Eastgate Theater

2025 SE 82nd Avenue,
Portland, OR 97215

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rivest266
rivest266 on August 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm

This opened as a twin on October 26th, 1966 by the Eastgate Theatre Corporation (Moyer Family). Grand opening ad uploaded here.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Nice marquee job.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm

What Double feature,Ken Mc.thanks.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 19, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Here is a Lee Marvin/Soupy Sales double feature, circa late 1960s:
http://tinyurl.com/mtc24e

anila0
anila0 on May 28, 2009 at 11:43 am

It’s very nice that this building got renovated into a church. It looks very pretty inside. Not only that, in that building people praise the Lord. Now it’s the time to go to church and seek God. Movie theaters don’t do such a great job. I am very happy that Slavic community bought that building.

Whitmer73
Whitmer73 on May 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm

As manager/projection @ Eastgate between 91-96 It was a pleasure to run 70mm “Far And Away”, 993) Jurassic Park dts digital premiere openning weekend 50,000 box office, and 28,000 cocessions lots of money, ID4…. We had the best sound equipment money could buy. Act3 Theatres bragged this theatre to the Hollywood studios for openings. The master #1 Norocco Projector was bought by Paul Allen Cinerama’s theatre in Seattle and is still running 35/70 formats.

Customers said we had the best presentation of 35mm film. It was a pleasure to work and been the best ever. I wished McMenamins would of bought this theatre.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on December 13, 2008 at 9:43 pm

I happened to be browsing through the Portland OR theaters and remembered that there was a theater on 82nd that I visited twice; one in ‘94 and '97. Was Regal running the theater then or was it an outfit called Act III? If memory serves me correctly, it was Act III 82nd Ave and not Eastgate?

Back in the mid-90s or so, my brother and I used to live in Pendleton and when we would take the time for a roadtrip to Portland, we’d stop by and see a movie at one of the Act III theaters. I think I saw The Road to Wellville in #2 and Stargate in #1 back in ‘94. I was amazed at its huge screen and THX certified sound system. It was quite the killer sound system as it seemed you could not only hear but feel something when they’d play the THX keynote chord from the trailer. I moved back to MD but came back to visit in '97, where we saw Air Force One, to an almost sold out crowd. It was quite an experience to watch a movie in such a nice place and collectively enjoy Harrison Ford in a crowd pleasing thriller.

moviemirage
moviemirage on January 9, 2008 at 6:16 am

Hello, Ukranian Girl. Thanks for the information. You’ll excuse the movie lovers here, including myself, who wish this was still a theater. As you can see by the posts, there are a lot of collective memories about The Eastgate.

I have nothing against your/their religion or the fact that they bought the building. Our angst is directed at Regal Entertainment Group. I think we would all agree on that, here.

devchenka
devchenka on December 19, 2007 at 8:50 am

Hey guys, yea, the theater is now a Slavic Pentecostal Church. It’s original name is “Slavic Church Emmanuel” Slavic people are mostly Russian & Ukrainian. Anyway, they still have the chandelier there :) And yes, they demolished the food station. The first huge auditorium the right, they left and added a “balcony” to hold more people. The second auditorium, was transformed into a reception area for weddings and big dinners and the second auditorium was split in half, using the top for tens of classrooms, and the bottom, to a huge kitchen, walk in freezer, cooler, and a huge dining area. The window they cut out was for the classrooms they made. Hope this helps ;)

castor801
castor801 on September 29, 2007 at 3:55 pm

Hey all, my brother just tipped me off about this website and boy am I glad he did. I could talk and talk about this theater. I grew up in the Portland suburbs and have never been so angry about a theater closing as I was about the Eastgate! I was furious! My first memory of the Eastgate was going to see Three Fugitives in the big auditorium with my parents in 1988. Then as I grew older and became more of a film buff this theater became my first choice in seeing any big movie premiere. Several of my friends and I would go out of our way to see movies here, preferably always in the big auditorium because of the state of the art sound that was seemingly always being upgraded or fine tuned. I got to where I believed the Eastgate was one of the few theaters that presented a film with the sight and sound it was meant to be seen in. Stargate, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, The River Wild, Independence Day, Men In Black, Air Force One, Any Given Sunday, All three Stars Wars films when they were rereleased in 1997, and then Episode I in 1999 are just a few of my memories from this theater. My parents and I also saw Titanic there on opening day. I still laugh because I remember going to see Phenomenon in the smaller theater on the immediate right while ID4 was still playing in auditorium one and you could hear the dialogue and explosions on one side of the lobby from the THX and Digital sound, something that I loved but an elderly lady nearby dispised. What baffles me, and perhaps Brian can explain if he still follows this site, is I watched Regal upgrade the sound repeatly and replace all of the seats as well, in the years leading up to the close making it a modern cinema. Meanwhile the lobby and exterior rock finish retained it’s history… my point is this theater was still WIDELY popular and viable. It was not obsolete such as many of the three and four screen-late 1970s- mono sound cinemas Regal shuttered in the late 1990s as it built new stadiums, so it seems an awful business decision to me to close. I still shake my head everytime I drive past the “church.” Froggy if you are still trying to acquire this theater, or if anyone ever does, I am sure there is a multitude of film historians in Portland with fond memories like mine who would be happy to pitch in time, money, volunteer, do whatever to help bring back this lost gem!

