St. Johns Twin Cinemas & Pub

8704 N. Lombard Street,
Portland, OR 79203

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Architects: Edward A. Miller

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Venetian Theatre, Northgate Theatre

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Circa 1944 photo courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

Originally opened as the 500 seat Venetian Theatre in 1926. This theatre is located in the section of Portland called St. Johns near the St. Johns Bridge.

Contributed by David DeCoteau

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

rapidheart on May 31, 2004 at 12:36 am

oooops…..I made a mistake. I just went back to Portland for the first time in a long time and noticed it was open. Sorry.

Brenda on June 4, 2004 at 12:55 am

Yes and it does have two screens. We go as often as we can, so as to support the wonderful family that owns it. They offer every Fall and Spring through the PTA at local schools a movie package so that all children and their parents can enjoy a movie together. Adults are admitted for free into the theater during these kids matinees only if they are accompanied by their child. The cost for this very affordable package is 10 movies for 6.00. What a great service to the community, visit them support them and meet the wonderful people that work there. The regular movie prices are also better than at most theaters and the old movie house is cool. Brenda

tigger on September 1, 2004 at 11:51 pm

I believe it was originally called “The Venetian”

pdxlibn on November 20, 2004 at 12:42 am

The St John’s Theatre reopens this weekend (11/20/04) as the St John’s Historic Cinema & Pub after being spruced up (paint, reupholstery, carpet, etc) and with the welcome addition of Pizzicato Pizza and local microbrew! Second run shows and good food will surely draw the burgeoning population of young families in the neighborhood. Children are welcome with parents before 3pm. I hear there will be children’s matinees. We’re excited to see how the old girl looks with this face-lift.

drfresh on February 5, 2005 at 8:36 am

I have watched many movies at St Johns theater as I grew up just a few blocks away. I will always enjoy those memories. I haven’t gone since they started serving pizza and beer. I’m stuck in Salt Lake City Utah for a few years, but I can’t wait to get back home to my friends and family.

atomicbutterscotch on September 6, 2008 at 12:08 am

The main stage had a screen put over it (and you can see the border detail, and band pit in front of the stage) and the balcony was turned into another screen. It’s a really big screen, really close up (it was a small balcony – only a couple of rows of seats).

I bet if you got a chance to see behind the screen you would still see the stage, if it’s used for storage…

Also, there is a wooden (giant vent/grate looking thing over the stage on the ceiling) where I bet the theatre’s small WurliTzer was.

Teenacidal on November 26, 2008 at 5:42 am

Is this that theater, where no matter what seat you choose you are way to close to the screen?

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm

A 2011 photo can be seen here.

DavidZornig on December 30, 2016 at 6:34 pm

Circa 1944 photo added, courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

DavidZornig on March 31, 2017 at 4:03 am

Full history of the St. John’s back to 1911 in the below website.

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