Living Room Theaters

★★★★☆
  • 341 SW 10th Ave

    Portland, OR 97205

    Cross street: Southwest Stark Street

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  • 971-222-2010

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Drink, eat, and recline while watching a movie. All the theaters are a bit different so be sure you look into which one you want to sit in. Only some have a full bar service too.

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★★★★★

Drink, eat, and recline while watching a movie. All the theaters are a bit different so be sure you look into which one you want to sit in. Only some have a full bar service too.

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This used to be one of my faves in the Pdx area. Since they've switched to reserved seating I can't stand it. It causes confusion EVERY time I've been there since the change. During every movie an employee comes in and starts telling

3
★★★★★

This used to be one of my faves in the Pdx area. Since they've switched to reserved seating I can't stand it. It causes confusion EVERY time I've been there since the change. During every movie an employee comes in and starts telling

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Normally you wouldn't think of a movie theater for live music, but Friday night we were at the Living Room Theaters, 10th and Burnside downtown, to hear a marvelous jazz trio.

An evening of complex, tightly woven patterns of rhythm, melody and beat that manages to remain full of breathing room for all three threads of gorgeous, three dimensional sound.

Original compositions and old favorites in exciting new ways, the guitar work of Eric Skye, the mandolin of Tim Connell and the vibrant, all encompassing bass of Brian Casey will make your head, and the rest of your body, feel good.

One of the best, if not the best, live jazz performances I've heard in my five years in Portland.

The staff is fast, friendly and attentive, and the beverage selection was excellent, and reasonably priced

Oh, and they have food and movies too ! ! !

2
★★★★★

Normally you wouldn't think of a movie theater for live music, but Friday night we were at the Living Room Theaters, 10th and Burnside downtown, to hear a marvelous jazz trio.

An evening of complex, tightly woven patterns of rhythm, melody and beat that manages to remain full of breathing room for all three threads of gorgeous, three dimensional sound.

Original compositions and old favorites in exciting new ways, the guitar work of Eric Skye, the mandolin of Tim Connell and the vibrant, all encompassing bass of Brian Casey will make your head, and the rest of your body, feel good.

One of the best, if not the best, live jazz performances I've heard in my five years in Portland.

The staff is fast, friendly and attentive, and the beverage selection was excellent, and reasonably priced

Oh, and they have food and movies too ! ! !

Pros: Exceptional live music, fast, attentive service, reasonable

Cons: Not my favorite neighborhood to look for parking

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This place is a very sweet theater, where you can get delicious food and watch a movie. The movies are more indie or foreign films, and the service is wonderful.

4
★★★★☆

This place is a very sweet theater, where you can get delicious food and watch a movie. The movies are more indie or foreign films, and the service is wonderful.

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Perhaps I came here on the worst night in the history of the Living Room Theatre, or maybe it was my age (middle), or my attire (not Pearly), but prior to attending a screening of 'Broken Embraces', I sat at a table in the restaurant for fifteen minutes and no waiter or waitress ever appeared. My friend had been waiting longer than this. She had initially been able, with some difficulty, to snag a drink from a flip and distracted passing waitress, but no one ever returned to our table after my arrival, and my friend could not get anyone to take her money. Finally, five minutes before the film was to begin, my friend just left a wad of money on the table, and we went in, drinkless and foodless (we had meant to order dinner and drinks for the film). As it turns out, not having been able to do so was a good thing. There were no tables in the cinema, just little plastic armrests/cup holders. Aside from the film, the most entertaining thing about our evening at the Living Room was watching egregiously trendy patrons balancing their dinners on their laps and dropping their silver on the floor, all through the movie, like socialites at a rubber chicken benefit buffet. As social comedy, this place works. As a cinema/restaurant, it fails miserably. McMenamin's cinemas offer comfortable seating with substantial wooden tables, and in-cinema table service. Too bad they show such crappy films. There are few places in Portland that screen foreign films, but since most of the films screened at the Living Room are already available on DVD, I will just stay home. The decor is more comfortable and elegant, and there is none of that bothersome Portland 1970s plastic/aluminium/cheap layered wood aesthetic.

