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Clinton Street Theater

2522 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202, United States (map)

Future events happening here

  • Friday
    Jun 30 2017
    Arabic Music & Its Secrets/On The Banks Of The Tigris

    Clinton Street Theater

    ON THE BANKS OF THE TIGRIS: an extraordinary story of cultural resilience and identity. When war and conflict dominate the news, this film reminds us that real heroes play music, tell stories, and, in this case, make films. Iraqi-Australian writer/ actor Majid Shokor fled Iraq during the war, but later learned an amazing secret about the music he loved as a child and which he heard in coffeehouses, on the radio and in the markets of Baghdad. At its heart, this is the story of culture triumphing over regime, presenting Iraq as a significant multicultural centre, where Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions were welded together in a unique Iraqi culture that today appears almost utopian. #kboo #iraq #oud #arabicmusic #jewishmusic Suggested admission $7-10, but no on turned away for lack of funds! Decoupling people from their culture is a perennial tactic in war. The millions of Syrian refugees now seeking asylum across Europe retain little of their material culture, and within Syria cultural material is targeted for destruction. But people’s stories, songs and music do not need suitcases to survive, and it is worth being reminded that war is transient, regimes pass, but culture and identity are shared, enduring and powerful constructions.

    On the Banks of the Tigris (2015) – the product of 10 years of vision, belief, and sheer hard work by documentary filmmaker Marsha Emerman and Iraqi-Australian writer and actor Majid Shokor. The film chronicles Majid’s journey after fleeing Iraq to reconnect with the music he loved as a child and which he heard in coffeehouses, on the radio and in the markets of Baghdad.

    Last month, the film was awarded Best Documentary Film at the Baghdad International Film Festival. The award celebrates the resilience, in the face of relentless attack, of the people who create, nurture and preserve cultural identity.

    It explores the influence of Iraqi Jewish musicians in the cultural life of Iraq, charting their passage from Baghdad to Israel, from celebrity to anonymity. And it reflects on Majid’s own journey as a refugee from Saddam Hussein’s tyranny, and the journeys of so many like him.

    In Australia, the memory of the music of his childhood leads Majid to explore its history and to uncover the extraordinary truth that much of this music, still loved by Iraqis, was composed and performed by Iraqi Jews. This revelation takes Majid from Australia to Israel, Europe and Iraq to meet Iraqi-Jewish musicians, and other great Iraqi musicians, and to learn their stories.

    Kawkab Hamza, one of Iraq’s most famous songwriters in the 1960s, explains how the then Vice President, Saddam Hussein, contrived to erase the names of Jewish composers and other musicians unsympathetic to the regime. Refusing Saddam Hussein’s “invitation” in 1973 to join a committee to “review Iraqi musical heritage”, Hamza fled the country, with devastating results for himself and his family.

    Yair Dalal and Majid Shokor. Fruitful Films. In Israel Majid hears acclaimed composer, violinist, oud player, and singer Yair Dalal. Born in Israel to Iraqi-Jewish parents, Dalal performs traditional Iraqi music as well as his own compositions and teaches Iraqi music to young Israelis. “Arab” music, once dismissed in Israel, is now all the rage, an irony not lost on Dalal or those students from Arab-Jewish backgrounds.

    Ahmed Mukhtar master oud player. Fruitful Films. In the UK, Majid meets master oud player Ahmed Mukhtar, a composer and recording artist, born in Baghdad but a political refugee in the UK where he teaches oud and Arabic music theory at the University of London.

    On the Banks of the Tigris is an extraordinary story of cultural resilience and identity. When war and conflict dominate the news, this film reminds us that real heroes play music, tell stories, and, in this case, make films.


    KBOO Community Radio - KBOO streams online & airs on 90.7 FM Portland, 91.9 FM Hood River, & 104.3 FM Corvallis.

    We're volunteer-powered. We are community-centered. We are listener-supported, independent radio.

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  • Thursday
    Jul 13 2017
    Tomorrow Film Screening, benefits KBOO Community Radio

    This is screening as part of the monthly KBOO @ THE CLINTON series.

    Come watch this inspiring and uplifting documentary and spread the word about a more sustainable future for our planet and our children.


    KBOO Community Radio streams online & airs on 90.7 FM Portland, 91.9 FM Hood River, & 104.3 FM Corvallis. We're volunteer-powered. We are community-centered. We are listener-supported, independent radio.

