Columbia River
Theatre Organ Society

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

Upcoming Events

Hollywood Silent Film
June 24, 2017, 2:00 PM
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Board Meeting
June 27, 2017, 7:00 PM
Izzy's Gateway
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July 25, 2017, 7:00 PM
Izzy's Gateway
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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.

What's New

Our May selection for the Hollywood Theatre's Signature Film Series, "Pipe Organ Pictures"

In conjunction with the Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc., we will be showing a selection of the early creations from this very important pioneer of the film industry, recently preserved by the Library Of Congress. Ned Thanhouser, grandson of the studio's founder, will be introducing the films. Don't miss this special presentation at the Hollywood Theatre, Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2pm with live musical accompaniment provided by Dean Lemire on the Beverly Ruth Nelson Memorial Organ. Tickets are $12 at the door.

The 7 historic short films from Thanhouser Studios 1910 to 1915, are:

  • The Only Girl in Camp (1911, 5:42 mins)
  • A Circus Stowaway (1911, 10:44 mins)
  • Little Brother (1913, 6:40 mins)
  • The Tell-Tale Scar (1914, 12:02 mins)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1915, 21:03 mins, main feature)
  • Down on the Phoney Farm (1915, 2:26 mins, cartoon)
  • The Mistake of Mammy Lou (1915, 14:27 mins)

Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization involved in the research, acquisition, preservation and publication of educational materials related to the early silent motion picture era, with a specific focus on the Thanhouser film enterprise. From its founding in 1909 through 1917, Thanhouser Company, and its successor company, Mutual's Thanhouser Film Corporation, produced and released over 1,000 silent films to worldwide distribution. Want to learn more about silent films and preservation? The Thanhouser Company has a fascinating website bursting with information on their preservation efforts as well as links to many of their films available online, films posters, and glass slides along with silent film-era memorabilia.

The Saturday 2:00 pm matinee features live Unit Orchestra accompaniment with a special score created for this showing by Dean Lemire, rock star of the silent movie, playing 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.