Travel & Venues

This page has information on the venue, public transportation, local eats, hotel accommodations. (updated 5/17/17)

The Portland Venue

The Hollywood Theatre was built in 1926. Over the years, the Theatre has seated audiences for vaudeville shows, silent films accompanied by live orchestration, Cinerama and more. Currently, more than 70,000 people visit the historic Hollywood Theatre each year.

The theater is located on 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd. in Portland Oregon, on the cross-streets of N.E. Broadway and 41st Avenue. The Hollywood Theatre does not have its own parking lot. However, street parking is available. Locate using Google Maps

The E.O.D. Center

In 2012, we introduced the E.O.D. Center (aka the Hollywood Senior Center) as an overflow venue. This year we will be utilizing it for panels, readings, artist and author alley, and other events TBA. The Hollywood Senior Center is a very short walk from the front door of the Theatre, located at 1820 NE 40th Ave, Portland, OR. You can enter through the front door on 40th Ave, or through the back door, accessible from the parking lot on 41st.

Main Hotels for 2017:

The Double Tree Portland has given us a courtesy rate of $155/night + tax for 1 King room, and $175/night + tax for 2 Queen Room (1 King) or a Double Room (2 Queen beds).  Located at 1000 NE Multnomah, near Lloyd Center, the Double Tree is right on the MAX light rail and is one stop from the Hollywood district. There are a limited number of rooms available, and this hotel usually sells out. The discounted rate ends on September 15, 2017.

To reserve online, CLICK HERE for the DoubleTree by Hilton group reservation page.


The Residence Inn Portland Convention Center is giving us a courtesy rate of $199/night + tax for Studio rooms (1 King or 1 Queen AND a sofa bed - sleeps up to 4 people), plus a discounted rate of $10/day for parking. Breakfast is included! Located at 1710 NE Multnomah St, near Lloyd Center, The Residence Inn is a couple of blocks from the MAX light rail, one stop from the Hollywood district. The discounted rate ends September 15, 2017.

To reserve online, CLICK HERE for the Residence Inn by Marriott group reservation page.


The Banfield Value Inn is located at 1525 NE 37th Ave, and is a short walk from the Hollywood Theatre (about 5 mins). They have a website, but the best way to guarantee your reservation is to call them. Phone: (503) 280-1400
The Banfield Motel is only a couple blocks away and is a no-frills hotel, and probably the only hotel within walking distance, depending on your idea of 'walking distance.'

Public Transportation

The theater is conveniently accessible by mass transit, via MAX (our lightrail system) or bus lines 12 (on Sandy Blvd), 66x, 75, or 77. Your stop: Hollywood Transit Center. Walk north two blocks to the theater. From the Airport you can take the RED line (CITY CENTER / HILLSBORO) and get off at the Hollywood District stop, then take the elevator (or climb the stairs) to the pedestrian walkway go north and walk 2 blocks to the theatre.

Lyft and Uber

Lyft and Uber both operate in Portland, OR. Both are inexpensive alternatives to Radio Cab and can be more convenient than taking the Bus or the MAX light rail. BUT, as with any ride-sharing app, please be safe and let people know where/when you're heading somewhere in a Lyft or Uber. Don't be afraid to talk to your fellow attendees, people are pretty friendly here in Portland and if you're all going to the same place, there's safety as well as economy in numbers.

Accessibility

The downstairs auditorium at the theatre is wheelchair accessible.  There's a virtual tour on the Hollywood Theatre website, so you can see what the hallways and entry areas look like. The Hollywood Senior Center is completely wheelchair accessible.

Food & Drink

Portland's historic Hollywood District features a wide variety of delicious foods and eateries, for practically any budget, although it should be noted that few will accept ancient Sumerian gold. The restaurants and eateries below are close to the theater, but if you are willing to venture further into the madness of Portland, then the world can be your unspeakable oyster!

More Accommodations

Check out Portland CitySearch for Portland hotels in general. The theatre is two blocks north of the Hollywood Max Station for the light rail Red/Blue lines that service downtown and the airport. Here is an incomplete list of hotels and other lodgings near the theater. Please note that although festival attendees have stayed at these hotels this listing should not be viewed as a particular endorsement.

 

More budget hotels... These are further away between the theatre and the airport but are walking distance to the Max Light Rail Tri-Met train system.

  • Days Inn Portland Airport
    1530 82nd Avenue NE
    Portland, OR 97220
    (503) 253-1151
  • Comfort Inn
    8225 NE Wasco Street
    Portland, OR 97220
    (503) 408-0505
  • Econolodge Airport Inn
    9520 Sandy Blvd NE
    Portland, OR 97220
    (503) 252-6666
  • Travelodge Portland Airport
    9727 NE Sandy Blvd.
    Portland, OR 97220
    (503) 255-1400
  • Best Western Pony Soldier Inn
    9901 NE Sandy Blvd.
    Portland, OR 97220-3323
    (503) 256-1504
  • Red Lion Inn & Suites Portland Airport
    5019 102nd Ave NE
    Portland, OR 97220
    (503) 252-6397

Visiting Portland

Welcome to Portland! With a thriving half-a-million-plus population, Portland is situated in an ideal geographical region, with oceans, mountains, hikes, waterfalls, and a wide variety of landmarks and interests usually within a short drive. Portland proper, a cultural mixing pot, boasts a metropolitan-class variety of shops, dining, entertainment, and other diversions guaranteed to occupy even the most avid flâneur. Portland's public transportation is affordable, convenient and, in fact, features a major light rail hub mere walking distance from the Hollywod Theatre. Wikipedia features a very comprehensive writeup for Portland, and is a little more realistic than the official one at Portland Online.