Movie House

1220 SW Taylor Street,
Portland, OR 97205

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Previously operated by: Act III Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group

Functions: Ballroom, Special Events

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This great little art house was located in the old Women’s Club building which was built in the 1920’s.

It was closed in the summer of 2000 by Regal. It is now in use as a Ballroom/Special Events named West End Theater with a capacity for 200.

Contributed by Louise-Annette Burgess

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strawberry on April 4, 2006 at 8:19 pm

Before movies they would sometimes show a claymation short — Will Vinton’s 1975 short “Mountain Music”.

In the short a little mountain scene is visited by a few musicians on acoustic instruments. The local animals like the music and start to sing along. Slowly the band updates their equipment, adding electric guitars, hooking up to amps, et cetera. As the instruments get more powerful, the music louder and louder, the animals are confused, then disturbed and finally driven away. The band jams on and it seems that even the planet is disturbed by the music — the mountain blows it’s top covering everything in claymation lava.

strawberry on April 6, 2006 at 10:24 pm

You can see a photo of the Movie House building at View link

ticktock11 on November 1, 2008 at 12:02 pm

The Movie House, like the nearby Guild, was a “reverse” theater. Meaning, you entered at the screen and proceeded back toward the seating.

jespdx on March 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm

This may have been my favorite theater in Portland. It’s very sad that it closed.

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