By Alison Hallett
Hollywood Theatre director of marketing and community engagement
We had an amazing holiday season at the Hollywood Theatre last year: great movies, rewarding community partnerships, and tons of new members. (Based on the number of December subscriptions that rolled in at the last minute, Hollywood membership was a very popular gift!) A giant gingerbread rendition of the theater briefly took up residence in our lobby, courtesy of the baked-goods geniuses at Miss Zumstein Bakery on Northeast 42nd; and the poor hungover souls of Portland found refuge January 1 with a New Year’s Day Hong Kong-a-Thon, promising a darkened room, pizza, and three back-to-back Hong Kong classics on 35mm.
As always, we’re honored so many Portlanders choose to spend their holidays with us, and humbled by the ongoing support of the community.
If you were one of the thousands who passed through the Portland International Airport over the holidays, you may have seen signs of our latest project: a tiny free movie theater, located in the airport’s C concourse and scheduled to open in February. The airport cinema will feature free films from Pacific Northwest filmmakers – think animation, music videos, short fiction films, documentaries, nature films about slugs (really!), and more. And because Portlanders shouldn’t have to buy a plane ticket in order to see the films, we’ll also be doing special public screenings at the Hollywood Theatre.
Our January programming is anchored by an original series called Revolution and Rebellion: Insurgent Cinema, a five-film series dedicated to subversive cinema, guerilla-style filmmaking, and insurrection in film. Titles in the series include the 1995 French film La Haine (Jan 21), about explosive tensions in a French housing complex; the Kung Fu classic 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Jan 10); and a very rare 35mm print of The Spook Who Sat By The Door (Jan 7), a 1973 film about the first black CIA agent that was pulled from theaters by the government upon its initial release. It’s a diverse range of films, spanning a handful of genres, but all have themes of revolution and rebellion at their core.
On Inauguration Day (Jan 20), our Movies in the Dark series presents the film adaptation of George Orwell’s classic 1984. And if that’s a little too real for you, we’ve got plenty of good old-fashioned escapism as well: spend an afternoon with Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart with The Philadelphia Story in 35mm (Jan 7-8), or go full ‘90s nostalgia with Sailor Moon R – The Movie (Jan 20).
Looking toward the future, we’re gearing up for the Portland Black Film Festival in February. Curated by local filmmaker and writer David Walker, this year’s amazing lineup features a very special appearance from the legendary actress Pam Grier, who will appear at a screening of the 1973 film Coffy.
To find out more about our upcoming programs and events, visit our website at hollywoodtheatre.org, or subscribe to our mailing list by emailing gro.e1493515074rtaeh1493515074tdoow1493515074ylloh1493515074@ofni1493515074 with the subject line “subscribe to mailing list.” Happy New Year!