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★☆☆☆☆

Perhaps I came here on the worst night in the history of the Living Room Theatre, or maybe it was my age (middle), or my attire (not Pearly), but prior to attending a screening of 'Broken Embraces', I sat at a table in the restaurant for fifteen minutes and no waiter or waitress ever appeared. My friend had been waiting longer than this. She had initially been able, with some difficulty, to snag a drink from a flip and distracted passing waitress, but no one ever returned to our table after my arrival, and my friend could not get anyone to take her money. Finally, five minutes before the film was to begin, my friend just left a wad of money on the table, and we went in, drinkless and foodless (we had meant to order dinner and drinks for the film). As it turns out, not having been able to do so was a good thing. There were no tables in the cinema, just little plastic armrests/cup holders. Aside from the film, the most entertaining thing about our evening at the Living Room was watching egregiously trendy patrons balancing their dinners on their laps and dropping their silver on the floor, all through the movie, like socialites at a rubber chicken benefit buffet. As social comedy, this place works. As a cinema/restaurant, it fails miserably. McMenamin's cinemas offer comfortable seating with substantial wooden tables, and in-cinema table service. Too bad they show such crappy films. There are few places in Portland that screen foreign films, but since most of the films screened at the Living Room are already available on DVD, I will just stay home. The decor is more comfortable and elegant, and there is none of that bothersome Portland 1970s plastic/aluminium/cheap layered wood aesthetic.

Pros: Foreign films

Cons: Total lack of service, laughably trendy (1970s) design

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Great place to see a movie! Order a salad and a artisan personal pizza , settle into their plush recliners, or private tables and chairs and enjoy your movie, they bring the food to you! They also have a full bar!

4
★★★★☆

Great place to see a movie! Order a salad and a artisan personal pizza , settle into their plush recliners, or private tables and chairs and enjoy your movie, they bring the food to you! They also have a full bar!

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Clearly upscale establishment, but the price for the movie and the food was a bit over the top ($9 movie, $4 for questionable popcorn, $12.00 for turkey panini). Great for the snobs of society. I really enjoyed the atmosphere (no kids) and having a martini with my movie, and the staff was very attentive, but I will go there only when I feel the need to spend a wee bit foolishly. A light dinner for 2, a couple of drinks per person, movie and popcorn set us back $79.00!!!

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★★★☆☆

Clearly upscale establishment, but the price for the movie and the food was a bit over the top ($9 movie, $4 for questionable popcorn, $12.00 for turkey panini). Great for the snobs of society. I really enjoyed the atmosphere (no kids) and having a martini with my movie, and the staff was very attentive, but I will go there only when I feel the need to spend a wee bit foolishly. A light dinner for 2, a couple of drinks per person, movie and popcorn set us back $79.00!!!

Pros: atmosphere, attentive staff, no kids

Cons: price and snob factor

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I am so happy to have found the Living Room, it's right across from Ace Hotel, and nearby my favorite watering hole, Henry's. What an awesome place, as I am a snob and can't find that many cool spots in Portland since moving out here from NYC.

The guys who owns this joint knows what upscale people want, tasteful music, food, drinks and movies in one spot-plus I can eat dinner WHILE I watch my movie! How cool is that! I think I love this place! I won't forget to mention that the people that frequent this place tend to be better looking and fashionable, which is always a plus (beautiful people, here I come)!

That's about all I can say-catch dinner at the Ace around 8-, head for the Living Room after that for drinks and tasty snacks while you catch your flick...then it's on to Henry's for a drink...ahhhh...quite possibly the perfect evening!

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★★★★★

I am so happy to have found the Living Room, it's right across from Ace Hotel, and nearby my favorite watering hole, Henry's. What an awesome place, as I am a snob and can't find that many cool spots in Portland since moving out here from NYC.

The guys who owns this joint knows what upscale people want, tasteful music, food, drinks and movies in one spot-plus I can eat dinner WHILE I watch my movie! How cool is that! I think I love this place! I won't forget to mention that the people that frequent this place tend to be better looking and fashionable, which is always a plus (beautiful people, here I come)!

That's about all I can say-catch dinner at the Ace around 8-, head for the Living Room after that for drinks and tasty snacks while you catch your flick...then it's on to Henry's for a drink...ahhhh...quite possibly the perfect evening!

Pros: movies, food, drinks

Cons: parking can be a drag

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In the realm of awesome independent movie theaters in the Portland area, this one really doesn't stick out. I was surprised when I did not receive an actual ticket stub. While this matters not to most people, I get a lot of enjoyment collecting movie stubs over the years...I have a ton. I was also very surprised that they did not offer decent popcorn!! What I was given was a very tiny little "dish" with stale, awful popcorn. I think it was $4. And I'm sure this varies with employees, but the one I was speaking to was less than friendly. If this movie theater is playing something I really want to see, I'll come here again. Otherwise, there are much better theaters I want to spend time at and spend my money on.

