Laurelhurst Theater & Pub
2735 E. Burnside Street,
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The Laurelhurst Theater (Official)
Functions: Bar, Movies (Classic), Movies (Independent), Movies (Second Run)
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Laurelhurst Theater
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Located in the Kerns district to the east of the city. This is a cool old theater with a beautiful neon sign. The Laurelhust Theater opened in 1923 with 650-seats. It has been split into a 4-screen theatre. It became a theatre pub around 2000. They play only good second run films and offer typical concessions plus gourmet pizza and beer!
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Listed in various editions of Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity of 650 or 660 when it was a single screen theatre.
I saw and photographed this neon treasure for the first time less than two weeks ago. Truly a must for neon buffs. With regards to the above comment that the theatre opened in 1923, that’s not a surprise. The exterior sidewalls of the auditorium clearly look much older than the facade. Ornamental brickwork and tile clearly make a 1920s date of original construction very likely.
This is great Theater! It has a friendly staff, comfortable seating, decent food, and plenty of beer if you so desire. Wait a month or two and you can see the same movie Regal will charge nine dollars to attend for three dollars here only with much better atmosphere! They also acquire old movies year-round and run them for a week at a time. They are usually themed around some event or a time of the year. For example I have gone and seen: Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, Ghostbusters, and The Goonies here.
A classic neighborhood theatre. It was remodeled in 1953. The entrance used to be around the block on the east side of the building. When they reopened with the new facade there was quite a celebration. That the entrance was moved around the block is the reason the lobby is so long.
The Laurelhust had the first wide screen in Portland. It was likely part of the 1953 remodeling.
A great theatre. In the 1950s it was managed by gentlemen who always wore tuxedo jackets. They also had Wednesday “vacation movies” for which you could buy a ticket at Kerns School to be punched each week.
For those who grew up near the Laurelhurst, what played: 1/1/55 SABRINA, SUDDENLY 1/8/55 A STAR IS BORN, HUMAN JUNGLE 1/15/55 WHITE CHRISTMAS, STORMY 1/22/55 HELD OVER 1/29/55 VANISHING PRAIRIE, LAST TIME I SAW PARIS, WILLIE THE OPER 2/5/55 DESIREE, PHFFFT 2/12/55 ATHENA, SO THIS IS PARIS 2/19/55 DEEP IN MY HEART, GOLDEN MISTRESS, KING SOLOMON’S MINES 2/26/55 THERE’S NO BUSINESS, FIRE OVER AFRICA 3/5/55 THERE’S NO BUSINESS, DESTRY 3/12/55 20000 LEAGUES, THE LITTLE KIDNAPERS 3/19/55 CARMEN JONES, BLACK KNIGHT 3/26/55 VERA CRUZ, THE DETECTIVE 4/2/55 HELD OVER 4/9/55 BRIDGES AT TOKO-RI, BOB MATHIAS STORY 4/16/55 JUPITER’S DARLING, CAPTAIN LIGHTFOOT 4/23/55 HIT THE DECK, CHIEF CRAZY HORSE 4/30/55 FAR COUNTRY, ON THE WATERFRONT 5/7/55 LONG GRAY LINE, SIAM 5/14/55 BATTLE CRY, ROBINSON CRUSOE (COUNTRY GIRL, TALL IN THE SADDLE) 5/21/55 THREE FOR THE SHOW, MAN WITHOUT A STAR 5/28/55 EAST OF EDEN, CONQUEST OF SPACE 6/4/55 A MAN CALLED PETER, ESCAPE TO BURMA 6/11/55 HELD