Cheap movie theaters abound in the Rose City where second run theaters rival first run chain cinemas in popularity. These theaters remain popular and affordable local favorites.
A lot of folks know about the Clinton Street Theatre's affection for midnight showings of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Fewer folks know about the $4-only admission on Tuesdays. Clinton Street sometimes shows some second-run favorites, but they more often screen political activism documentaries relevant to the local community.
Attend the early shows before six pm and new releases are only five dollars! And it's not necessary to eat beforehand, here the popcorn, pizza, and pop is cheap compared to theatre standards.
Wipe away even the most traumatic of dyslexia- and ADHD-riddled childhoods and make new memories of school at McMenamins Kennedy School. Drink beer in detention, have a passionate night in one of the classrooms, and goof off in the auditorium with a cheap movie.
Avalon, like a Ground Kontrol for kids, offers plenty of amusing nickel games that swindle your coins, but also better deals on full-fledged arcade games such as Terminator shoot 'em ups and Taiwanese auto racing.
Laurelhurst remains a Portland institution for its marriage of cult movie classics and craft beer. Sip pints of Burnside Oatmeal Pale while watching Kevin Bacon run from tremors on the big screen. Make sure to arrive earlier than you would at other theaters: the concessions/bar line can get quite long.
Say you're in the service industry, which is well-represented in Portland, and Mondays & Tuesdays are your weekend. If this is the case head over to the cheap Academy Theater. On Mondays you can watch two movies for six bucks. On Tuesday, tickets are buy one, get one. And they show the good movies too, none of that "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" stuff or whatever movie Ben Stiller is in right now.
Jubitz defines Trucker Oasis without any of the pit stop pit falls. Not only offering clean, comfortable and contemporary rooms, Jubitz possesses a cheap theater, several restaurants, post office and the Ponderosa Lounge, home to a dollar-a-well-drink happy hour.