Must-see entertainment in Portland

  • Laurelhurst Theater

    This great neighborhood theater has moved from showing second-run to mostly first-run movies, with occasional revival series. Pizza, salads, beer and wine…

  • Cinema 21

    Portland's premiere art-house and foreign-film theater, with beer and wine available.

  • Hollywood Theatre

    This historic art-deco cinema has excellent programming, with classic, foreign and quirky independent movies and a reverence for film over digital – it's…

  • Bagdad Theater

    This awesome, historic McMenamins venue offers microbrews on tap and pizza, burgers, salads and bar grub to go with its first-run films.

  • Doug Fir Lounge

    Combining futuristic elements with a rustic log-cabin aesthetic, this venue has helped transform the LoBu (lower Burnside) neighborhood from seedy to…

  • Kennedy School Theater

    Another nice McMenamins venue; watch movies (second-run features and more) in the old school gym. Check the website for current screenings.

  • Darcelle XV

    This is Portland's Vegas-style cabaret show, featuring glitzy drag queens in big wigs, fake jewelry and overstuffed bras. Musical performances are spiced…

  • Revolution Hall

    Inside a remodeled 1924 school building (whose famous alumni include James Beard and Linus Pauling), this 850-seat concert venue has great sound quality…

  • Mississippi Studios

    This intimate bar is good for checking out budding acoustic talent along with more-established musical acts. Excellent sound system, and good restaurant…

  • Dante's

    This steamy red bar books burlesque and cabaret shows along with national and regional touring bands (including the Murder City Devils, the Supersuckers…

  • Goodfoot

    Very neighborly spot with affordable music acts in the basement, plus good dancing (especially Friday nights) and a great sound system. Upstairs is a bar…

  • Keller Auditorium

    Built in 1917 and formerly known as the Civic Auditorium, Keller hosts a wide range of performers, from big-name musicians (Sturgill Simpson) to the…

  • Hawthorne Theatre

    A good-sized, boxy venue inside a former Masonic Lodge, the Hawthorne Theatre is one of the few places in town that has an all-ages section. There's also…

  • Crystal Ballroom

    This large, historic ballroom has hosted some major acts, including James Brown and Marvin Gaye in the early ’60s, and Devendra Banhart and Two Door…

  • Portland Thorns

    The City of Roses' professional women's soccer team plays in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). Home games are held at Providence Park.

  • Flicks on the Bricks

    On certain Fridays in summer, the Pioneer Courthouse Square becomes a huge outdoor cinema showing free movies on a big screen. Bring your own chairs or…

  • Portland Timbers

    The city's major-league soccer franchise, wildly popular and supported by the formidable Timbers Army. Home games are held at Providence Park.

  • Clinton Street Theater

    An old neighborhood theater screening independent and revival films. The Rocky Horror Picture Show plays every Saturday night at midnight, and has done so…

  • Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

    This beautiful, if not acoustically brilliant, downtown venue, built in 1928, hosts a wide range of shows, lectures, concerts and other performances.

  • Portland Center Stage

    The city's main theater company performs in the Portland Armory – a renovated Pearl District landmark with state-of-the-art features.