Hollywood Theatre

4122 NE Sandy Boulevard,
Portland, OR 97212

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Giles on March 23, 2015 at 1:58 pm

did anyone check out last weekend’s 70mm screening of ‘2001’ ?

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

A few photos can be seen here, here and here.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Does the main theatre still have its CINERAMA Screen?

canibfrankwithyou on September 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

One of my coleagues and I drove non stop from Toledo Ohio in the mid 70’s to deliver the new projection equipment for the triplexing of the theatre. Two sets of “EPRAD” SWORD Systems were installed to accomodate the twinning of the balcony level. The new projectors were designed to provide fully automated operation of the film presention.

kaydee22 on January 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I worked as an “usherette” along with my girlfriends who went to high school at both Marycrest High School (now the Western States Orthopedic College) and US Grant High School, in 1966-1967. Quite the memories. Wearing a replica race car driver helmet while seating patrons to watch Steve McQueen in ‘Grand Prix’ for example. Balcony duty for more than 2 months while the Sound of Music ran for record crowds. Cleaning the popcorn machine, etc. etc. It was quite the instituation back in the 1960’s and should be preserved as what the theatres were at that time as well, not just when it was first built. Part of a true Americana, much like the Alberta Theater where we watched Ma & Pa Kettle on Saturdays for 25cents!

spectrum on December 10, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Don’t know how far they’ve gotten with the renovation, but the outside has been nicely redone – all painted white with trim, kind of a stucco design. / mission revival. Strange feature about this theatre, the auditorium extends straigh back from the street, but the main facade/marquee is on the corner of the building, despite all the street frontagethe building has. The foyer/mezzanine simply backs up against the sidewalk. Looks like they pushed that right up to the sidewalk to extend the auditorium and the only place to put the entrance was on the corner under the curved marquee (which is flat against the building). Interesting effect and I’m glad they’ve been making progress on restoration.

kencmcintyre on November 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Here is a 1956 photo from Life Magazine:

William on September 17, 2008 at 10:07 am

In some of the 1980 vintage shots of the vertical sign you can still see the neon tubing from it’s Cinerama days.

William on September 17, 2008 at 9:52 am

That link did not work.

philbertgray on September 17, 2008 at 9:43 am

Daggnabbit I forgot the link – sorry, here it is

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philbertgray on September 17, 2008 at 9:42 am

This photo was taken in the lobby during a filmmakers event. Looks like the wall shape and chandeliers are the same. The walls have probably been painted.

castor801 on November 1, 2007 at 11:41 pm

The building immediately west of the Hollywood burned down in a spectacular blaze back in 1997. A good friend of mine who worked for Portland Fire at the time was one of the first responding and helped save this great place. I remember seeing news footage of firefighters in the balcany lobby at 5 a.m. laying hoselines to project water out the windows onto the exterior walls and prevent it from developing into an exposure fire. Recently when I have driven by the theatre I have noticed the empty lot next door where that building once stood, and how dangerously close it did stand, and thanked God for the efforts of Portland’s bravest!

I had the privilage of seeing “Return Of The Jedi” originally in one of the balcony auditoriums, which along with “E.T” and “Ghostbusters” are my earliest film going memories, although the first is the only one I saw at the Hollywood. In 1990 my parents drug me to see a double feature of “Always” and “Steele Magnolias” in one of the balcony auditoriums with them. I recall it vividly because “Look Who’s Talking” was playing in the opposite balcony auditorium at the time and I would have preferred to see that and meet them afterward. The most recent film I have seen at the Hollywood was “Party Monster.” This is a great theatre, but you often have to act quick if you want to see a film there because they typically last only a week and then move on. Hence, the sad fact that it has been three years since I have been there. That is no excuse though. If you are a fan of cinema treasures and are in Portland ever, do yourself a favor and pay a visit!

HowardBHaas on September 25, 2007 at 5:23 pm

It is easy to visit the Internet site from Philadelphia. I’ve never been to Oregon or Washington, but eventually….

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on September 25, 2007 at 5:18 pm

Many thanks Howard… maybe I’ll see you there?

HowardBHaas on September 25, 2007 at 4:24 pm

It would appear balcony was split up:

The website says:
The Hollywood Theatre became a mecca for film-goers in the early 1960s when it became the only Cinerama theater in Oregon. Portions of the building – especially the frame of the massive curved screen in the downstairs auditorium – are a testament to that time.

and also says:

The main floor auditorium seats 460 (35mm/16mm/DLP/live performance).
The upstairs west auditorium seats 171 (35mm/16mm/DLP/live performance).
The upstairs east auditorium seats 219 (35mm only)
The Mezzanine lobby can accommodate up to 125 comfortably for a reception(depending on table set-up)

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on August 28, 2007 at 5:47 pm

I see the Broadway is listed as “triplex” but wonder if the main auditorium is still in tact and the balcony was twinned?

GaryParks on April 15, 2007 at 8:11 pm

My wife and I enjoyed seeing “The Lives of Others” at the Hollywood week-before-last. The exterior is looking really nice. The Fifties-style marquee still does its job in a tawdry way, but the rest of the exterior is painted nicely, and the newly repainted and relamped vertical sign is an animated stunner! It’s a wonderful thing that is happening at the Hollywood. Though clearly there is much work to be done, much has already been accomplished. If I lived in or near Portland, I’d get involved in it!

hollywooder on July 26, 2006 at 8:49 pm

Jensen – Would you be willing to contact the people at the Hollywood Theater? We’re starting the campaign to restore the building and would love to hear more about the history about the theater and your grandfather’s contribution to one of the great landmarks in Portland.

mejens30 on July 20, 2006 at 10:18 am


mejens30 on July 20, 2006 at 10:17 am


kencmcintyre on December 28, 2005 at 6:29 pm

There was also a Hollywood Theater in Salem. Here is a link. You have to browse a bit to see the photo: