Cinema 21

616 N.W. 21st Avenue,
Portland, OR 97209

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Cinema 21©...Portland Oregon

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Opened in February 1928 as the State Theatre with 730 seats, and a William Wood 2 Manual/8 Ranks theatre organ. It was renamed Vista Theatre in 1941, and in 1942 it became the 21st Avenue Theatre. It became Cinema 21 from March 30, 1962. Cinema 21 is located in a thriving area of Portland on 21st Avenue. It is open, showing movies and appears to be in great shape. It has some glowing neon that really stands out at night. This one is a treasure!

Cinema 21 hosts several film festivals, including the Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 17, 2008 at 4:01 pm

A December 2008 b/w photo is here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 9, 2009 at 9:32 pm

This site has information about the theater organ that was installed in the State Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 13, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Here is a close-up of the marquee.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm

This is a 2009 photo of the marquee at night.

Douglas on July 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I worked at this theatre briefly while going to college. They were showing Polanski’s Macbeth at the time. I must have seen portions of it a hundred times. When the late show would start and no one was there we’d signal the projectionist and he’d turn it off so we could all go home. One night I couldn’t remember if I’d turned off the hot butter machine. Not driving at the time, I walked back at 3am just to make sure. Of course, I’d already turned it off.

MagicLantern on February 15, 2011 at 3:56 am

Also known as The Aero at some point in its life?

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 11:54 am

A 2011 photo can be seen here.

rivest266 on August 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

This reopened as Cinema 21 on March 30th, 1962. Grand opening ad in photo section.

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