Bagdad Theater

3702 SE Hawthorne Boulevard,
Portland, OR 97214

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Bagdad Theater

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Built by Universal Pictures, in 1927, for a then-enormous amount of $100,000, this opulent theater was built with Middle Eastern influences that adorn the theater’s exterior and interior.

The Bagdad Theater was not only a first-run movie theater, but a key venue on the vaudeville circuit into the 1940’s. When television killed these stage shows, the Bagdad Theater switched to a film-only schedule, a format it has maintained to this day, with one exception.

The Bagdad Theater is now run by the McMenamin brothers who operate the theater as a one-of-a-kind second-run theater that mixes classic film and classic food. The theater is now a perfect place to eat some pizza, drink a beer, and see a great movie.

Contributed by Tony Daniel

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 12, 2007 at 4:07 am

I like the facade. Besides, they’re different angles, and one is at night.

droben
droben on September 12, 2007 at 6:27 am

Simon, you might want to check out cinematour.com. They feature many theater “tours,” of which many have lobby and auditorium photos (including the Bagdad).

Cinematour and Cinema Treasures work very well together for the total picture. As was pointed out by another poster on another theater page, Cinema Treasures is primarily a cinema nostalgia site, while Cinematour aims to document via photos, every known (existing or not, open or not) theater in the world. It also features an entertaining forum.

philbertgray
philbertgray on September 17, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Several excellent color shots of the interior and exterior of the Baghdad for those of you who haven' checked out the McMinamens website

View link

Click on the gallery link directly below the shot of the exterior

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Various photos of the Bagdad can be seen here, here and here.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on June 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

The local residents and merchants are very lucky to have such a vibrant cinema in their midst.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 1, 2012 at 12:42 am

This opened on January 14th, 1927

rivest266
rivest266 on August 1, 2012 at 12:42 am

It’s grand opening ad is uploaded in the photo section for this theatre.

spectrum
spectrum on June 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Their new official webpage has a couple good auditorium photos (one alternates with an exterior one at the top) – at http://www.mcmenamins.com/467-bagdad-theater-pub-history

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