Seeing a movie is a fun treat on a rainy day—or a super-hot day for that matter. But taking the whole family to a movie can be so expensive! Luckily, there are lots of discount movie theaters in the Portland area. Here are some of our favorites.
Avalon Theatre & Wunderland
Come for the movie, stay for the arcade games! The Avalon Theatre shows big hit second-run movies at a steep discount. But just as fun for kids is the nickel arcade.
Cost: $3.50 for ages 13 and up, and $3 for ages 12 and under and seniors. Get admission to the game room for an addition $3.25 for ages 13 and up, $2.75 for ages 5 to 12.
Location: 3451 SE Belmont St., Portland
Save a bundle heading to this theater for dinner and a movie. In addition to showing second-run movies, you can get more than just popcorn here. Grab a hot dog, nachos or pizza, and grownups can get beer, wine or hard cider.
Cost: $5 for standard films, $6 for 3D; Monday admission is just $1 for standard films, $2 for 3D.
Location: 11959 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard
Second-run movies are rounded out by independent films and classics at this 1923 four-screen theater. A tasty pub with microbrews, wine, pizza, salads and of course popcorn and pizza round out the atmosphere. Note that all shows after 5:30 pm are strictly 21 and over.
Cost: $4 general admission; $3 matinees. $3 seniors, $2 children ages 12 and under.
Location: 2735 East Burnside St.
McMenamin’s Kennedy School
The Kennedy School theater may be best known for its “Mommy Matinees” – where you can bring your baby to the first showing of the day Tuesday through Thursday without fear of side glances. But this single-screen theater plays a fun mix of second-run films, classics and independents all week long at heavy discounts. Grab a slice and a pint and you’ve got yourself a great rainy-day outing.
Cost: $4 adults $2 kids 11 and under.
Location: 5736 NE 33rd Ave. Portland
Westmoreland’s historic single-screen theater shows current movies for less. Drinks and popcorn are also less expensive than at big box theaters.
Cost: $5.50 for matinees, $7.50 general admission for evening shows, $5.50 for children, military and senior citizens.
Location: 6712 SE Milwaukie Ave.
St. Johns Twin Cinemas
This two-screen neighborhood theater shows films from all over, and serves beer and pizza from locals. Pretty much the perfect combo.
Cost: $6 for all matinees (before 6 pm); $8 general admission
Location: 8704 N. Lombard St., Portland
Valley Cinema Pub
Boasting one of the biggest movie screens in Portland, this 1960s theater plays a wide selection of second-run films. In addition to popcorn and candy, there’s also pizza to purchase.
Cost: $4.75, every show, every age
Location: 9360 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, Beaverton
Milwaukie Cinema & Wunderland
Just a hop, skip and a jump from Sellwood lies the kid heaven that is Milwaukie Cinema & Wunderland. Check out the game room with tons of arcade games and even mini golf before or after your movie. With all the money you’ll save, you can splurge at the nickel arcade.
Cost: $5.50 all ages for matinees; Evenings: $5.50 ages 12 and under and seniors; $7.50 ages 13 and up. Game room admission: $3.25 ages 13 and up; $2.75 ages 5-12 and seniors. Mini golf admission: $4.25 ages 7 and up. Kids 5 and under not admitted.
Location: 1011 SE Main St., Milwaukie OR
5th Avenue Cinema
Oregon’s only student-run cinema has been operating non-profit since 1989. It gives you a chance to see a film you may not ordinarily see on the big screen. Also, p.s., there’s free popcorn at every show.
Cost: $4 for students and seniors (free for PSU students and faculty); $5 general admission
Location: 510 SW Hall St., Portland