The Hollywood Theatre Restoration Starting on July the 13th, 2015, the Hollywood Theatre will be undertaking a major restoration project to repair and preserve the façade and roof of its historic 89-year-old theatre. Originally a vaudeville and silent movie palace, the Hollywood Theatre was built in 1926 by Portland architects, Bennes & Herzog, in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The Theatre became such a popular destination and city landmark that the surrounding neighborhood was soon dubbed “the Hollywood District”.

Through the decades, and through multiple changes in ownership, the Theatre remained an important cultural site: The place where many of Portland’s most famous residents, like Ken Kesey and Matt Groening, went to the movies. By 1983, when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Theatre had fallen on hard times.

The Hollywood Theatre Old
The Theatre became a nonprofit when it was purchased by Film Action Oregon (the nonprofit organization now known simply as the Hollywood Theatre) in 1997. Since that time, the nonprofit has made it a cornerstone of its mission to restore the Theatre to its full glory. Recent building projects include the installation of a new marquee replicating the 1926 original, the installation of new comfortable theater seats, and technology improvements made by adding DCP, 70mm, and new sound systems.

The $265,000 project to restore and preserve the Hollywood Theatre’s historic façade and roof represents one of the organization’s biggest building projects yet, made possible through the generous support of the Kinsman Foundation, Jackson Foundation, Pacific Power Foundation, ESCO Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation Community Grant Program, and Collins Foundation, and through the ongoing support of the Hollywood Theatre’s board of directors, members, and donors. Beginning July 13 and continuing through the summer, work conducted by D&R Masonry and Anderson Roofing of Portland will include the in-depth cleaning and restoration of the Theatre’s façade, the re-tiling of the Theatre’s period clay roof, and the repair of water leaks throughout the building.

For more information on the project, and to follow the progress of the restoration, please click here.

About the Hollywood Theatre:
The Hollywood Theatre is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to entertain, inspire, educate, and connect the community through the art of film, while preserving a historic Portland landmark. The Theatre teaches filmmaking to area youth, supports local filmmakers through fiscal sponsorship, and offers Portlanders the opportunity to experience the best in classic, foreign, and independent film throughout the year. The Hollywood Theatre is located at 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard in Portland. For general information, call 503-281-1142 or visit.