Updated November 2018. Double-check information before heading out!
Seeing a movie is a fun treat on a rainy day—or a super-hot day for that matter. But taking the whole family to a movie can be so expensive! Luckily, there are lots of discount movie theaters in the Portland area. Here are some of our favorites.
The Academy Theater not only plays second-run movies at a discount, they also feature classic movies (Goonies is a classic now, deal with it) for the whole family. They also feature snack pack deals for kids and if you want to turn it into a date night, offer babysitting during the movie for kids 2-8 years old.
Cost: $4 for ages 13 and up, and $3 for ages 12 and under and seniors. Tuesdays are buy one, get one free.
Location: 7818 SE Stark St., Portland
Avalon Theatre & Wunderland
Come for the movie, stay for the arcade games! The Avalon Theatre shows big hit second-run movies at a steep discount. But just as fun for kids is the nickel arcade.
Cost: $4.00 for ages 13 and up, and $3.50 for ages 12 and under and seniors. Get admission to the game room for an additional $3.25 for ages 13 and up, $2.75 for ages 5 to 12.
Location: 3451 SE Belmont St., Portland
A Wunderland cinema with 3D showings, plus game room and laser tag.
Cost: $6.00 all ages before 6:00 pm. Get admission to the game room for an addition $3.25 for ages 13 and up, $2.75 for ages 5 to 12.
Location: 17235 NW Corridor Court, Beaverton
Gresham Cinema & Wunderland
A Wunderland cinema with 3D showings, game room and laser tag.
Cost: $6.00 all ages before 6 pm. $1 additional for 3D. Get admission to the game room for an addition $3.25 for ages 13 and up, $2.75 for ages 5 to 12.
Location: 140 NW Burnside Rd., Gresham
Save a bundle heading to this theater for dinner and a movie. In addition to showing second-run movies, you can get more than just popcorn here. Grab a hot dog, nachos or pizza, and grownups can get beer, wine or hard cider.
Cost: $6 for standard films, $7 for 3D; Monday admission is just $2 for standard films, $3 for 3D.
Location: 11959 SW Pacific Hwy., Tigard
McMenamin’s Kennedy School
The Kennedy School theater may be best known for its “Crybaby Matinees” – where you can bring your baby to the first showing of the day Tuesday through Thursday without fear of side glances. But this single-screen theater plays a fun mix of second-run films, classics and independents all week long at heavy discounts. Grab a slice and a pint and you’ve got yourself a great rainy-day outing.
Cost: $5 adults, $3 kids ages 3 to 12.
Location: 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland
Westmoreland’s historic single-screen theater shows current movies for less. Drinks and popcorn are also less expensive than at big box theaters.
Cost: $7.00 for matinees, $9.00 general admission for evening shows, $7.00 for children (11 and under), military and senior citizens. Special pricing on Tuesday.
Location: 6712 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland
Mt. Hood Theatre
You’ll find great prices and snacks at this local neighborhood favorite for second-run movies. They also offer a popular 10-pack of kids movies for $10 through local schools.
Cost: $4.50 for adults; kids & seniors $3.50. Bargain Tuesdays $2.50.
Location: 401 East Powell Boulevard, Gresham
St. Johns Twin Cinemas
This two-screen neighborhood theater shows films from all over, and serves beer and pizza from locals. Pretty much the perfect combo.
Cost: $6 for all matinees (before 6 pm); $8 general admission.
Location: 8704 N. Lombard St., Portland
Milwaukie Cinema & Wunderland
A Wunderland theater with movies, game room and mini golf.
Cost: $6 all ages before 6 pm. Game room admission: $3.25 ages 13 and up; $2.75 ages 5-12 and seniors.
Location: 1011 SE Main St., Milwaukie