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Past events that happened here

  • Monday
    Jun 26 2017
    Clinton Resistance Series presents FAME for Outside the Frame

    Seven classes a day and a hot lunch. That's what New York City's High School for the Performing Arts guarantees. Stardom? That's something the school's teenage musicians, actors, dancers and dreamers strive for. Fame sings the body electric, celebrating the growing-up process of honing talent, confronting realities, finding love, living life.

    Director Alan Parker (Evita, The Commitments) brings an energetic style to the crisscrossing stories of students (including future Academy Award winner Irene Cara, Paul McCrane (ER), Barry Miller (Saturday Night Fever) and two who returned in the later TV series, Gene Anthony Ray and Lee Curreri). Nominated for six Academy Awards, Fame won Oscars for its dynamic score and title tune.

    Tonight's nonprofit recipient is Outside the Frame, which was founded with the idea of helping homeless youth value themselves as productive members of society. OTF partners with excellent social service organizations to provide a much-needed creative outlet, technological training, and a sense of success that is contagious and visible to the public.

    To thrive, young people need more than their basic needs met, and OTF offers a model educational and vocational program, where young people create films about issues that matter to them and share them with the public.

    Program graduates have gone on to complete their GED, enroll in college, actively pursue employment and independent living, and make movies.


    Outside the Frame changes the way homeless and marginalized youth see and are seen through film.

    Clinton Resistance Series shows a free movie each Monday at 7pm. All donations collected at the door go to support a different weekly non-profit

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  • Thursday
    Jun 22 2017
    Film Screening of House On Coco Road, about the 1980s US invasion of Grenada

    THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD: the powerful 1980s Afro-centric Jewel revolution took hold on the island nation of Grenada, and then Reagan sent troops to invade. Firsthand accounts from activists Angela Davis, Fania Davis and Fannie Haughton weave together director Damani Baker’s family portrait of utopian dreams, resistance and civil unrest with a film score composed by music luminary Meshell Ndegeocello. #kboo #blacklivesmatter #angeladavis #meshellnegeocello suggested admission $7-10, but no one turned away for lack of funds!

    A fascinating and under-reported chapter in the never-ending struggle for justice on behalf of black men and women worldwide, as well as a scalding appraisal of Reagan-era racial attitudes at home and abroad.”. Justin Chang - LA TIMES

    In October 1983 the largest military power in the world, the United States, invaded one of the smallest countries on the planet, the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada--a country with a population smaller than Dayton, Ohio, and a military smaller than the New York City Municipal Police Department. The film celebrates women crucial to the Jewel movement, and examines why the US was determined to crush this Black Power Revolution.

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  • Monday
    Jun 19 2017
    Clinton Resistance Series presents But I'm A Cheerleader - a Benefit for Sankofa
    free

    In celebration of PRIDE Month, the Clinton Street Resistance Series presents a special screening of BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER (1999), directed by Jamie Babbit. This cult classic is a queer coming of age tale centered around the story of a naive teenager sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

    Bring your friends & celebrate Pride with all of your good friends down on Clinton Street.

    Tonight's nonprofit recipient is Sankofa collective.


    Clinton Resistance Series shows a free movie each Monday at 7pm. All donations collected at the door go to support a different weekly non-profit

    Sankofa Collective Northwest promotes the health and well-being of Black gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, education, organizing and advocacy, to end discrimination and secure equal human rights.

    Sankofa Collective Northwest carries out our mission of working towards the liberation of Black LGBTQ persons and therefore all Black people; through our key program areas of Faith Outreach, Youth Outreach, Portland Black Pride, Member Support, and Policy and Advocacy initiatives.

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  • Monday
    Jun 12 2017
    Clinton Street Resistance presents Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    free

    Teenaged Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a legend in his own time thanks to his uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last grand duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, "borrows" a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day bacchanal through the streets of Chicago. Dogging Ferris' trail at every turn is high-school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined to catch Bueller in the act of class-cutting.

    Exuberant and stacked hopelessly in favor of its chatty title character, this movie is both enjoyable and the king of the "smart kid/dumb parent" trend. Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media

    Sporadically hilarious, with roots that run far deeper than expected. Adam Smit, Empire

    Admission is free, but you can reserve your seat in advance by making a donation to our nonprofit recipient: National Immigration Law Center.

    Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

    NILC believes that all people who live in the U.S.—regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration and/or economic status—should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Over the years, it's been at the forefront of many of the country’s greatest challenges when it comes to immigration issues, and it plays a major leadership role in addressing the real-life impact of polices that affect the ability of low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive.


