Academy Theater

7818 SE Stark Street,
Portland, OR 97215

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Functions: Movies (Second Run)

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 503.252.0500

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Academy Theater

Originally launched in 1948, the Academy Theater was a popular Southeast Portland destination until its closure in 1976. After its closure, the once charming Streamline Moderne gem fell into disrepair, but a full-scale renovation was completed in 2006, including careful restoration of the glittering rounded lobby with its soaring, metallic two-story dome.

Great attention has been paid to every detail of the project. Using vintage photos from the original opening night, even the theater’s signature marquee has been recreated to imbue the building with authentic 1940’s charm.

The new and improved Academy Theater features three theaters with Dolby sound, as well as reclining stadium seating with generous leg room. Also available is a plentiful selection beer, wine and tasty offerings from Flying Pie Pizzeria. On-site babysitting is offered as well, at a cost of $5 per child. There is ample free parking in the rear.

Contributed by Heyward Stewart

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pugcrawler on December 29, 2008 at 12:23 am

The Academy Theater recently received a Preservation in Action award from the Architectural Heritage Center. More information about the award, and before & after photos of the renovation/restoration can be found here: View link

byrdr on August 30, 2010 at 1:04 pm

You can get pizza from flying pie pizzaria while you are there.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Recent photos can be seen here, and here.

cmbussmann on August 13, 2014 at 3:42 pm

The nice folks at Academy let me wander around their lobby while I was visiting Portland and I must say that did an amazing job restoring this place. A revival of “An American Tail” was screening, which I saw back at my own local theater back in ‘86. Would’ve loved to see it again but didn’t have the time. Will be back to this place for sure.

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