2021 SE Hawthorne Boulevard,
Portland, OR 97214

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Mikeyisirish on November 29, 2012 at 11:06 am

A November 2012 photo can be seen here.

CSWalczak on September 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

It should be noted that this theater is independent and not associated with the Cinemagic theater chain.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

A 2012 photo can be seen here.

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Lost Memory on November 11, 2009 at 1:16 pm

No stale photos here. LOL Here is a November 2009 close-up photo.

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Lost Memory on August 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm

This is an August 2009 photo. No flashing marquee.

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Lost Memory on August 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Watch the marquee flashing here.

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Lost Memory on May 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm

This is a May 2008 photo.

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Lost Memory on April 19, 2008 at 10:24 pm

A 2008 photo can be seen here.

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Lost Memory on December 16, 2007 at 10:47 pm

Here is a more recent photo.

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Lost Memory on November 27, 2007 at 10:35 am

This is a recent photo of CineMagic.

castor801 on October 7, 2007 at 5:05 pm

I went to the Cinemagic last night to see Superbad. It does indeed have a small lobby where you buy your tickets and order concessions from behind the same counter. There were two people working, one handling tickets and the other doing concessions. It is far from a completely restored theatre, but you can see touches of its history here and there in the woodwork, smaller bathrooms, exterior and interior doors, and so on. The auditorium is done in blue walls and ceiling colors with blue curtains and a gold curtain that outlines the screen. There are tracks of tiny white lights worked into the walls that run up, across the ceiling, and back down the other wall staggered down length of the auditorium. The seats are not high back, but they are rockers upholstered in a pale orange. All in all this is a theatre with a lot of character. It is worth taking a trip to if you appreciate cinema treasures.

Teenacidal on August 12, 2007 at 10:49 pm

I love Cinemagic, it has a great old theater, amazing old atmosphere, still has the opening and closing of the Curtain before the movie starts and has vanilla coke! Like the old days where they add the vanilla, real cool.

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Lost Memory on July 11, 2007 at 11:58 am

Here is a close-up view of CineMagic.

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Lost Memory on June 14, 2006 at 9:50 am

This is a photo of CineMagic.

strawberry on April 7, 2006 at 1:43 am

“The CineMagic Theater at 2021 SE Hawthorne Boulevard opened in 1914 as the Palm.

It has since had a succession of owners and name changes, including

  • the Hawthorne (1915),
  • the Star Hawthorne (1934),
  • the Zephyr (1937),
  • the Plaza (1938),
  • the Fine Arts (1957),
  • the Columbia (1987), and finally
  • CineMagic (1991).

Along with tasty popcorn, tiny 1950s-style restrooms, and a glittering gold curtain that graces the stage, the 87-year-old theater features a mix of contemporary releases, second-run films, and classics—everything from foreign films to mainstream Hollywood.“
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KenRoe on January 14, 2006 at 2:21 am

Operating since the late 1940’s when it first opened as the 420 seat Plaza Theatre.

strawberry on January 13, 2006 at 8:42 pm

They may show an Indian film every once in a while, but they don’t specialize in only Indian films. I’ve seen Secret of Roan Inish, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Searchers, American Beauty, and Novocaine there. Right now they’re playing Capote.

The place is great because it’s obviously run by someone with a love of movies. Last time I went you could get real melted butter on your popcorn.

dnapdx on April 15, 2005 at 3:33 pm

The Cinemagic shows 2nd run films now. It seems if one is popular it will run for months at a time, like “Ray” seemed to be there for eternity.

DonLewis on July 17, 2004 at 11:09 pm

My wife and I saw “North Fork” at CineMagic in September, 2003. It is literally a one-man-show. One person takes the money, fixes the popcorn, runs the projector and opens and closes.