2025 SE 82nd Avenue,
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Built in 1966, the Eastgate Theater became the prime place to view the big summer blockbusters. Originally, the Eastgate was built with two screens, which seated 1,300 and 500. Later one of the screens was divided in half, creating a tri-plex. The number one large auditorium kept it’s size throughout the decades. The other two auditoriums seated approximately 400 people each.
Each auditorium was equipped with up-to-date digital sound, including the Dolby Digital 6.1 EX processor in the number one theater.
After the opening of the Century 16 just a half a mile away, there seemed to be no reason to keep the much older Eastgate Theater open however many Portlanders seemed to disagree. In February of 2001, Regal Cinemas decided to close the doors for good. Thousands of people attended a final showing of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in the famous number one auditorium. The building is now used as a church.
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