Venue Access Program



Plan your next event at the beautiful historic 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.

We take this mission seriously, and endeavor to create a vibrant and lively space through unique programming that sets us apart from other theatres and provides the community with a place to mingle, interact, relax and enjoy the art of film.  Our programming is varied and exciting and we frequently partner with filmmakers, visual artists, musicians and other nonprofits to fill out our regular schedule of first-run films with new and thought-provoking works.

One way that we integrate the community’s input with our programming is through the Venue Access Program.  This program grants access to the Theatre via a four-wall rental to organizations, filmmakers and other individuals who wish to present a film or other event that is in line with our mission and image.  Event requests are vetted through our programming staff to ensure continuity with our current offerings.

Approved Venue Access Program events are presented by outside individuals and organizations, rather than the Theatre, and often include independent films, documentaries, and fund-raising activities.  While ticket sales are frequently run through our ticketing system, ticket prices are set by the renter and ticket sales (minus nominal fees) are the renter’s to keep.  The Venue Access Program provides the community with access to versatile auditoriums and a flexible mezzanine lobby in one of Portland’s most unique and recognizable venues and is a very popular option for independent filmmakers premiering their new work, fellow nonprofits in need of space to host a fundraising event, and community organizations wanting to educate the public about environmental, health, or social issues through film.

The Hollywood Theatre offers the following amenities:

  • Three auditoriums with a seating capacity that ranges from 111 to 384
  • A wide variety of projection capabilities, including digital, 35mm and more
  • State-of-the-art audiovisual systems
  • P.A. systems
  • Stage lighting
  • Dressing rooms
  • Folding tables & chairs
  • A full-service concessions stand serving a variety of drinks (including draft beer, cider and wine) and sundry snacks, including our acclaimed popcorn (voted the best in Portland!)
  • Technical staff
  • Front-of-house staff to take tickets and manage comp-lists
  • Ticketing set-up and sales
  • Promotion, including event listing on marquee

…and helpful, friendly staff to walk you through your planning process!

Rates are competitive, with special discounts for nonprofits and independent filmmakers. Contact us at [email protected] or 503.281.1142 for more information and to apply.  Please include the following, by way of application:

  • Film and/or Event Title
  • Presenting Individual or Organization
  • Any Partners
  • Any Sponsors
  • Trailer
  • Short Film/Event Description
  • Promotional Plan
  • Estimated Audience
  • Is the event a fundraiser?
  • If yes, who are funds supporting?
  • Day of the week and time preferences
  • Specific date requests

*Please note that the Hollywood Theatre is available for events which are considered, based on the sole judgment of management, to be consistent with our mission and image.  The space is not available for ceremonial events such as weddings, funerals, wakes, graduations or religious services.  Events that include a live band are discouraged, although acoustic musicians may be permissible provided that they play at a volume that doesn’t interrupt the film-viewing experience of audiences in other auditoriums.  Please notify us during your initial inquiry if your event will require performance by a musician.