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 49 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 23, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Thanks, Phantom Screen. You’re right on that one, but I noticed that an awful lot of stores and businesses seemed boarded up, or had soaped-up windows, which is another sign of a store or business that’s folded.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 23, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Here we go again. I didn’t post the above comment.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 28, 2009 at 10:58 am

This is a July 2009 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 5, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Here is a close-up shot of the Bagdad Theater.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

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

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on June 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

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

rivest266 on July 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm

This opened on January 14th, 1927

rivest266 on July 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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

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