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Entertainment:  Movie Theaters

Updated October 2017

Article feature:  "12 Ways to Save Big Bucks on Movie Tickets" from NextAvenue.com
Article feature:  Arthouse Movie Theater ratings from Willamette Week June 2017
Article feature:  Neighborhood Movie Theater ratings
from Willamette Week June 2017

5th Avenue Cinema
User submission (02/18/2013): 

"5th Avenue Cinema, on the Portland State University campus, offers free/cheap movies which are open to the public. Most showtimes are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We screen an eclectic selection of camp, cult, classic, and contemporary independent and mainstream films. Oregon's only student run cinema has been operating non-profit since 1989. Our goals are to provide further education for PSU students interested in film, as well as a fun place for people to see something they wouldn’t ordinarily get to see on the big screen. The general public is always invited to attend and there is FREE popcorn at every show.  Admission  is free for PSU students, faculty, staff & alumni w/ID; $3 for all other students & seniors; and $4 General Admission."
Academy Theater & Pub Located in the Montavilla neighborhood near SE 82nd & Stark.  Three screens showing second-run flicks.  Only $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $3 for kids.  Special days include:  Monday Movie Madness (watch any two consecutive movies for $6 adults, $5 for children and seniors); Two for Tuesdays (buy one ticket, get one free).  Pizza, beer and babysitting is available.  See website for more details.
Cinemagic Theater
Located in close-SE Portland off of 20th & Hawthorne, this is an independent single-screen theater that shows first-run movies, second-run films and classics.
All showings before 6pm are Matinees = $5.00 per person
All showings after 6pm are General Admission = $7.00 per person
Children under 11, Seniors 62 and over, Military and Student with ID are all $5.00 per person
Tuesday screenings are at matinee prices all day long
Cinemark Century Theaters
Three locations in the Portland area.  Tuesday is Discount Day with most movies at $5.50 all day.  The 'Early Bird' first matinee showtime of the day is only $7.25.   You can also sign up for Cinemark's weekly email to receive free weekly concession coupons and other offers.
Cinetopia Mill Plain 8

Cinetopia Progress Ridge
$5 Tightwad Tuesdays at the Mill Plain location.  These prices are good for all movies on Tuesdays with no restrictions.  In addition, they offer $2 popcorn & $2.50 Coors Draft. 

$6 Tightwad Tuesdays at the Progress Ridge location.  These prices are good for all movies on Tuesdays with no restrictions.  In addition, they offer $2.50 Popcorn & $3 Select Domestic Drafts.
Clinton Street Theater
Local landmark in SE Portland, offers independent films and live events.  Please see web site for tickets and pricing.  Some screenings are by a suggested donation basis, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Electric Castle's Wunderland Cinemas
Located in SE Portland at the Avalon Theater, Gresham.  Features second run movies.  Only $3.00 for adults and $2.50 for seniors and children age 11 and under.  $1 up charge for 3D movies.

They also have locations in Beaverton and downtown Milwaukie.that show newer release films.  The admission prices are $5 all ages before 5:00pm; evening prices are $5 for seniors and kids; $7 for ages 12 and up.  Add $1 for any 3D movies.

Tantalizing Tuesdays Specials
$2 movies at Avalon & Gresham
$4 movies at Milwaukie & Beaverton
All ages all day (3D additional)

