Columbia River
Theatre Organ Society

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


Upcoming Events

Board Meeting
April 23, 2019, 7:00 PM
The Old Spaghetti Factory, 715 SW Bancroft, Portland, OR 97201
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Hollywood Silent Film - The Lodger (Hitchcock)
May 25, 2019, 2:00 PM
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Board Meeting
May 28, 2019, 7:00 PM
The Old Spaghetti Factory, 715 SW Bancroft, Portland, OR 97201
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Calendar of all CRTOS events

Welcome

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.

The Lodger

2 p.m. Saturday May 25, 2019

Considered the first true Hitchcock film by many (and by Hitchcock himself), this was the "master of suspense" in his first foray into the thriller genre. Ivor Novello plays a mysterious tenant who may be implicated in a series of Jack the Ripper-style murders; his performance dares the audience to suspect an attractive man of unspeakable crimes.

The film's style is marked by both the long shadow of German Expressionism and by Hitchcock's own visual ingenuity, as in the famous sequence of the lodger pacing in an upstairs room, shot through a floor of glass. This is Hitchcock at his most innovative - a true masterpiece that's not to be missed.

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Original score composed and performed by Hollywood organist Dean Lemire on the mighty Wurlitzer - Beverly Ruth Nelson Memorial pipe organ.

While previous events at the Hollywood have featured live organ accompaniment, the organ sound itself was digital, powered by large speakers backstage. Now, the sound will once again come from the theater's pipes. The Columbia River Theatre Organ Society has spent thousands of volunteer hours meticulously refurbishing the theater organ, tracking down vintage organ parts and pipes, restoring the original Hollywood organ chamber, and installing electrical lines, wind lines, and a mammoth 15hp organ blower in the basement.

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.

Hunchback Of Notre Dame

2 p.m. Saturday June 22, 2019

Lon Cheney stars in this 1923 silent movie. The film is based on Victor Hugo's 1831 novel, and is notable for the grand sets that recall 15th century Paris as well as for Chaney's performance and make-up as the tortured hunchback Quasimodo. The film elevated Chaney, already a well-known character actor, to full star status in Hollywood.

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Jonas Nordwall presents a special score comprised of themes by composers that were resident organists at the famed Paris Cathedral since 1600 AD to the present.

While previous events at the Hollywood have featured live organ accompaniment, the organ sound itself was digital, powered by large speakers backstage. Now, the sound will once again come from the theater's pipes. The Columbia River Theatre Organ Society has spent thousands of volunteer hours meticulously refurbishing the theater organ, tracking down vintage organ parts and pipes, restoring the original Hollywood organ chamber, and installing electrical lines, wind lines, and a mammoth 15hp organ blower in the basement.

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.

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.

Tickets are $12.00 at the door of the Hollywood Theatre. Click here to sign up for silent film announcements!