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Hollywood Theatre
Hollywood Theatre (1926).
Photograph: courtesy The Oregon Film & Video Foundation.
Address 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard (modern address)
Opening Night Seating Capacity 1500
Original Theater Owner Walter E. Tebbetts
Original Theater Architect unknown
Years of Operation 17 July 1926 through unknown
unknown to the present day
Type of Musical Accompaniment Eight-piece orchestra and a Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ
Current Status Operating, awaiting restoration

The Hollywood Theatre opened on 17 July 1926 as a vaudeville theater. The first silent film shown at the Hollywood was More Pay - Less Work (1926). Organists Leon Drews and Robert Clark played at the Hollywood Theatre.

Portland’s street numbering changed in 1933.

The theater was later converted into a (three-projector?) Cinerama-capable theater in the early 1960s. The theater was a popular venue for 70mm film presentations in the 1970s. In 1975, the theater’s balcony was enclosed to turn the venue into a triplex. The Hollywood Theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The Oregon Film & Video Foundation purchased the Hollywood Theatre from Act III Theatres in April 1997.

You may make a tax-deductible donation to assist in the Oregon Film & Video Foundation’s Hollywood Theatre restoration efforts.

References: Hollywood Theatre website; Oregon Historical Society website; Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society website.


Website: The Portland Hollywood Theatre

Webpage: The Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society’s Hollywood Theatre webpage

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