OVER 6/18/55 THE GLASS SLIPPER, THE PURPLE PLAIN 6/25/55 DADDY LONG LEGS, THE AMERICANO 7/2/55 BLACKBOAD JUNGLE, TIGHT SPOT 7/9/55 SEA CHASE, MAGNIFICENT MATADOR 7/16/55 SON OF SINBAD, BAREFOOT CONTESSA 7/23/55 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, FIVE AGAINST THE HOUSE 7/30/55 LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME, PRIZE OF GOLD 8/6/55 DAVY CROCKETT, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ 8/13/55 FAR HORIZONS, FOXFIRE 8/20/55 COBWEB, FRANCIS JOINS THE NAVY 8/27/55 SEVEN YEAR ITCH, WICHITA 9/3/55 HELD OVER 9/10/55 PRIVATE WAR OF MAJOR BENSON, WIZARD OF OZ 9/17/55 SEVEN LITTLE FOYS, HOUSE OF BAMBOO 9/24/55 MR. ROBERTS, DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE 10/1/55 HELD OVER 10/8/55 THE KENTUCKIAN, FEMALE ON THE BEACH 10/15/55 IT’S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER, PETE KELLY’S BLUES 10/22/55 LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING, MARTY 10/29/55 MCCONNELL STORY, WE’RE NO ANGELS 11/5/55 LEFT HAND OF GOD, TO CATCH A THIEF 11/12/55 HELD OVER 11/19/55 BLOOD ALLEY, GENTLEMEN MARRY BRUNETTES 11/26/55 TALL MEN, LIVING SWAMP 12/3/55 MY SISTER EILEEN, THE TALL MEN 12/10/55 GIRL IN THE RED VELVET SWING, I AM A CAMERA 12/17/55 TRIAL, INTERRUPTED MELODY 12/24/55 VIEW FROM POMPEY’S HEAD, MAN WITH THE GUN 12/31/55 REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, ILLEGAL
1/7/56 IT’S A DOG’S LIFE, SINCERELY YOURS
1/14/56 GOOD MORNING, MISS DOVE, PHENIX CITY STORY
1/21/56 TENDER TRAP, TEXAS LADY
1/28/56 AFRICAN LION, TENDER TRAP
2/4/56 INDIAN FIGHTER, 3 STRIPES IN THE SUN
2/11/56 RAINS OF RANCHIPUR, SECOND GREATEST SEX
2/18/56 COURT MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL, SQUARE JUNGLE
2/25/56 TROUBLE WITH HARRY, THE SPOILERS
3/3/56 LIEUTENANT WORE SKIRTS, TROUBLE WITH HARRY
3/10/56 LIEUTENANT WORE SKIRTS, RANSOM
3/17/56 ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS, BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE
3/24/56 HELEN OF TROY, RED SUNDOWN
3/31/56 MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM, AT GUNPOINT
4/7/56 THE YEARLING, NORTHWEST PASSAGE
4/14/56 LITTLEST OUTLAW, NEVER SAY GOODBYE
4/21/56 THE CONQUEROR, BACKLASH
4/28/56 COMANCHE!, OUR MISS BROOKS
5/5/56 PICNIC, ON THE THRESHOLD OF SPACE
5/12/56 HELD OVER
5/19/56 I’LL CRY TOMORROW, ANYTHING GOES
5/26/56 HELD OVER
6/2/56 GUYS AND DOLLS, THE SWAN
6/9/56 HELD OVER
6/16/56 MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT, TRIBUTE TO A BAD MAN
6/23/56 HELD OVER
6/30/56 BIRDS AND THE BEES, FORBIDDEN PLANET
7/7/56 MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, BIRDS AND THE BEES
7/14/56 THE SEARCHERS, MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
7/21/56 D-DAY THE SIXTH OF JUNE, SONG OF THE SOUTH
7/28/56 BHOWANI JUNCTION, AUTUMN LEAVES
8/4/56 TOY TIGER, 23 PACES TO BAKER STREET
8/11/56 GABY, THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE
8/18/56 SANTIAGO, EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS
8/25/56 TRAPEZE, FRANCIS IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE
9/1/56 EDDIE DUCHIN STORY, JOHNNY CONCHO
9/8/56 AWAY ALL BOATS, EDDIE DUCHIN STORY
9/15/56 RUN FOR THE SUN, AWAY ALL BOATS
9/22/56 SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME, WALK THE PROUD LAND
9/29/56 KING AND I, THE LADYKILLERS
10/6/56 HELD OVER
