Bagdad Theater & Pub

3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214

Prices:

$9.50 per ticket – Adults 5 p.m. and later
$8 per ticket – Adults before 5 p.m.
$6.50 per ticket – children 12 years old and under
*$1 online purchase fee per ticket

All shows are 21 and over; minors welcome with a parent or guardian.

Closed Captioning

Door Times:

Born in China:
1:15p.m. (seating begins at 12:45 p.m.), 4 p.m. (seating begins at 3:15 p.m.), 7 p.m. (seating begins at 6 p.m.), and 9:45 p.m. (seating begins at 9:15 p.m.)

Keep in mind, food is delivered only to the balcony seats. Just order at concessions, grab a seat in the balcony, and we'll bring it to you! It is recommended that you find your seats first before coming down to order.

Now Playing

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Born in China

(G) Running time:76 minutes

Disneynature's new True Life Adventure film "Born In China" takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard-an elusive animal rarely caught on camera-faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China's vast terrain-from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest-on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together

Buy Tickets For Tuesday, April 25
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Coming Soon

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

(TBC) Running time:146 minutes

Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Starting On Thursday May 4
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Wonder Woman

Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Starting On Friday June 2

Events

About Bagdad Theater & Pub

This marvelous relic of Hollywood's Golden Age is a movie palace full of wonder and surprises. For nearly four generations now, the Bagdad's Mediterranean/neon persona and daily films have made it an icon of Portland's vibrant Hawthorne District. The interior is an attraction in and of itself, with barreled arches, ornate wrought-iron fixtures, brilliant mosaics and painted Mediterranean designs and characters.

Bagdad Theater has 20,000-watt Surround Sound, K Prime digital projector, and luxurious rocker seating. The menu includes an expanded tap selection and grab-and-go theater classics like fresh pizza slices, popcorn and candy. Additional menu items will be available to deliver to those in the balcony seats.

Kick back in the theater and enjoy a slice of pizza and a handcrafted ale during the show, or come early and enjoy dinner in the casual pub that fronts the theater – but beware,  outdoor tables in the summertime may be hard to come by! It's some of the best people-watching seats in the whole city.

Passport holders—you can get your Theater stamp by purchasing a ticket to any showing or by attending one of our weekly tours, every Saturday at 10 a.m.

Bagdad allows pets at our sidewalk seating only.

Accommodations Closed Captioning 

Our theater offers a quality entertainment experience for deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests. Our movie showings are closed captioned, and we offer individual Captiview closed caption devices that sit in your seat’s cupholder. In addition, we offer two types of headphones: hearing impaired headphones that amplify the dialogue, or visual impaired headphones that describe the scenery and action. Just inquire before showtime to use any of these devices.

Menus

Menu  Kids  Happy Hour & Specials  Beverage 

Dietary Restrictions  Balcony  Balcony Dietary Restrictions

Happy Hour served daily 3-6 p.m. & 10 p.m.-close
Drink specials 3-6 p.m. & 10 p.m.-12 midnight
No substitutions, additions, or to-go orders

Minimum drink purchase of $2 per person.  Here at our pub and theater in Portland, Oregon’s freshest seasonal ingredients are the stars of the menu. We source from local and regional producers such as Tillamook Cheese and Ice Cream, Pleasant Valley Pickles, Sheridan Fruit Company, Country Natural Beef and many others to bring you a pleasant pub plateful.  Try the house-made pizza, soups and more. Weekly specials highlight seasonal favorites.  

We also offer locally made, gluten-free buns, available for an additional charge with hamburgers and sandwiches – just ask your server about our dietary restrictions options. Please note: Although the bun is gluten-free, our kitchens are not.

History

Cast your imagination back to the Bagdad’s original opening day, in 1927…. Outside the new “Oasis for Entertainment,” hundreds crowded onto Hawthorne Boulevard, which was roped off for the big event. A street dance jumped to a live band as searchlights sliced through the night sky. Portland Mayor George Baker gave a rousing speech heralding the building’s importance to the community. And an orchestra performance, male quartet, Maryln Mills and her famous horse Beverly, a jazz band, a stuffed prop camel and a screening of Laura LaPlante’s Her Big Night (1926) dazzled all who attended. It was truly a glamorous night of nights on Hawthorne Boulevard.