    Clinton Resistance Series shows a free movie each Monday at 7pm. All donations collected at the door go to support a different weekly non-profit

    Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

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  • Thursday
    Jun 8 2017
    Film Screenings: Chulas Fronteras, and Del Mero Corazon (KBOO Community Radio)

    CHULAS FRONTERAS & DEL MERO CORAZON Music of the Mexican community on both sides of the border becomes a form of social protest. Suggested admission: $7-10, but no one turned away ever for lack of funds! #kboo #Teardownthewall #noborderwall #loveyourneighbor

    CHULAS FRONTERAS (Beautiful Borders) filmed by the brilliant Les Blank in 1976, tells the story of the norteño or conjunto music which is played on both sides of the Mexico–Texas border. A complex, insightful look at the Chicano experience as mirrored in the lives and music of the most acclaimed Norteño musicians of the Texas-Mexican border, including Flaco Jimenez and Lydia Mendoza.

    DEL MERO CORAZON (STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART) documents the cantina way of life, both celebrated and found wanting. Here homes are broken up, and not just by migrant work–sometimes even by the music itself. Both short films by Les Blank 1976. The heart of Chicano culture in love songs of the Tex-Mex Norteña music tradition. Performers include, Little Joe & La Familia, Leo Garza, Chavela Ortiz, Andres Berlanga, Ricardo Mejia, Conjunto Tamaulipas, Chavela y Brown Express and more

    CHULAS FRONTERAS was selected by The Library Of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and was selected to be added to the National Film Registry list, as one of the 400 motion pictures to be preserved in perpetuity. We will also screen the beautiful short film, Del Mero Corazon, "Straight From The Heart."

    For almost 20 years, Les Blank has scoured modern America for the remnants of a simpler, happier, richer life. A life that usually centers around such indigenous music as blues, zydeco and norteño. His lyric documentaries honor the origins and settings that beget such music in what has evolved into a personal visual language: skies and rivers and roads and fields and pastures; tools and wildflowers; well-worked hands and well-earned faces; and, above all, food–the festive, greasy, smoking, aromatic indelicacies of America’s regional cuisines. His work is a national treasure and is worth a look almost without exception.

    Best of all of these programs is Del Mero Corazon, apparently constructed from Chulas Fronteras outtakes, in which Blank acknowledges, for once, the contradictions of contemporary simplicity. Associative yet acutely shaped, this is a movie in which the cantina way of life is at once celebrated and found wanting. Here homes are broken up, and not just by migrant work–sometimes even by the music itself. There’s more ugliness and sexuality than innocence and nobility of the faces, and the gorgeous two-dimensionality of the hot pastel backgrounds urbanizes Blank’s tone. A yearning lovesong belted over a UFW mural at the finale has more political power than all the slogans in Chulas Fronteras.

    Blank’s work is so warm, human-scale and casual that it’s ideal for home viewing, especially as an opener for one of those mouth-watering meals he always makes you crave.

    A lyrical journey through the heart of Chicano culture as reflected in the love songs of the Tex-Mex Norteña music tradition. Performers include, Little Joe & La Familia, Leo Garza, Chavela Ortiz, Andres Berlanga, Ricardo Mejia, Conjunto Tamaulipas, Chavela y Brown Express and more.

    A film by Les Blank, Maureen Gosling,

    Music of the Mexican community on both sides of the border becomes a form of social protest. Initial release: 1976

    Reviewed by Robert Christgau and Carola Dibbell

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  • Monday
    May 29 2017
    Clinton Street Resistance presents TOP GUN benefitting Feed The Hungry, Inc.

    Devil-may-care navy pilot Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is sent to Miramar Naval Air Station for advanced training. Here he vies with Tom Kasansky (Val Kilmer) for the coveted "Top Gun" award. When not so occupied, Mitchell carries on a romance with civilian consultant Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis). Shaken up by the death of a friend, Mitchell loses the Top Gun honor to Kasansky. Worried that he may have lost his nerve, Mitchell is given a chance to redeem himself during a tense international crisis involving a crippled US vessel and a flock of predatory enemy planes.