10/13/56 AMBASSADOR’S DAUGHTER, PILLARS OF THE SKY
10/20/56 THE BURNING HILLS, THE FIRST TRAVELING SALESLADY
10/27/56 HIGH SOCIETY, THE FIRST TEXAN
11/3/56 BUS STOP, HIGH SOCIETY
11/10/56 MOBY DICK, BANDIDO
11/17/56 TEA AND SYMPATHY, BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
11/24/56 SOLID GOLD CADILLAC, LISBON
12/1/56 UNGUARDED MOMENT, SOLID GOLD CADILLAC
12/8/56 THE OPPOSITE SEX, TENSION AT TABLE ROCK
12/15/56 TEENAGE REBEL, OPPOSITE SEX
12/22/56 HELD OVER
12/29/56 THE GIRL HE LEFT BEHIND, POWER AND THE PRIZE
1/5/57 FRIENDLY PERSUASION, COME NEXT SPRING 1/12/57 THE MOUNTAIN, EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH 1/19/57 JULIE, THE SHARKFIGHTERS 1/29/57 LUST FOR LIFE, YOU CAN’T RUN AWAY FROM IT 2/2/57 GIANT 2/9/57 HELD OVER 2/16/57 KING & FOUR QUEENS, GREAT AMERICAN PASTTIME 3/2/57 TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON, DON’T KNOCK THE ROCK 3/9/57 WRITTEN ON THE WIND, 4 GIRLS IN TOWN 3/16/57 THE IRON PETTICOAT, ZARAK 3/23/57 BUNDLE OF JOY, THE WRONG MAN 3/30/57 TOP SECRET AFFAIR, SILENT WORLD 4/6/57 THE WINGS OF EAGLES, THE RAINMAKER 4/13/57 BATTLE HYMN, OH MEN OH WOMEN 4/20/57 FULL OF LIFE, MEN IN WAR 4/27/57 THE BIG LAND, A COWBOY NEEDS A HORSE 5/4/57 CINDERELLA, THE BRAVE ONE 5/11/57 MISTER CORY, THE TATTERED DRESS 5/18/57 HEAVEN KNOWS MR. ALLISON, KELLEY AND ME 5/25/57 DESIGNING WOMAN, HEAVEN KNOWS MR. ALLISON 6/1/57 FUNNY FACE, 10000 BEDROOMS 6/8/57 BOY ON A DOLPHIN, FUNNY FACE 6/15/57 SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS, BOY ON A DOLPHIN 6/22/57 BACHELOR PARTY, ABANDON SHIP 6/29/57 DESK SET, THIS COULD BE THE NIGHT 7/6/57 WAYWARD BUS, HELLCATS OF THE NAVY 7/13/57 OKLAHOMA, DEEP ADVENTURE 7/20/57 GUNFIGHT AT O.K. CORRAL, PUBLIC PIGEON # 1 7/27/57 JOE BUTTERFLY, GUNFIGHT AT O.K. CORRAL 8/3/57 TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR, THE LONELY MAN 8/10/57 ISLAND IN THE SUN, TWO GROOMS FOR A BRIDE 8/17/57 DELICATE DELINQUENT, ISLAND IN THE SUN 8/24/57 BERNARDINE, DELICATE DELINQUENT 8/31/57 NIGHT PASSAGE, BEAU JAMES 9/7/57 AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, MIDNIGHT STORY 9/14/57 LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON, MAN ON FIRE 9/21/57 SILK STOCKINGS, OMAR KHYYAM 9/28/57 BAND OF ANGELS, TARZAN AND THE LOST SAFARI 10/5/57 JEANNE EAGLES, OKLAHOMAN 10/12/57 PRIDE & THE PASSION, FUZZY PINK NIGHTGOWN 10/19/57 PAJAMA GAME, THE GREEN MAN 10/26/57 HAPPY ROAD, 3:10 TO YUMA 11/2/57 JET PILOT, SEA WIFE 11/9/57 UNTIL THEY SAIL, JET PILOT 11/16/57 TENDER TRAP, COURAGE OF BLACK BEAUTY 11/23/57 HELEN MORGAN STORY, LOSER TAKES ALL 11/30/57 JOKER IS WILD, THREE FACES OF EVE 12/7/57 40 GUNS, JOKER IS WILD 12/14/57 STOPOVER TOKYO, PURSUIT OF THE GRAF SPEE 12/21/57 TIME LIMIT, DEVIL’S HAIRPIN 12/28/57 JAILHOUSE ROCK, ESCAPADE IN JAPAN
Laurelhurst will be all digital by the end of December 2011. Apparently they’ll be keeping one 35mm projector for some of their repertoire screenings – but not all of the repertoire screenings. One hopes they’ll reveal which will be 35mm to draw film aficionados as, for the last few years, Laurelhurst has been offering excellent 35mm presentation; properly framed and with consistently sharp focus.
A few 2012 photos can be seen here and here, while 2010 photos can be seen here, here and here.
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