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Hollywood Theatre

This theatre and its amazing marquee harken back to the Golden Age of Hollywood.  


In a city filled with cinemas and movie lovers, there is no theatre in Portland whose facade can rival that of  the  Hollywood Theatre. 

The Hollywood originally opened in 1926 as a silent movie theatre equipped with an 8-piece orchestra and an organist. The spot was such a popular destination that the entire neighborhood was dubbed “Hollywood.”

This elaborate historic landmark was bought by the nonprofit Film Project Oregon in 1997, leading to a major restoration project after decades in disrepair. 

Today, the theatre is admired for its use of film projection, hosting various film series, and showings of classic movies. But even for those without the time or inclination to step inside, walking past the rococo tower and shining lights of the marquee is enough to feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.

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