Columbia River
Theatre Organ Society

3439 N.E. Sandy Blvd., #259
Portland, OR 97232

Upcoming Events

Hollywood Silent Film
November 25, 2017, 2:00 PM
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Board Meeting
November 28, 2017, 7:00 PM
Stanford's Lloyd Center
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December 26, 2017, 7:00 PM
Stanford's Lloyd Center
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Calendar of all CRTOS events


CRTOS is dedicated to theatre organ preservation and promotion of this uniquely American instrument. We sponsor theatre organ concerts, silent films screenings, music workshops and theatre organ restoration projects in Oregon and Southern Washington. Click here for more information.

Fall Pipe Organ Pictures

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Oct. 21, 2017 - 2 PM
A masterpiece of horror that shocked cinema for decades! Directed by Rupert Julian, starring Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta, and thus forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae.

The Iron Horse (1924)
Nov. 25, 2017 - 2 PM
The Iron Horse is an American Western silent film directed by John Ford and produced by Fox Film. It stars George O'Brien and Madge Bellamy. In 2011, this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congressand selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

In the early 1850s, a boy named Davy Brandon leaves town with his father in search of a shorter passage for the (still-theoretical) Overland Route. Mr. Brandon's just a dreamer, says his friend, Thomas Marsh (Will Walling), but he'll miss the man. Marsha's daughter, Miriam, will miss Davy far more. Davy's dad indeed does discover a shorter route, through a gorge, but before he can pass this information along he's attacked by a band of rogue Cheyenne, led by a white man with missing fingers, who murders him in front of his son. The film presents an idealized image of the construction of the American first transcontinental railroad. It culminates with the scene of driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869. There is a note in the title before this scene that the two original locomotives from the 1869 event are used in the film, although this is false - both engines (Union Pacific No. 119 and Jupiter) were scrapped before 1910. Of course, a romantic story with love, treachery and revenge is also here.

Pipe Organ Pictures Series

Each of these films presented as they were meant to be experienced - with live organ accompaniment! Every film in this series is complemented by an original score, created and performed live by a professional musician. The Hollywood organ is dedicated to the memory of Beverly Ruth Nelson and is the result of a partnership between the Hollywood Theatre and the nonprofit Columbia River Theatre Organ Society. It is the only such instrument in a public theatre in Portland.

Live organ accompaniment provided by Dean Lemire on the Beverly Ruth Nelson Memorial Organ.

Tickets are $12.00 at the door of the Hollywood Theatre.

The Hollywood is located at: 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212.

Free parking for theatre patrons at the Broadway Medical Parking lot (located behind the theatre) during the clinic's non-office hours.

The Hollywood MAX station is two blocks from the theatre.