Monday, January 28, 2019

Fertile Ground & Biodegradable Productions Presents

Vortex 1

6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show

FREE, $10 suggested donation at door (space is limited)

13 and over, minors w/guardian

Share this event

Add to Calendar

Vortex 1

Vortex 1

Oregon is the only state that has ever paid for and sponsored a rock festival. In August 1970, the American Legion held its annual conference in Portland and invited Richard Nixon to be its keynote speaker. In May of that year, thirty-one activists were hospitalized after protests took place in the Park Blocks near Portland State University. These protests were not only a reaction to the Vietnam War, but also to the death of four students at Kent State and the proposed shipping of nerve gas to the Umatilla Army Base. The FBI warned then-governor Tom McCall that he should prepare for 25,000 Legionnaires and 50,000 protesters.

The group of activists leading the protest was known as The People's Army Jamboree. A faction of this group called The Family approached Governor McCall with the idea of sponsoring a rock festival to encourage protesters away from the convention, yet still give them a platform to voice their concerns. McCall-with encouragement from his chief of staff Ed Westerdahl-agreed to the plan, as he considered a festival to be the most viable option to prevent the very real threat of violence. This meant that law enforcement had to turn a blind eye to drugs and nudity and allow thousands of young people to camp out in a public park. A Republican who was up for re-election, McCall referred to his choice as "political suicide."

Vortex I took place in Estacada from August 28 th through September 3rd; attendance estimates range from 30,000 to 40,000. In the end, there was virtually no violence during the event and no violence in the streets of Portland during the Legion convention. McCall won a second term by a landslide, and some believe that Vortex marked a turning point in his tenure as governor because it made him a more decisive leader. Many of the unique characteristics Oregon is known for, such as the Land Use Planning Bill, the Bottle Bill, the Bicycle Bill, and Death with Dignity happened during McCall's second term.

This musical is loosely based on the Vortex I story.




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 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!

Hold your Private Event at the Mission Theater

Weddings  Meetings  Social Events

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.

Contact our sales team to inquire or book your event.
Get Started Here

*Please note we are only booking events through April 2019.

Contact Us  | Join Our List  |  Music Booking Inquiry  |  Employment  |  Privacy Policy  |  Accessibility  |  Gift Cards  |  Donations

Site handcrafted in Ashland, Oregon by Project A
Copyright © 2018 McMenamins Inc. All rights reserved.

Daily Fresh Sheet