The Laurelhurst Theater and Pub

Portland’s largest newspaper (and Oregon for that matter), The Oregonian, on 11/01/11 wrote an article about the city’s “vintage, independent movie theaters.” This is great for movie and history buffs. But the best reason I like these theaters is that they serve beer and people can drink while watching the movie. But even better than that is that they sell local micros! So what you say? Big deal, who cares about being able to drink beer while watching a flick at a movie house? Well I care. In Oregon (not sure about other states) alcohol is not sold at your regular cineMegaplex. And how many times have you snuck in beer or liquor into a regular theater trying your best not to get caught? I have and too many times for me to count. Its especially tough to sneak it cans of beer when it’s not winter without all the extra layers of clothing and when you’re not with a chic who has a huge ass purse.

Anyway, the closest independent movie theater to my pad about 5 blocks away is the Laurelhurst Theater and Pub. This theater is written about in the article mentioned above. The Laurelhurst shows some good films that have been out for a while and good foreign films too. Typically I like to buy a pitcher of an IPA and have that with me for the whole movie (yeah it’s all for me!). Some of the mircos on tap that they sell are Ninkasi Total Domination IPA, Full Sail Amber Ale, Coalition Maple Porter, Bridgeport Kingpin Double Red, Lucky Lab Superdog IPA and Mt. Hood Oatmeal Stout. This, my friend, is a good way to enjoy a good movie.

The general admission price is $4 and under. Besides beer they have a full menu of other food besides your traditional theater popcorn and pop. They have wraps, wine and pizza amongst other things. The only drawback is that the “pints” and “pitchers” are not your traditional beer pint and pitcher sizes. I think they’re a bit smaller then the industry norm. At $4.25 a pint and $11.50 for a pitcher getting the pitcher is the best bet. And another thing that sucks is that the smaller sized beer pints are plastic! Cheers.

About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)


  1. Jeanine Pirillo says:

    Keep working, remarkable job!

  2. Nice write up Juan. Way to keep it local. Beer theaters are the way to go especially when they have a decent selection as Laurelhurst does.

  3. Good write up. For me, it would be more about Cinetopia theaters around the Portland metro area. You are able to watch new movies like any “other” theater and drink local micros. They have a suburb wine bar that has over a 100 world class wines and a state of the art theater system (not to mention leather reclining seats and foot rests.) Also no kids are allowed in. A little spendy but totally worth it.

  4. Cinetopia? Ryan are you kidding me? The Laurelhurst is a locally own independent movie house serving good mircos from our region. Plus Cinetopia charges an arm and a leg.

    • I disagree Mr. Lopez. Cinetopia is also locally owned and ran. It has expanded to multiple locations because of demand. I am not knocking Laurelhurst. It is a great place if you want to watch second run movies but that is what redbox and my big screen tv is for. If I want to watch the newest movies, then I got to Cinetopia. You can check out the press by visiting this link Another reason to visit Cinetopia is that you dont leave the theater smelling like patrouille oil as you may during a visit to another type of theater.

  5. I enjoy reading your blog! What about McMenamins theatres and brews?

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