David DeCoteau
David DeCoteau on June 23, 2007 at 3:46 pm

The marquee is still up. Reads “CHURCH EMMANUEL”

CodyJack
CodyJack on August 12, 2005 at 8:56 am

I found some photos of the Eastgate on Cinematour.com
Click the following link for more Eastgate goodness…
http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=2900

After seeing some of the photos, I can’t believe how big that lobby was and how much that chandelier added to it. Okay, I’m officially depressed! :(

CodyJack
CodyJack on August 4, 2005 at 9:37 am

Yes, from 1997-2001 when they closed. Started off doing the dirty work (usher work), then went into management from 1998 until it closed. Really the only time in my life where I was proud of doing my job, you know?? Customers really enjoyed the theater and most were proud to work there.

frogbert96
frogbert96 on August 4, 2005 at 9:31 am

interesting. so Brian, you use to work there?

CodyJack
CodyJack on August 4, 2005 at 9:01 am

That apartment was something else. As employees, we constantly tried reopening it and making it into an office. Long ago the management closed it off by drywalling it shut but some intrepid employees took it upon themselves to climb up through the ceiling and explore this now closed off space. After all those years, there was still a refrigerator and some other junk still residing in that space! The best part of that apartment was a large picture window that looked out over auditorium one!! Unfortunately green curtains covered the window, but all you had to do was pull them to the side and you could watch the movie in your own private room. I’m sure it didn’t sound that good, but you didn’t have to sit by the riff raff when checking out the flick.

chspringer
chspringer on August 3, 2005 at 5:32 am

The screen in the #1 auditorium was designed for Demension 150 and was quite impressive. The was an apartment located above the lobby next to the projection room which was intended for used by the theatre manager. The free living quarters were part of his salary.

prpolen
prpolen on August 3, 2005 at 2:50 am

Hi, Froggy, Mr. Linn and MovieMirage:

I was turned on to this site by a friend and am glad to read your posts. It’s great to know that others share the same warm feelings about the Eastgate Theater that I do. My earlest memories of the theater were watching “Earthquake” in sensaround with my folks back in the early 70s. I saw such films as “E.T., "Terms of Endearment,” “Blade Runner,” “Scarface,” “Back to the Future,” and “Indiana Jones” here. I love the monster 70mm screen on the left side of the theater and can still smell the popcorn. I remember my friend and I leaving the theater breathless after just seeing “Aliens” there. Froggy, and anyone else for that matter, if you are serious about reopening this theater, I think that would be a great idea, and I would love to help. Please inform us of you intentions and on how we
can help. It would be a great putting that 70mm screen to use again.

CodyJack
CodyJack on July 21, 2005 at 6:00 am

Froggy,

I’m sure that everyone in Portland would agree with me in saying that what you are trying to do is absolutely incredible news!! It’s good to know someone else out there still cares about this terrific building. I’m not sure if Tom Moyer still owns the property or not. Anyway, if you have any other questions or comments about the building itself, feel free to E-mail me at I’d love to help!

frogbert96
frogbert96 on June 28, 2005 at 10:07 am

Brian,
Interesting comments. Oddly enough, I am in the process of looking at purchasing the building for that very purpose. That is I’m working on it. We’ll see what comes of it.

Having grown up in that area and having a lot of memories of attending that theatre, I was very upset when it closed right on the verge of a great many big screen movies getting ready to open. Since then I have been working on a way to reopen the theatre. Thanks for the info on the current status.

CodyJack
CodyJack on June 14, 2005 at 8:51 am

I just wanted to quickly correct myself. The Eastgate was built as a duplex but later a third screen was added on. The second auditorium wasn’t split in half like I orginally stated.

Trust me, if I had the money I would be the first one to send the Russians packing. I would even throw in some extra dough so they could build themselves a nicer church. I don’t know, perhaps the damage has already been done. They added those windows in front of auditorium three. On top of that, I was there when they ripped out all of the seats, the concession stand, and even took razor blades to the screens so they could easily remove them. And the screen in the #1 theater was only a few years old!!

On top of all the problems with missing equipment, there are some structural problems with the building including a roof that is in dire need of replacing. We had to close off entire sections of the auditorium when it rained because ceiling tiles would fall. And when it rained really hard, you could hear a waterfall running down the wall behind auditorium #2’s screen.

If someone had enough money, I think you could really clean up that lot and building and make something special out of it. Maybe put a nice video store in auditorium 3, a good restaraunt in auditorium 2, and restore auditorium #1 to it’s full splendor.

moviemirage
moviemirage on May 9, 2005 at 7:00 am

Yeah, it’s a “church” now. The only reason I use quotes is, I have no idea what kind of church. Or how it qualifies as such. They are adding windows to the front of the theater now. At least they paved the lot. I drove in there the other day. Not much activity. I was at the Raiders showing. I also saw Midway and Rollercoaster there, in “sensurround”. Saw Close Encounters 10 times or more there. I wish someone with some dough would buy it and restore it. Such a shame.

dnapdx
dnapdx on April 15, 2005 at 12:25 pm

Now the huge sign that sits out front that used to read EASTGATE THEATER has been altered so they painted over the word THEATER and on the marquee that used to hold all the movie titles the word C H U R C H is spaced out. So now it is the Eastgate Church. I am kind of curious to go inside.

rapidheart
rapidheart on May 30, 2004 at 5:32 pm

The Eastgate also hosted the sneak preview of HALLOWEEN in 1978. I haven’t heard an audience scream louder before or since.