By Tom Vandel
Hollywood Theatre board member
Like a grande dame of the silent film era who is still sharp and in shape, the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., will turn 90 years old next summer on July 17, 2016. We think that calls for a birthday celebration – perhaps more than one. In fact, a series of events are now in the planning process – including 70mm screenings and other special features – to honor this longtime movie palace and community icon. Everyone is invited.
As part of the 90th-year celebration, the Hollywood Theatre wants to design and produce a coffee-table book that will rewind the years and look back with historic photos and stories about the theatre. We are in need of old photos, press clippings, ads, movie posters, mementos and written memories of the Hollywood. Did you attend movies there as a child? Did you work at the theatre? Do you have anecdotes or memories of the theatre?
If you or someone you know has anything to share (you’ll get it back), please contact Kristy Conrad at the theatre. You can send any photos, stories, mementos, or memories to gro.e1502998157rtaeh1502998157tdoow1502998157ylloh1502998157@ytsi1502998157rk1502998157.
Reeling in the decades
A true classic in every sense, the Hollywood Theatre continues to be renovated and improved as the years reel on. If the people who attended the theatre’s silent film premiere in 1926 could see the theatre now, they would be stunned, astounded, gobsmacked!
The 1920s were high times for the motion picture industry. Movie theatres were grand palaces of entertainment. In Portland on July 17, 1926, throngs of people came by streetcars, bikes and Model Ts for the opening of the theatre and a showing of the silent film, More Pay – Less Work. It was a momentous occasion – for the city and for the neighborhood, which thereafter became known as Hollywood.
The Hollywood Theatre was the last venue in Portland built as both a vaudeville house and a movie theatre. Though “talkies” were not fully introduced until 1927, there was plenty of sound and action in the theatre with live performers of all kinds, plus an organist and 8-person orchestra.
We look forward to celebrating the Hollywood’s 90th birthday next summer, together with neighbors, friends and fans who support the theatre and cherish its rich heritage. Thanks for playing an important role along the way!
For more information: gro.e1502998157rtaeh1502998157tdoow1502998157ylloh1502998157@ytsi1502998157rk1502998157