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Dating on a whim: The 8 best off-the-wall Theaters in Portland, Oregon

Updated: Jun 19

With an average rainfall of 36.69 inches annually, it's not surprising that Portland offers a plethora of movie theaters. It has it's fair share of mainstream theaters but if you're looking for something more original for this date night, check out some of the best retro and indie theaters in Oregon.

1. Cameo 99W Drive-in Theatre

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Drive-ins are dying out, but the town of Newberg (about an hour from Portland) has supported this drive in since 1953 and it’s still going strong. For a fun, romantic and retro date-night, check out http://www.99w.com to see what’s playing.

304 E 1st St, Newberg, OR

2. Hollywood Theater

Opened in 1926, Hollywood Theater was known to locals as a silent movie theater and vaudeville house. Standing tall in Northeast Portland, the very neighborhood was named after this theater. Now, an icon in Portland, you'll get to experience a true architectural landmark and the films in their arsenal are more original that what's playing at the megaplexes. Check out what's playing at https://hollywoodtheatre.org/.

4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

3. Oak Grove 8 Cinema

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Family-owned retro theater with rock-bottom ticket prices for first-run movies. This is a quintessential blast from the past experiences. Worth noting is the rates are not only affordable but is also a great environment for viewers have sensory deficits and are on the spectrum. They not only allow you to bring in a weighted blanket but also allow care takers who accompany folks on the spectrum to watch for free.


16100 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland, OR 97267

4. Living Room Theater

Feeling hungry but also want some entertainment with you meal? Look no further than the Living Room Theater. Whoever came up with this concept is as much as a sloth as me, and I'm here for it. Not only can you catch dinner and a movie at this venue but they also offer live music! http://pdx.livingroomtheaters.com/index.cfm

341 SW Tenth Avenue, Portland OR 97205

5. Academy Theater

Finally somewhere cozy you can use your rainy day fund on an actual rainy day, and in Portland that opportunity comes around often. Enjoy cheap flicks at $4.00 a ticket, for any movie! They offer mainstream and independent films. Particularly exciting for parents on a night out, they offer babysitting! For the cost of $9.50 per child for the length of the movie. Double whammy! Find out more on the Academy website: http://www.academytheaterpdx.com/.

7818 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

6. Laurelhurst Theater

Boasting independent art and classic films and doubling as a pub and theater, the Laurelhurst is a one-stop shop for a night out. Originally opened in 1923 The Laurelhurt was one of the first art-deco style theaters of the period. Now offering four auditoriums with modern amenities but still maintains its classic style marquee. Check out showtimes at: https://www.laurelhursttheater.com/.

2735 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

7. Avalon Theatre

Featuring a cinema, lazer tag, and the only nickle arcade in Portland, Avalon Theater is hard to beat for a fun-filled date night. http://www.wunderlandgames.com

3451 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

8. America's First Ever 420 theater

Well, this is Portland, isn't it?

For a cool $10 entry you can enjoy a movie while you blaze up and there's free munchies! What more can you want!? Located at Olde Oak Studio, you can also muse over the artwork or get impromptu ink after your flick. Check their facebook page for event dates.

17050 SW Shaw St, Beaverton, OR 97078



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