Classic problem: you want to sit down on the couch with your significant other, enjoy an ice cold beer and watch a movie for the night. Your significant other has a very different idea, instead clamoring for a night on the town with dinner first, then a movie and finally drinks. Rest assured, this problem has been solved. Enter the brew 'n' view movie houses. The city of Portland is littered with them, most well known being the McMenamins theater-pubs such as Mission Theater in northwest Portland and Bagdad Theater & Pub in the Hawthorne District.
If you would prefer to avoid massive parking issues, then visit the Laurelhurst Theater at 2735 East Burnside St. in Portland. Conveniently located on the east side of the Willamette River, Laurelhurst is a small, four screen brew 'n' view that began operations in 1923 as a theater, and in 2000 opened business as a pub as well. The small venue allows for secondrun movies such as "21 Jump Street" and indie (or limited release) movies such as "Jeff, Who Lives At Home" to attract a crowd and provide a nostalgic experience.
As it is a pub, photo identification is required and you must be 21 years of age to enter. Those under 21 are allowed before 5:30 p.m., as the theater shows movies for the younger audience as well. Ticket prices are very inexpensive, general admission is only $4 and $3 before 6 p.m.
Concessions are a movie theater tradition, and Laurelhurst brings the mainstays of popcorn and candy as well as dinner possibilities. Tired of popped corn kernels? Enjoy a large slice of cheese, pepperoni, vegetarian or a meat-lovers' pizza. Had enough grease? Have a salad! Want something completely different? Get a chicken wrap or veggie wrap. Not one of these menu options damage the plastic on your debit card, as none exceed $4.50. The New Deal Café; located at NE 53rd ave. and Halsey St., has teamed up with Laurelhurst to deliver these menu items. Add on the unique choice of a pitcher of soda pop for just $3.50 instead of a small soda for around the same price and you have a bargain.
If alcohol is what brings you to this unique theater, drink it in. With nine microbrews on tap including Widmer Hefeweizen and Full Sail Amber Ale, you can have a taste of the Pacific Northwest with your popcorn. Pints of all microbrews are $4.25 and pitchers are $11.25. If you prefer the hipster's special, Pabst Blue Ribbon is on tap as well. If it's a fancy night you pursue, Laurelhurst has five different wines available as well.
Laurelhurst also has monthly special events, where the theater shows retro movies in the theme of the month. The month of June is '1960s month,' and each week a different movie of the period is shown. The theater has ample street parking compared to its other McMenamins counterparts and even has a parking lot available after 6 p.m. daily. If you are looking for the best compromise between you and your honey on what to do on a date night, take a trip to Laurelhurst Theater.