Jantzen Beach Theater

N. Hayden Island Drive,
Portland, OR 97217

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I think this was a tri-plex in the Jantzen Beach Mall. I remember the Sunday kiddie matinees when I was a kid in the early-1970’s.

Contributed by David DeCoteau

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MotoFox
MotoFox on September 11, 2013 at 11:35 pm

If I recall correctly, it was where the middle block of stores now stands, behind the mall and north of the Home Depot.

Opened as “Jantzen Beach Tri-Cinema” by Tom Moyer’s “Luxury Theatres” firm and absorbed by Act III in the late 1980s. Layout was similar to that of the Cascade Park 4 in Vancouver, with a second large auditorium where the latter’s two smaller ones would be. (See blueprint sketch on the Cascade Park 4 page.) Closed around 1995ish and bulldozed when the shopping complex underwent its first major wave of redevelopment, which also involved demolishing a large portion of the mall.

Today, the only physical evidence that there was ever a cinema at Jantzen Beach is the marquee billboard which (I think, since I don’t make it down that way very often these days) still stands along the southbound side of I-5 behind the Denny’s restaurant, a short distance south of the onramp.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 3, 2014 at 11:39 pm

December 8th, 1972 grand opening ad in photo section.

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