Let’s hear it for the Clinton Street Theater

Once upon a time, way back when, the McMenamin’s movie chain showed movies worth watching. Art house stuff, cult movies, or movies that were just plain fun (like showing “The Creature From the Black Lagoon” on Halloween). For the past, oh decade or so, that’s changed. It’s now almost exclusively yawn-inducing big Hollywood second-run fare – stuff you’d see on an airplane. A look at this weeks listings shows crap like “Run, Fatboy Run” and “Fool’s Gold” (although I will give them points for showing the wonderfully dark “In Bruges”). Beer loving movie geeks like me can still count on the Laurelhurst to bust out something worth seeing on a fairly regular basis.

Thank God for Clinton Street Theater. Combining an art-house sensibility with a small brewery on the premises, the theater caters to those Portlanders who want to have a couple beers and see movies worth watching. Take a look at the current listings for an example. That’s more quality viewing than you’ll see at a place like the Baghdad all year. “Eraserhead”, a documentary about The Gits, the Portland Underground Film Festival, a freaking “Repo Man”/”Maximum Overdrive” double feature, for God’s sake!

That’s a whole lot of good stuff right there. Combine the movie with a couple of beers and a trip over to Dot’s for one of their awesome french fry concoctions, and you’ve got an awesome night out.

And McMenamin’s, I’m rough on you because I love you. You can do better. You know you can.

2 Comments so far

  1. leander37 on May 20th, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

    Yes! Better movies, and better beer! The new Eraserhead print is certeinly worth catching before Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Animation shows up (though that should be great too!)

  2. morty on May 20th, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

    Despite the sad story behind it, that Gits’ documentary looks pretty darn good.
    Viva Zapata!

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