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!

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