show shadow casts, the Denton Delinquents perform here.
The Laurelhurst
The Milwaukie 3 Cinemas – also includes a section of arcade games
The Mooreland Theater
Oak Grove 8
The OMSI Empirical Theater
The Roseway
St Johns Cinema
Valley Cinema Pub
The Whitsell Auditorium – located in the Portland Art Museum and run by the Northwest Film Center

Laurelhurst Theater Portland Oregon

Larelhurst Theater – Portland Oregon. Photo by Roger

Cinetopia Theaters

Cinetopia is a locally owned “luxury” theater chain. They play mostly first run movies, but have by far the most luxurious theaters around. Best of all, their prices are comparable to the large corporate chains.

Cinetopia Mill Plain 8
Cinetopia Progress Ridge 14
Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 25 & GXL


In addition to the number of historic hotel and taverns that McMenamins has saved over the years, they have saved and refurbished a number of historic theaters. Each of these serves food and drinks, while showing first run movies.

The Bagdad Theater
Edgefield Power Station Theater
Grand Lodge Theater
Kennedy School Theater
Mission Theater
St. Johns Theater

If you know of any other theaters that should be on this list, please comment below! Thanks!

Kronenberg Oregon and the Meadowland Dairy

Name: Kronenberg
Class: H2
GPS: 45.493315, -122.494300 or 16430 SE Powell Blvd, Portland Oregon
From downtown Portland, take Highway 26 East towards Gresham. The “town” as it were was located at the foot of Powell Butte.


The town of Kronenberg Oregon was actually pretty short lived. The first settlers here were the Camp Family who started an orchard and cattle farm on Camp Butte, now known as Powell Butte, in 1880.

An nice Victorian Farm House was built at what is now 16430 SE Powell in 1892.

Enough citizens were in the area that by 1893 that post office was opened on April 10th of that year. Joseph Kronenberg became the first and only post master and lent his name to the town. The post office was located in his home, which was said to be at what is now SE 162nd. The post office lasted for four years, closing to Rockwood on February 8th, 1897.

Henry and Anna Anderegg

Henry and Anna Anderegg

In 1908, Swiss immigrants Henry and Anna Anderegg, and brother-in-law Henry Naegeli, leased from the City, Camp Butte. They had previously started a milk plant at Southwest 14th and Jefferson Street. The dairy was a herd of 600 to 800 dairy cows, and some Percheron Draft Horses on the property. Named Mountain View Dairy for it’s view of snow covered Mt. Hood, and Mt. St. Helens, the family home became a community center for the local Swiss Community.

Several houses sprung up along Powell between 1905 and 1924, presumably built by members in this community. The Anderegg family had four children, Walter, Tracy (male), Lillian, and Lena. Lillian was born on the Butte in 1924, but the family and the dairy moved down to the Victorian farmhouse when she was six months old. The dairy now took up all the land on the south side of Powell from SE 157th to SE 174th. The City allowed the family to continue grazing cattle on the butte to maintain the meadows and keep them from becoming over grown.

The name of the dairy also likely changed at this time from Mountain View Dairy to Meadowland Dairy. The dairy was definitely a family run operation, although with that number of cattle the had a number of farmhands. Walter ran the first motorized milk truck in Oregon, and the daughters helped milk cattle. Lillian married Wayne Adams, who was had once worked on the dairy, in 1948 and farmed the land until his death in 1989.

The dairy itself was split in the early 1970s between the four children. Lillian got the part with the Victorian Farmhouse. Her portion was developed into a community called the Meadowcrest Farm Estates Mobile Home Park. She still lives in the home and is active in the advisory committee for the Powell Butte Nature Park.

Unfortunately, the historic barn on the property burned down on February 1, 2011. It was a total loss.

Historic Meadowland Dairy Barn

Barn Fire, Feb 1, 2011. Photo from the Oregonian.

Outstanding Questions:
When did the Butte become City Property?
When did Portland annex the area of Kronenberg Oregon?
When did the Butte become a Nature Area?
What was the exact ownership of the Dairy?
How did the family run it?
Did they have an onsite shop since they were giving away chocolate milk and ice cream at the time?