For several generations, “Meet me at the Bagdad!” was the slogan for area residents looking for a convenient escape or to catch a glimpse of stardom. Since acquiring the Bagdad in 1991, the McMenamins aim has been to continue that long tradition as a community gathering spot.

About the Theater

Few expenses were spared to create the eastside Portland movie palace. Capitalized in part by the deep pockets of its parent company, Universal Pictures, the Bagdad was called “a triumph of artistry and craftsmanship.” In 1927, it stood as the city’s largest theater outside the downtown area. Beyond its immense size, guests marveled at the theater’s gurgling fountain and grand colonnade in its foyer, along with its faux-Middle-Eastern decor, right down to the Arabian-styled uniforms worn by the usherettes. Even the conductor selected to lead the Bagdad’s house orchestra was a musician of great prominence, having studied under Tchaikovsky.

Bagdad Theater Talking Pictures Poster

At the time of the Bagdad’s opening, Americans’ fixation with movies and Hollywood was already well established. Demonstrating the local craving for celluloid heroes, a cider mill and church were sacrificed in order for the ornate Bagdad to be built on the site. A surge of excitement was generated worldwide in the months following the Bagdad’s opening by the premiere of the first “talkies.” Prior to 1927, theatergoers had enjoyed only silent films, accompanied by an organist or, in the more posh movie palaces like the Bagdad, a live orchestras. And, of course, vaudeville acts were very popular.

So during the Bagdad’s first years, silent movies and vaudeville reigned supreme. In fact, vaudeville remained a key part of the theater programming through the 1940s. Sammy Davis, Jr., performing with the Will Mastin Trio, was one of the many acts to grace its expansive stage.

The Bagdad has also been the scene of some notable movie premiere galas, including Star Trek III, 1776 and A Star is Born. In 1975, actors Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher along with producer Michael Douglas appeared at the Bagdad for the Oregon premiere of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. About fifteen years later, soon after McMenamins took stewardship, the premiere of My Own Private Idahowas screened here. These historic events and many others were depicted by McMenamins artists in a huge, colorful mural that hangs today at our Back Stage Bar, just around the corner.

A New Life with McMenamins

Bagdad Theater & Pub today

By the mid-1980s, the local and national media was issuing dire predictions about the health of all single-screen movie theaters. McMenamins, though, jumped at the opportunity to take over the Bagdad, bolstered by its success with its first theater-pub, The Mission in Northwest Portland, which opened in 1987.

Over the course of McMenamins’ stewardship, the Bagdad hosted second-run films as well as special events. Through the Powell’s Books Author Series, we welcomed a parade of prominent writers and poets in the main auditorium. Music, too, became a popular addition as the occasional performance graced the main stage. Local and independent film screenings, stand-up comedians and trivia nights further added to the mix, while the beautiful space was often rented out for late-night private events and parties.

Onward and Upward

Today, we venture forth yet again on a new adventure for the Bagdad. As part of our conversion to a first-run-films theater, major upgrades and overall improvements to this grande ol’ dame include a 50% larger screen, 20,000-watt Surround Sound, K Prime digital projector and comfy new rocker seating. This state-of-the-art technical experience offers the latest in accessibility with closed captioning and hearing-impaired options.

The concession menu has also undergone an upgrade, with an expanded tap selection and theater classics like fresh pizza slices, popcorn and candy. Additional menu items will be delivered to the balcony seats, thus improving the flow of foot traffic into the viewing area.

The Bagdad’s much ballyhooed 1927 opening changed the face of the neighborhood and brought the allure of Hollywood to Southeast Portland. Through the years, this landmark property’s role grew as a favorite destination for folks from all over the region. We hope you continue to enjoy the historic, elegant Bagdad Theater as the people of Portland have for nearly ninety years (and counting).

And now, let the show begin….

Hold your Private Event at Back Stage at Bagdad!

Meetings  Social Events

This former behind-the-scenes Bagdad Theater staging area now hosts parties and private events.  Reserve one of two upper rooms (or both if you like!) for groups up to 50 – each space boasts a pool table along with dining tables and seating.  Or rent the Backstage Bar itself during off hours.  A full catering menu is available for groups of 15 or more upon request.  After your event, guests may wander a few steps to Greater Trumps to enjoy a cigar and tumbler of scotch, or around the corner to the Bagdad Theater & Pub to take in a movie.