Portland’s Best Theaters Offer Cheap Tickets
Cowritten by Allison Kern
When I moved to Portland over four years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to discover an abundance of movie options and most with food and drinks! Though many second-run movies play at cheaper theaters, you can see independent, foreign and new release films for $6 or less on specific days. Here are some of my favorite cheap Portland movie options:
1. Living Room Theater – 341 SW 10th Avenue
When I lived downtown, this was one of my go-to theaters. Normally tickets are $10 but on Monday and Tuesday, they are $6!
Comfortable seating, great food and drinks. The theaters are small so arrive with plenty of time to spare to select your seat and order food or beverages. I like the variety of movies this theater offers: foreign, independent, documentaries, second run, new release and more.
The only downside to this theater is the location as you’ll need to pay for parking if driving. Luckily, it’s on the streetcar line.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: $6 tickets
NOTE: This theater only allows people 21+ after 7pm and special pricing is not offered for 3D and during public holidays.
MORE INFO: http://pdx.livingroomtheaters.com
2. Laurelhurst Theater and Pub – 2735 East Burnside
I love Laurelhurst! This theater shows independent, new releases and classic films. They have a varied beer selection and all food and drinks are at very reasonable prices (the pizza is delicious).
EVERYDAY: $6 before 5:30 p.m., All shows $6 on Tuesday
NOTE: Must be 21+ after 8 pm.
MORE INFO: https://www.laurelhursttheater.com
3. St. Johns Twin Cinema and Pub – 8704 N Lombard St
This place has that old timey neighborhood cinema feel. Located in the heart of St. Johns and just blocks from Cathedral Park, this afternoon movie trip can easily turn into a full day of fun. The cinema plays select first run movies and serves beer, wine and pizza for cheap.
EVERYDAY: $6 before 6 p.m.
NOTE: Only two movies daily.
MORE INFO: https://stjohnscinema.com
4. Jubitz Cinema – 10210 N Vancouver Way
I know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t Jubitz a truck stop?” Trust me. This facility will make you rethink everything you know about truck stops. Plus, they have a newly remodeled movie theater that shows $6 movies everyday. The theater shows two movies daily with four showings starting at noon. Get a snack from the convenience store or a freshly made sandwich from the deli to enjoy with your movie.
EVERYDAY: $6 tickets
NOTE: Only two movies daily with four showings starting at noon.
5. Mission Theater – 1624 NW Glisan
I check Mission Theater showtimes every so often to see if something catches my eye. More often than not, they show cult classics. They may also show live broadcasts of sporting events, documentaries, snowboard and ski films. You never know what you are going to get at Mission Theater but that’s part of the fun.
EVERYDAY: $6 tickets before 5 p.m., Monday $5 all day
NOTE: Under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
MORE INFO: www.mcmenamins.com/mission-theater
6. Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Street
The Academy Theater opened in 1948 and offers an awesome historic theater setting in the heart of the Montavilla neighborhood. The theater shows a variety of second-run movies, classic repertory films, family-friendly movies and afternoon matinees showing every day. Also, they offer babysitting, for a fee, for the duration of a movie. How cool is that?
EVERYDAY: $4 tickets every day
NOTE: They offer babysitting for an additional fee.
MORE INFO: www.academytheaterpdx.com
As long as you're flexible, there are many affordable movie options in the Portland area. Happy watching!
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