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★★★☆☆

In the realm of awesome independent movie theaters in the Portland area, this one really doesn't stick out. I was surprised when I did not receive an actual ticket stub. While this matters not to most people, I get a lot of enjoyment collecting movie stubs over the years...I have a ton. I was also very surprised that they did not offer decent popcorn!! What I was given was a very tiny little "dish" with stale, awful popcorn. I think it was $4. And I'm sure this varies with employees, but the one I was speaking to was less than friendly. If this movie theater is playing something I really want to see, I'll come here again. Otherwise, there are much better theaters I want to spend time at and spend my money on.

Pros: Comfortable seats, no children!

Cons: If you want popcorn, don't come here.

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Happy New Year! I have been going to Living Room for almost a year. I can see they have made loads of changes in their independent theater concept, since they opened. I am an optimistic individual, I am sure being new in the Portland Independent Theater market they must have had their share of challenges, but as the year passed by I have seen numerous changes in their service and movie selection. Yes, it is slight over priced for drinks and food, but it?s same everywhere. Where can you enjoy watching ?Casablanca? on a big screen with a glass of red wine? Oregonians, who are independent movie lovers like me give this place a chance, it will grow on you. Don?t take my word for it, experience it yourself.

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★★★★★

Happy New Year! I have been going to Living Room for almost a year. I can see they have made loads of changes in their independent theater concept, since they opened. I am an optimistic individual, I am sure being new in the Portland Independent Theater market they must have had their share of challenges, but as the year passed by I have seen numerous changes in their service and movie selection. Yes, it is slight over priced for drinks and food, but it?s same everywhere. Where can you enjoy watching ?Casablanca? on a big screen with a glass of red wine? Oregonians, who are independent movie lovers like me give this place a chance, it will grow on you. Don?t take my word for it, experience it yourself.

Pros: Great movie selection and service

Cons: Drinks over priced

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After placing a drink order we wanted to go and watch a movie but the bartender would not let us keep the tab open. Seems like a bad policy and discourages people to eat or drink during a movie. The seats are comfortable, but the back row is not as nice. I don't think that I like the digital movie watching compared to regular film movies. We come back if a particular movie is showing there, not for the quality.

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★★★☆☆

After placing a drink order we wanted to go and watch a movie but the bartender would not let us keep the tab open. Seems like a bad policy and discourages people to eat or drink during a movie. The seats are comfortable, but the back row is not as nice. I don't think that I like the digital movie watching compared to regular film movies. We come back if a particular movie is showing there, not for the quality.

Pros: Different Movies

Cons: Expensive food

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I find it hard to believe that this place is charging $9 for movies I can rent on DVD down the street for $1.50 to $3.00!!! They are NOT running first run independent or foreign films, they are second rate movies at best.

The architecture is absolutely stunning, the bar is great and the staff is relatively friendly even though at times they are not knowlegable about the movies playing.

Food portions are indeed small yet very tasty.

Frankly, go and enjoy a quick coffee and a small bite and skip the $9 movie.

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★☆☆☆☆

I find it hard to believe that this place is charging $9 for movies I can rent on DVD down the street for $1.50 to $3.00!!! They are NOT running first run independent or foreign films, they are second rate movies at best.

The architecture is absolutely stunning, the bar is great and the staff is relatively friendly even though at times they are not knowlegable about the movies playing.

Food portions are indeed small yet very tasty.

Frankly, go and enjoy a quick coffee and a small bite and skip the $9 movie.

Pros: Nice atmosphere and good bar.

Cons: Movies available on DVD are playing! They are not first run movies!

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About a month ago I went to the theater, ready to enjoy a bite while we watched a movie. Unfortunately, we were never served or offered any food. Another group came into the theater, were promptly served by someone, and we were ignored. The picture then went out for about 5 minutes during the movie while the sound continued. No one offered an apology. I mentioned this to the manager who offered to mail vouchers so my friend and I could try the experience again. I still haven't received anything by mail though I called again and he said that he hadn't been able to since we first talked and would do so promplty. I really wanted to like the place, but I think that I will drive the extra miles to Cinetopia.