Vegan Restaurants Portland

Vegan Restaurants Portland

One of the things the city of Portland Oregon is well known for is the number of vegan and vegan friendly restaurants in the city. Most popular restaurants have a vegan friendly item or two on the menu, or can make some of their menu vegan. We’re not just talking about salads, although there is some of that. We’re talking sometimes full entries, and appetizers too.

But, sometimes you just want to be totally vegan, right?

100% Vegan Restaurants

Here is an interesting fact. Portland has so many vegan restaurants, that some specialize in specific cuisines! All the restaurants in this section are 100% Vegan.

A N D Cafe – A small intimate cafe in a part of Portland that few visit, this place has a great breakfast menu.

Blossoming Lotus – Blossoming Lotus has a number of Thai inspired vegan dishes, a very nice selection of sides, and a full bar.

Cafe Yumm! – an Oregon based “fast food” chain that serves a great rice bowl with their famous Yumm! Sauce. This should be on any vegan list.

Harvest at The Bindery – this is one of the new wave of up and coming vegan restaurants in Portland. The menu is phenomenal to the point that even the most hardcore foodie would salivate.

Papa G’s Vegan Organics – more of a deli then a restaurant, they have burgers, sandwiches, build your own salad bar/rice bowl. They also have ginger gravy which sounds really weird, but is really tasty.

Prasad – Two locations with slightly different menus. Really good for breakfast, but they have a small amount of lunch items such as soups and salads, and are well known for their juice bar.

Sweet Lemon Vegan Bistro – Wraps, soups and salads with a leaning towards Asian flavors. A ways outside of the city, but still technically in Portland.

The Sudra – Indian vegan food. Highly recommend the pakora plate.

Veggie Grill – not quite fast food, but close to it. This California based chain has two Portland locations, and an extensive menu. Food is usually pretty quick, and very good.

Vegan Food Carts

Even the food carts have gotten into the fun of veganism! Note that by their nature food carts tend to move often, so be sure to check their website before going to get something to eat.

DC Vegetarian Cart – Currently located in one of the downtown food cart pods, they will be moving soon. Mostly vegan burgers and sandwiches they have some interesting options like grilled cheese, a BLT, and a bacon cheeseburger.

Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ – Literally vegan bbq. They have the typical sides most vegans get stuck with at a family BBQ, but they’ve also got a number of sandwiches.

Native Bowl – Bowls of rice with a variety of vegan toppings such as the Mississippi with BBQ soy curls, two BBQ sauces, dill peppercorn ranch, coleslaw and scallions on jasmine rice.

Whole Bowl – now has six locations. They only serve one item, the Bambino, a bowl of rice, beans, cilantro, olives, avocado, salsa and tali sauce. Without the sour cream and Tillamook Cheddar Cheese, 100% vegan.

Vegan Bars

Care for a meal with your drink? These full service bars serve vegan food.

The Bye and Bye – food served is outside of the normal bar good. It includes rice bows, several sandwiches, Spaghetti and meatballs (veggie of course,) and even grilled cheese!

Black Water Bar – (no website, 835 NE Broadway) – one of Portland’s newer vegan bars. No menu online, but they serve all your typical bar fare, just veganized for your pleasure.

Sweet Hereafter – Rice bowls, sandwiches and the Pretzel Burger.

Vegan Strip Bars

Because it actually does need it’s own category. In a city known for strip clubs, and vegan food, more then one person thought to bring them together.

Casa Diablo – Casa Diablo is probably Portland’s most famous strip bar – because of it’s vegan menu. Nothing special here as it mostly bar food, but it is good.

Hail Seitan – Located within Rose City Strip their heavy metal themed menu serves a ton of variations on your typical bar food like the Bits of gluttony – Hand made tater tots stuffed with either Satan Spit (habanero sriracha peanut butter) or green chili’s and chez.

Vegan Friendly Restaurants

Ok, if you’re still hungry after everything above, here are some of the better, vegan friendly restaurants in Portland. This list is far from complete.

