Rose Moyer Theatre
16501 SE Division Street,
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This was my favorite theatre in Portland. I just went back to Portland in May 2004 and looked for it. It was leveled and is now a mall of some sort. It was named after Larry Moyer and Tom Moyer’s (two rival theater chain owners who were also brothers) mother. It was built in the mid 70s and essentially was the place where you saw all the B movies during Portland’s wet (not drive-in friendly) climate. It was also a multiplex without velvet ropes so you were almost encouraged to go in every auditorium and check out all six movies.
It didn’t have an architectual design. Just flat and boxy and went up quick. The place always smelled new. You could also see the projection system from the lobby. All six projectors hovered above the snack bar and the booth didn’t have walls. You could actually talk to the projectionist from the lobby. It was the first time I saw a “platter” system.
I have since gone on to make about 60 B movies myself and currently live in Canada. I blame or thank the Rose Moyer for the many inspirations. Great memories.
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