Cinema in the city

Bagdad Theater & Pub
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

A great example of Portland’s cinematic brewpubs, the Bagdad is part of the McMenamins chain and boasts arguably the most colorful history of all their theaters. Not only does it present discount films in its cozy auditoriums, it also hosts live comedy, music and events. Besides the amazing architecture, one of the Bhagdad’s big draws is watching your movie while drinking one of McMenamins’ famous varieties of beer.

Hollywood Theatre

4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

This one might be cheating because it’s not a traditional movie theater, but if you love cinema, the Hollywood Theatre is a must-see. Built in 1926, the building has been renovated to include 50-foot screens and digital surround-sound systems, and there’s always something unique on the schedule. The nonprofit theater presents screenings of classic, independent and campy films, and it even hosts its own Oscars party.

Laurelhurst Theater
2735 E Burnside St.

The historic Laurelhurst opened in 1923, but it’s been a theater and pub combo for the last 12 years. The movies aren’t the most recent—like many of the pub theaters, they’re discounted, second-run films—but the pub serves pizza, wraps, wine and microbrews. At the Laurelhurst, every show after 5:30 p.m. is 21 and over—sorry, minors! But if you’ve ever sat through crying babies in an R-rated film, you’ll love this rule.

Living Room Theaters
341 SW 10th Ave.

For an awesome and distinct moviegoing experience, it’s hard to beat the Living Room. Open since 2006, this theater was the first in the country to feature entirely digital projection.
Living Room features a fantastic blend of Hollywood films and independent movies that you can’t find anywhere else. The cafe serves salads and desserts along with beer and wine, and everything is remarkably affordable, including the tickets.

Regal Fox Tower
Stadium 10
846 SW Park Ave.

If you’re just looking to see a recently released film at a good theater, Regal Fox Tower is a great option. It’s located on the second floor of the Fox Tower skyscraper, within walking distance of Portland State.This theater has more of a conventional vibe, but it’s got comfortable seating and a friendly staff, as well as a great selection of films that’s way more “art house” than blockbuster. It’s perfect for those who just want to see a current film without the pub-style environment.