Acme Theatre

23 North Russell Street,
Portland, OR 97227

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The Acme was one of many North Portland neighborhood theatres. It opened in 1910 and closed in 1915. The compitition of the other near by neighborhood theatres was too much. Theatres like the Aden, the Albina and the Columbia were all within walking distance of each other. All were built in 1910 or 1911 and closed just a few years later.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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robincash
robincash on March 8, 2005 at 7:21 am

Does anyone know where this theater is and how the building is currently being used? Robin Cash

robincash
robincash on March 8, 2005 at 7:31 am

Sorry I am new to this site and just realized the address is posted.

strawberry
strawberry on April 7, 2006 at 7:39 am

“The Acme Theatre, located at 23 North Russell Street, opened in 1910 and closed in 1915. Today nothing remains of the theater; the lot where it once stood is part of the Emanuel Hospital parking lot. Like many theaters built in the early part of the 20th century, the Acme suffered from competition with other North Portland neighborhood theaters. The Aden Theatre on North Mississippi Avenue, the Albina on North Russell Street, and the Columbia on North Lombard Street, all built in 1910 or 1911, also closed a few years later.”
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 29, 2007 at 11:00 pm

I think the status is closed/demolished, based on the above.

strawberry
strawberry on December 7, 2007 at 8:31 am

You can see a current photo of the theater’s former site here.

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