The Clinton Street Theater is suitable for premieres, parties, and productive work meetings.
We screen films and are a great community space for live theater productions, dance performances, storytelling, variety shows, stand-up comedy, burlesque, live music of all sorts--really whatever you want to create and share with the community.
Rates vary based on time of day and day of week, and can range anywhere from $160 to $325 an hour. Daytime week days are least expensive, Saturday night is the most expensive. I offer discounts for nonprofits, independent filmmakers, local artists, fundraisers, and folks doing good in the world.
For live events (music, theater, etc.), we can also arrange an equitable door share so that you don't need to pay anything up front.
We provide microphones and a PA (we do not recommend or offer for bands), tables for merchandise, and marquee signage on the day of the event.
We have a limited on-premises liquor license, which means we serve beer, wine and hard cider. I've been know to make a few kick-ass sake cocktails in my time--I can get creative as long as there is no hard alcohol involved.
You can bring in any food that you like, but because of my OLCC license, you cannot bring in any type of alcohol. This includes donated beer/wine with a few exceptions. We can discuss all of this when you make your booking.
We generally book out 6 weeks in advance, and 1/4 of the total is required at the time of the booking in order to be considered confirmed.
We would love to make your idea/vision a reality, so call 503-897-0744 or write to email@example.com today to inquire about booking your event.
"A great time was had by all! My son the budding filmmaker just finished a documentary about my dad growing up in the depression, fighting in Korea and all that. Before taking it out into the film world, we premiered it at the Clinton Street Theater and turned it into an extended family reunion. The facility was great. The film looked terrific on the big screen and Lani Jo took care of everything we needed, even setting up tables for pizza from Atlas Pizza and a cake from Jaciva's on Hawthorne. This is definitely a great place to hold your event."
Robert Green, Attorney
We were wildly pleased with the Clinton yesterday. The kids loved it, the actors loved it, it was really everything we were hoping for. Thank you! We will definitely reach out again.
Sunny Bleckinger, Play Write, Inc.
Thank you again so much for everything you're doing to keep Clinton st a vital and evolving part of Portland's arts scene. I know so many people who have had life changing experiences in those four walls and carried that feeling with them forward into whatever they do. I'm one of those people. That space has meant SO so much to me over the years and presented me and so many friends with so many opportunities. I'm really glad it's in good hands with your stewardship.
Arya Imig, local musician
Now that we have finally had some time to decompress, we at BCCTV would like to thank you both so much for letting us screen our works last night. It was such a blast for all of us and for everyone in the audience. You guys are so wonderful; it particularly meant a lot for our crew -- they've put their heart and souls into these projects, and for them to have a chance to get to see them on the big screen means the world to us. So thank you again.
Peter Falanga, BCCTV
Thanks so much for all of your help with the event last Wednesday! We had such a good time and really appreciate your efforts. The space was wonderful with the new lighting and numerous friends/family commented on how much they enjoyed the theater. We hope you have a great holiday season and we will not hesitate to contact you if we have another musical event in the future...
JJ Farnum, JJ Music Promotions
"I wanted to let you know that in the end we raised $1,226.75 for the Unist'ot'en. Thank you so much for all your support! We really appreciated it and could not have had such a successful event without you. The money will make a huge impact in continuing the amazing resistance up there."
David, Rising Tide
"Thank you again for hosting us! We had terrific turnout, and our fundraising event was a big success. Thank you for all of your help in coordinating! I hope the theater made it back to normal condition after the event. We loved being there, and received great feedback from our guests about the fantastic location. We hope to repeat next year!"
Brittani Garner, Bicycle Transportation Alliance of Oregon
"Thank you so much for hosting our event on Sunday. We were really happy with the turn out and your theater was the perfect place for our premiere. You and your staff were so supportive and really helped make our event a success. We really appreciate everything you did for us. The kids were thrilled to see the film title on the marque!
Mariah Dunn, Children's Healing Art Project Movie
"Thank you so very much! The event ended up being much more special than I ever could have imagined. I really hope we weren't too wild -- I didn't expect so many people to turn out (I mean, a bad b-movie. Really?!).
Thank you for being so facilitating and thanks for keeping that fantastic venue alive!"
on the occasion of his 30th birthday
"The Clinton Street Theater is the friendliest, most community oriented and generous movie theater I've encountered in Portland-or anywhere else! Their generosity has allowed us to get a wider audience for an important humanitarian documentary film we're screening here in Portland, called Coming Off Psych Drugs. The staff has been friendly and helpful both times I screened the film. Other movies theaters I inquired with charged an arm and a leg for their space, so I am certain the Clinton Street Theater has a strong sense of values, integrity and ethics. They clearly care about giving back to the community and providing a space for unique and important media that is outside the mainstream. It is also comfortable with good volume and temperature moderation, unlike some theaters that are too loud or too cold. This theater has given me a whole new sense of what a movie theater can be and I am so grateful it exists here in Portland."
writer, teacher, coach, group facilitator, and activist for change in the “mental health” system
"I wanted to check in with you to say an enormous, heartfelt thank you for being so incredibly flexible, patient, and kind for the entirety of the event. We were really pleased with how everything went, thrilled with the content of discussion, and felt so grateful to have such a perfect space where the community could come together."
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette