Monthly Archives: February 2011

Some Hollywood Theatre Photos

In my every day scouring of the internet, I came across this IFC article about theater nostalgia and the reality of the situation which led me to I’d been there before when I first moved to Portland and was looking up information on various theaters around town, but I didn’t read the comments. Having been directed there once again, I took it upon myself to look up the Hollywood Theatre to see what people had to say. It turns out that a lot of people want to share photos.

I think most of us have seen these beautiful shots around the theater lobby or in the Theaters of Portland book, but I took more of an interest in the photos from the second run era which Cinema Treasures describes as,

Although still standing, the Hollywood Theatre spent the last 30 years quietly slipping into a state of disrepair, operating as a nearly forgotten discount movie house.

(The site says much nicer things about it’s current situation.)

Here are some photos of that time period (and one from way earlier). It’s also kind of neat to catch glimpses of the building that used to occupy the vacant lot next door.

Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife campaining, driving in car, waving to crowds.


Trailer Monday

Vanishing on 7th Street

Cold Weather

Bag It

Stripperland — Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th at Midnight

Some things to get you excited for the Oscars

In the lead up to the Oscar telecast (which the Hollywood Theatre will be screening for free!), I thought I’d supply you with some links to ramp up your excitement.

Did I mention we will be showing the Oscars? I did? Well then, in addition to that, we’ll be having a Predict the Winners Contest. It’s time to get an edge on the competition. Oh, and Paul Feig’s picks (creator of Freaks and Geeks, in case ya didn’t know).

We’ll also be having themed cocktails based on all of the Best Picture Nominees (I happen to know what some of the concoctions are and they are pretty clever and amazing, but no spoilers from me!). With that in mind, The New York Times had some New York bartenders create cocktails based on the four acting categories. Check it out and see how ours measure up (maybe we’ll have something like last year’s Avatar-inspired drink that left everyone walking around with blue tongues).

Finally, Life posted an amazing photo spread of historical Oscar pictures. There’s a lot of humor, emotion, and beauty captured here and something about the black and white photography calls to me.

That’s all for now. See you Sunday!

Trailer Monday (Update)

127 Hours

Barney’s Version

Franklin Wunder — Saturday, Feb. 26th at 12 PM

The Oscars at the Hollywood Theatre

Just like every year, the Hollywood Theatre will be hosting an Oscar soiree on Sunday, February 27, but there is one key difference: this year, it’s FREE! Festivities begin at 3:30.

There will be themed cocktails, memorabilia auctions, a predict the winner auction, and local comedian hosts (Mikey Kampmann and Ian Karmel). The doors open at 3:30 and we’ll be rocking until the show stops. You don’t have to dress to the nines, but don’t let that stop you. Everyone loves a chance to turn a few heads.

To help get you in the mood, we’re showing the live action and animated short programs all week long leading up to the Oscars. And to further help the mood, here’s a list of Oscar nominees that have been banned.


The Hollywood Weekend

We’ve got a lot going on this weekend and aside from just reminding you, I wanted to give out a few tips as well (because I’m just a helpful fella). First, as part of our regular programming for the week, the Oscar-nominated Shorts program is returning on Friday and will be running all week! I know that I always feel a little out of the loop when they get to the shorts because I’ve rarely seen any (except for Pixar entries), so this is a great way to get up to speed (perhaps for our FREE Oscar Night Party?).

There will also be a free screening of The Athlete on Friday at 7 PM as part of the Cascade Festival of African Films. We had a CFAF screening two weeks ago and it was packed, so if you are planning on coming, I urge you to show up early as it’s first come, first serve seating.

And if that isn’t enough, we will be showing not one, but TWO PIFF After Dark films.  Rubber is showing Friday at 11:30 P.M. and Outrage will show Saturday at 11:30 P.M. Tickets are going fast for these films and I strongly advise purchasing them in advance.

Tickets for Rubber
Tickets for Outrage

That’s it for now and have a great weekend! Hope to see you at the theater!

RoboCop to Defend a Very Limited Section of Detroit?

RoboCop shall not be denied. Not if the denizens of the internet have anything to say about it, at least. Even though Detroit’s mayor already rejected plans for a RoboCop statue, that didn’t stop concerned citizens from uniting against the powers that be to raise the money themselves. Whether the statue will be erected is still up in air, though.

Please, please, please keep the mask on.

I happen to think that this is awesome. As the Kickstarter points out, Philly has a statue of Rocky, so why not? Plus, there are statues of fictional characters/beings all over the world, just none as awesome as RoboCop.

Alternatively, if they want to put up a statue of RowBoat Cop, I’m OK with that, too.