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★★★☆☆

About a month ago I went to the theater, ready to enjoy a bite while we watched a movie. Unfortunately, we were never served or offered any food. Another group came into the theater, were promptly served by someone, and we were ignored. The picture then went out for about 5 minutes during the movie while the sound continued. No one offered an apology. I mentioned this to the manager who offered to mail vouchers so my friend and I could try the experience again. I still haven't received anything by mail though I called again and he said that he hadn't been able to since we first talked and would do so promplty. I really wanted to like the place, but I think that I will drive the extra miles to Cinetopia.

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I recently tried this new theater concept out last night. Some friends of ours came along. We all were thoroughly impressed. The "vibe" was warm, contemporary and friendly. The movie was great, we did not notice any imperfections in the format, as the previous reviewer did. The small portions of the food were sort of disappointing, but all foods that were ordered were very tasty. The waiter brought our food just as the previews were starting. The menu items were fairly varied and adequate for a lite dinner or snacks. The chairs were very comfortable with lots of legroom to spread out. The chairs also have arm rests that can be lifted so you can cuddle with your sweetie, if you like to do those things. All in all, we loved the place, and all expressed that we would return again in the near future. Oh, and if you are an educator, you can get a $3 discount on the price of the movie ticket. Now, finally a place that values educators!

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★★★★★

I recently tried this new theater concept out last night. Some friends of ours came along. We all were thoroughly impressed. The "vibe" was warm, contemporary and friendly. The movie was great, we did not notice any imperfections in the format, as the previous reviewer did. The small portions of the food were sort of disappointing, but all foods that were ordered were very tasty. The waiter brought our food just as the previews were starting. The menu items were fairly varied and adequate for a lite dinner or snacks. The chairs were very comfortable with lots of legroom to spread out. The chairs also have arm rests that can be lifted so you can cuddle with your sweetie, if you like to do those things. All in all, we loved the place, and all expressed that we would return again in the near future. Oh, and if you are an educator, you can get a $3 discount on the price of the movie ticket. Now, finally a place that values educators!

Pros: great service staff, atmosphere, food and intimate movie rooms

Cons: sort of small food portions

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Overall this is a great place. The bar and the atmosphere are excellent. The food is good and reasonably priced for the small portions. The theaters are extremely comfy with huge seats and even tables in the back. Their emphasis on foreign and independent features is gutsy and a refreshing change.

However ff you come here to see features projected in stunning digital high resolution, you will probably be disappointed. We saw "Late Night Shopping". It was a great funny movie but it was only slightly better than DVD resolution and clearly projected at the wrong aspect ratio (stretched horizontally). There were even obvious interlacing artifacts (staircasing during motion).

I emailed them the next day about this and they said they have no control over what format features come to them so they often have to do their own conversions. The feature we saw had been converted from broadcast quality PAL digibeta which was surprising since there are two or three ways to project or convert this format without causing the interlacing artifacts we saw (film content is 25 fps progressive in this format). This along with the obviously wrong aspect ratio tells me they don't know how to do these conversions properly.

They said they do sometimes get real high definition features in HDCAM and D5 format but how are we to know which ones they are? These are not Hollywood films that you can expect to be distributed in a format intended for digital projection. Most likely you will be paying $9 to watch a DVD on a large screen or perhaps even a poorly converted DVD.

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★★★☆☆

Overall this is a great place. The bar and the atmosphere are excellent. The food is good and reasonably priced for the small portions. The theaters are extremely comfy with huge seats and even tables in the back. Their emphasis on foreign and independent features is gutsy and a refreshing change.

However ff you come here to see features projected in stunning digital high resolution, you will probably be disappointed. We saw "Late Night Shopping". It was a great funny movie but it was only slightly better than DVD resolution and clearly projected at the wrong aspect ratio (stretched horizontally). There were even obvious interlacing artifacts (staircasing during motion).

I emailed them the next day about this and they said they have no control over what format features come to them so they often have to do their own conversions. The feature we saw had been converted from broadcast quality PAL digibeta which was surprising since there are two or three ways to project or convert this format without causing the interlacing artifacts we saw (film content is 25 fps progressive in this format). This along with the obviously wrong aspect ratio tells me they don't know how to do these conversions properly.

They said they do sometimes get real high definition features in HDCAM and D5 format but how are we to know which ones they are? These are not Hollywood films that you can expect to be distributed in a format intended for digital projection. Most likely you will be paying $9 to watch a DVD on a large screen or perhaps even a poorly converted DVD.

Pros: first class seats and theaters, great food, friendly employees

Cons: poor digital projection

 

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