Dots Cafe – Dots is legendary in the vegan scene within Portland, they set the trend for vegan places being famous for their drinks. It was among the first places that had a number of vegan options in the city.

East Side Deli – Three locations across the city that serve deli sandwiches. They have cards you mark to create your sandwich with one card specifically for Vegetarian/Vegan eaters

Fire On the Mountain – three locations that serve mostly wings with your choice of 12 different sauces that range from sweet and mild to scorch your tongue. Best of all, they have hands down the best vegan wings in Portland and possibly the entire West Coast.

Jam on Hawthorne – If there was one vegan friendly place that is a must go, Jam would be it for the breakfast. Located on Hawthorne, this is among Portland’s best breakfast places with a menu of items that come vega, or can also be easily made vegan. This is also one of the few “family friendly” vegan places in Portland, with a play area for kids!

Pho Van – one of the few Vietnamese places that has vegan broth for their Pho soup.

Farm Spirit – This is one of the more interesting restaurants on this list. One needs to make reservations and buy tickets for that time. The menu is a 10 to 12 course Prix Frie menu. They are vegetarian, but can do completely vegan for you.

Tin Shed – In my opinion, one of the best breakfasts in town, for carnivores and vegans. The Tim Curry (Roasted sweet potato, seasonal greens, mushroom, onion, roasted garlic and organic tofu in a yellow coconut-curry sauce topped with avocado, raisins and peanuts) is a perpetual favorite. They also have an extensive bar and like to infuse vodka for some interesting Bloody Marys flavors like ginger and garlic.

Vita Cafe – Not just friendly, but just a step removed from 100% vegan. They have a few items of meat on the menu, but most of the menu is vegan.

Vivi’s Vietnamese Noodle House – Pho place in Hillsboro that has awesome Canh Chua Chả Tôm Gà, a – Sweet Tamarind Specialty Soup that is phenomenal.

Vegan Groceries

Honorable mention for vegan grocers in Portland has to go to both New Seasons and Food Front. But both do carry meat and dairy items. If you want 100% vegan groceries, Food Fight on SE Stark is the place to go.

Complete list? Far from it! This is just a sampling of some of the better vegan food in PDX. What is your favorite vegan eatery in (or near) the City of Roses? Please comment below!

Hotels in Portland Oregon

Hotels in Portland Oregon

So you’ve been reading my blog for a while and now you are sold on visiting Portland! Congratulations! But, where are you going to stay??? AirBNB is a great solution, in fact I highly recommend it in any city in the Pacific Northwest. But be careful as the City of Portland requires these to have licenses and many owners are NOT licensing their properties! You could find yourself without a place to stay very easily if the City decides to crack down!!

Hotels in Portland Oregon

The Hotel deLuxe in Portland Oregon

Or you could try CouchSurfing. Yeah.. that was cool when you were twenty years old and only had enough money for gas and breakfast. Luckily, Portland has a number of cool hotels at many price points!

Choose your type of accommodation

Downtown Portland Hotels
McMenamins Portland area hotels
Portland Airport Hotels
Portland Bed and Breakfast
Portland Hostels
Portland Guest Houses
Portland Luxury Hotels

Or, visit one of Portland most interesting new “hotels” Caravan – the Tiny House Hotel!

Portland Guest Houses

Portland Guest Houses

If you’re still looking for a place to stay while visiting beautiful Portland, a guesthouse might just be great solution for you!

In theory, I’m not really sure why one would want to stay in a guest house though. But apparently they are becoming a bit more high class and are filling a spot between regular hotels and bed and breakfasts – a niche I didn’t know existed until recently. Never the less, many of these places actually look pretty dang cool and are certainly on my list of places to spend a bit of time if I for instance burn my house down or my wife gets a bit peeved at me.

Portland Guest Houses

The Everett Guest House

The Guest Houses

Bluebird Guesthouse
Clinton Street Guesthouse
Everett Street Guesthouse
Evermore Guesthouse
Friendly Bike Guest House
Northwest Portland Guesthouse
Northwest Portland International Hostel
Portland International Guesthouse
Tierra Soul Urban Farm Guesthouse