Columbia River
Theatre Organ Society

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

Upcoming Events

Board Meeting
April 24, 2018, 7:00 PM
Stanford's Lloyd Center
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May 22, 2018, 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.

Safety Last!

Safety Last! Starring Harold Lloyd as "the Boy" and Mildred Davis as "the Girl" this movie is ranked as number one on "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time". When a store clerk (Harold Lloyd) organizes a publicity stunt requiring someone to climb the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself. Safety Last, a 1923 comedy includes one of the most famous scenes from the silent film era. This scene shows Lloyd clutching the hands of a large clock as he dangles precariously from the outside of a skyscraper above moving traffic.

Lloyd performed some of the climbing stunts himself, despite having lost a thumb and forefinger four years earlier in a film accident. SAFETY LAST! was highly successful and critically hailed, and it cemented Lloyd's status as a major figure in early motion pictures. It is viewed today as one of the great film comedies. Original score composed and performed by Dean Lemire on the Beverly Ruth Nelson Organ.

April 28, 2018 at 2:00 at the Hollywood theater

Tickets: $12 General Admission; Student/Seniors $10 and advance tickets online 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.