Sunday, March 25, 2018

Oregon chapter of MUFON and McMenamins History present...

The Police & The Paranormal

Paranormal Pub

6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. event


Minor with parent or guardian

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The Police & The Paranormal

The Police & The Paranormal


This presentation is based on first-hand accounts from Loren W. Christensen’s book, Cops’ True Stories of the Paranormal: Ghosts, UFOs, and Other Shivers. These experiences happened to law enforcement officers from a variety of agencies—city, county, SWAT, command, and military police. They happened to men and women trained to observe and trained to trust the evidence. They knew how crooks thought and could recognize the patterns of drug dealing, robbery, gang assaults, and murder. Then something happened that didn’t fall neatly into a category in which law enforcement typically functions, nor did it fall into any of the unusual situations that occur from time to time. These events went beyond the unusual and into the realm of bizarre. These were aberrations, oddities, and the eerie. These were paranormal.

About the Speaker:

Loren W. Christensen has been involved in law enforcement since 1967. His career began as a 21-year-old military policeman in the US Army, serving stateside and as a patrol officer in Saigon, Vietnam during the war. At 26, he joined the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau, where he served in a variety of capacities, including street patrolling, gang enforcement, intelligence, body guarding, and academy training. He retired after 25 years with PPB.

Loren began writing professionally in 1975; his written works include nearly 60 books in print with five publishers, as well as magazine articles, and blog pieces. His non-fiction works include books on martial arts, police work, PTSD, mental preparation for violence, meditation, nutrition, exercise, and various subcultures. Loren’s fiction series, Dukkha, was a finalist in the prestigious USA Best Book Awards.

As a martial arts student and teacher since 1965, Loren has earned 11 black belts in three arts and in 2011, was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame.


Paranormal Pub

Paranormal Pub

Join us once a month to hear from experts in unexplainable phenomena - think UFOs, extraterrestrials, Bigfoot, ESP, ghosts and beyond. Come have a beer and a burger handcrafted beverage, concessions, and/or a slice of pizza, settle in and learn something new from a curated line-up of scholars, experiencers and others.

According to Wikipedia: "Paranormal events are phenomena described in popular culture, folklore and other non-scientific bodies of knowledge, whose existence within these contexts is described to lie beyond normal experience or scientific explanation.

A paranormal phenomenon is different from hypothetical concepts such as dark matter and dark energy. Unlike paranormal phenomena, these hypothetical concepts are based on empirical observations and experimental data gained through the scientific method.

The most notable paranormal beliefs include those that pertain to ghosts, extraterrestrial life, unidentified flying objects, psychic abilities or extrasensory perception and cryptids."

We thank the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) for coordinating and hosting this programming at the historic Mission Theater.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp


About Mission Theater

Featuring Music, Movies & Events

Our historic Mission Theater in Northwest Portland features special movie screenings, live music, engaging talks, select sports event screenings and other fun experiences—join us for the next event! We’ve installed a much larger screen & a thundering new sound system, and have space for you to either sit or stand.  

Food and Drinks at the Mission
We’ve got a full bar, pizza, salad and concessions for you to enjoy.

Theater pricing and policies 
•  All shows are 21 and over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or unless stated otherwise.
•  Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before show time, unless stated otherwise.
•  Admission is $2 for adults and children for shows starting before 5pm, $4 for adults and $3 for children after 5pm, unless stated otherwise.
•  Daily ticket specials only apply to standard movies and are not available for special screenings or events.

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.

Please note: Mission Theater is wheelchair accessible.

Online Ticket Questions

If you purchased a ticket accidentally, for the wrong show or theater, or need a refund for any other reason, please call us at (503) 223-4527 for assistance.


Menu  Dietary Restrictions  Catering

We’ll serve you a meal or a snack to enjoy while you sit and take in the feature film. Enjoy pizza by the slice or whole pie, salads and movie concessions – along with both non-alcoholic beverages and our own handcrafted ales, wines, hard cider and beer (plus guest taps).


The location that serves as one of McMenamins favorite neighborhood theater pubs was the locus of great spiritual zeal beginning in the 1890s. That's when the Swedish Evangelical Mission established its church here....

From a church to a theater-pub, the Mission's history ain't exactly saintly. Click here for more info!

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The Mission Theater (ca. 1912) offers historic splendor in the heart of Northwest Portland. The preserved balcony, ornate finishes, woodwork, high ceilings and grand stage all make for a magnificent and memorable wedding venue. Our catering, staff, and sweeping area for a dance floor add the desirable detail to your big day.

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