Additionally, there is a separate admission charge for game room admission.
Family Cinemas Oak Grove 8
Submission from Eric (12/02/2013)
"This theater offers all the latest new releases for a reasonable $5.00 before 6:00pm."
Joy Cinema & Pub
Admission is $5 for all shows, $6 for 3D.  All ages okay before 6:00pm, then it's 21 and over.  Monday night is Dollar Night -- yep, see a movie for a buck ($2 for 3D)!  Shows second-run features, here are recent blurbs from the Oregonian and the Portland Mercury.
Laurelhurst Theater Located in close SE-Portland on 20th & Burnside, offering four screens showing second-run flicks and special oldies.  $4 admission for adults, $3 for seniors (and shows before 6:00pm) and $2 for children 12 and under.  Minors are allowed with parent or guardian for shows starting before 5:30pm; after 5:30pm, only adults 21 and over are allowed.  Features  pizza, draft beer, wine and the usual array of concessions. 
Living Room Theaters Located in downtown Portland, showing independent films and some mainstream flicks on high-definition digital movie projection.  Mondays and Tuesdays all movies are just $5 (except on holidays and 3-D presentations).  If you are student, educator or senior, show your ID and get admission for just $7.  Matinees before 5:00pm are $8.  Features plush recliners, alcohol and gourmet food service.
McMenamins Theaters Locations around the Portland area includes the Bagdad, Mission, Kennedy School, Grand Lodge, Edgefield and St. Johns.  Shows second-run flicks as well as sporting events, cult classics, sing-alongs and TV shows (like the Walking Dead!).  $4 - $9 admission depending on time and venue.  See individual movie pub schedules or use their search box for special offers such as 'Burger, Beer & Movie night for $12' or 'Two Dollar Tuesdays.'
OMSI Empirical Theater
Submission from Sue 5/2016:  "OSMI offers blockbuster movies after the documentaries are done for the day at $7 for adults and $6 for kids and seniors.  Not easy to find out what's playing  - free evening parking after, I think, 5pm.

HUGE screen (no longer a dizzy dome IMAX) and great sound and a reasonably priced wine/beer selection. They do movie talks sometimes like the upcoming Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and talking about chocolate.  Interesting and quirky."

Admin note:  depending on the film and time, adult prices may be as low as $5.  3D films are priced at a very reasonable $7, and as mentioned above, the sound and screen size is impressive.
PDX Movies and More
This is a Meetup group with over 1,000 members, providing information on free movie screenings and other low budget entertainment (book clubs, comedy, trivia nights, etc.).  It is free to join and they do a great job of frequently posting new advance movie screenings.  You can also join their Facebook group page.
Portlander Jubitz Cinema
Shows second run movies at $5 for all seats and all show times.  Offers 78 seats with digital projection and surround sound.  Part of the Portlander Inn & Marketplace
Regal Cinemas Regal Cinemas on the cheap?  It can be done...

First off, buy the Entertainment book and use the coupons good for $2 off regular adult admissions; there is even a free admission coupon on your birthday (for any movie, including 3-D presentations!)  Then, be sure to sign up for the free Regal Crown Club.  Every time you go and present your card for tracking, you accumulate points.  Get enough and receive a voucher for a free popcorn, soda pop, or even a movie ticket.  Plus, when you see a movie on a Tuesday and use your Regal card, your card will be loaded with a 50% discount off any sized popcorn (you used to get popcorn free every Tuesday, but Regal has done away with this and now you must pay)!  Sign up for the card here.

The chain also offers 'Regal Value Days,' when movie tickets are only $5.50 - $6 all day long on Tuesdays only, and at select theaters.  The theaters in the Portland area are Hilltop 9, Wilsonville Stadium 9, Tigard Cinemas 11, Sherwood Stadium 10, Evergreen Parkway Stadium 13, Movies on TV Stadium 16 and Vancouver's Cinema 99 near Hazel Dell and City Center 12.  There is an additional $3.50 upcharge for any 3D movies on Tuesday.

In the summer time, they show children's movies for $1 admission at select theaters on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning at 10:00am for 'Summer Movie Express.'
Roseway Theater
Single-screen theater on Sandy Boulevard in Portland, where Fremont and 72nd meet.  All seats, all showtimes are $8; 3D features are $10.  Classical theater with a lot of history behind it.
St. Johns Twin Cinemas
Shows first-run movies for just $6 during matinee screenings (before 6:00pm), and $8 for evening showtimes.  Serves up local brews and pizza; adults only after 8:00pm.
Valley Cinema Pub Located in Beaverton and showing second-run flicks on 3 screens.  Admission is just $4.75 for all ages and all movie times.  Serves beer and pizza, and only cash is accepted.  Special Monday admission of just $1 per ticket!

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