    The story wasn't new in 1986, but Top Gun scored with audiences on the strength of its visuals, especially the vertigo-inducing aerial sequences. The film made more money than any other film in 1986 and even spawned a 1989 takeoff, Hot Shots. An Academy Award went to the Giogio Moroder-Tom Whitlock song "Take My Breath Away." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Director: Tony Scott Country: United States Year: 1986 Runtime: 110 minutes

    There are elements that hold up - especially Cruise's blinding charisma. The aerial scenes are still thrilling, and perfectly suited to a giant screen. Everything else? Well, that depends on how nostalgic you're feeling. -- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

    Tonight's nonprofit recipient is Feed The Hungry, Inc.

    Founded in 1991, Feed the Hungry, Inc. is a community based, non-profit, non-denominational organization that provides a hearty meal once a week for as many as 165 people.

    Meals are served every Sunday at 2:15 p.m. in the parish hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2036 SE Jefferson St., in downtown Milwaukie, Oregon.

    Those who are homeless, hungry or simply looking for companionship, are received with understanding and respect.

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  • Monday
    May 22 2017
    Clinton Street Resistance presents The Last Dragon, benefitting Operation Refugee Child

    In New York City, a young man searches for the "master" plus obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way, he must fight a martial arts expert corrupted with power, and rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter.

    "There are three things that you can always count on in a memorable 80s flick: the guy always gets the impossible to get girl, the good guy wins the big fight at the end, and finally the main narrative is just a simple everyday homily. With quotable dialogue beyond my allotted word count and a soundtrack from the King of Motown, The Last Dragongets my “Reboot Ready” Stamp of approval." Jarrett Kruse, Den of Geek

    Tonight's nonprofit recipient is Operation Refugee Child.

    Operation Refugee Child (ORC) distributes backpacks with basic necessities to bring comfort, health, safety and warmth to refugee children and families who have left everything behind. Through their international network of volunteers and local NGOs in US, Middle East and Europe, ORC assembles and distributes backpacks to refugee children and families fleeing violence and war. In 2016, ORC distributed basic necessities and at least 10,000 backpacks to refugee children.

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  • Thursday
    May 11 2017
    Plant This Movie

    PLANT THIS MOVIE: Local Filmmaker, Karney Hatch, takes us on a global tour of fantastic urban farms in Havana, Shanghai, Addis Ababa, London, Lima, Calcutta, Lisbon and London- as well as hopeful and inspiring US urban farms -of course here in Portland, too :) #kboo #psxurbanfarms #eatlocal #savethebees With rapidly growing cities and a warming planet, Hatch shows how urban farming is a crucial key for urban health, food, community, habitat and even to help stop climate change. FREE SEEDS & PLANT STARTS to all attendees! Suggested donation: $7-10, with no one turned away for lack of funds! Filmmaker Q&A afterwards, with gardeners and beekeepers on hand to answer questions too. See you there! :) :) :)

    From EcoWatch: Granted, there were fewer people and more open spaces then, but it's still possible to grow a lot of food in urban areas, especially with composting and enriched soil techniques. Toronto plans to supply 25 percent of its fruit and vegetable production within city limits by 2025 and a study from Michigan State University concluded Detroit could grow 70 percent of its vegetables and 40 percent of its fruit on 570 vacant lots covering 5,000 acres of city land. One patch of Detroit land where 12 vacant houses were removed to grow food has supplied almost 200,000 kilograms of produce for 2,000 local families, provided volunteer experience to 8,000 residents and brought the area new investment and increased safety.

    Cities needn't be wastelands of car-choked roads and pavement. Incorporating food production into ever-expanding urban areas makes cities more livable and enhances the natural systems that keep us alive and healthy.

    Investing in small-scale farmers can help lift over 1 billion people out of poverty – UN report. - an estimated 2.5 billion people who manage 500 million smallholder farm households provide over 80 per cent of the food consumed in much of the developing world. Credit: IFAD

    Plant This Movie: 86 minutes.

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  • Sunday
    May 7 2017
    Film Screening - Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody

    Our healthcare system doesn't work...Medicaid and Medicare are under attack... what is the solution?

    Join the Portland Jobs with Justice Healthcare Committee, Health Care for All Oregon, Nurses for Single Payer, and Alliance for Democracy Portland for a screening and discussion of this important film that exposes the forces preventing us from winning single-payer healthcare for all.

    $5-20 sliding scale, no one turned away.

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  • Saturday
    May 6 2017
    Rocky Horror Picture Show - Benefit for Sisters of the Road
    through
    Clinton Street Theater

    Join the Clinton Street Cabaret, Portland's oldest, best, and only Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast, for two nights of absolute pleasure in support of Sisters Of The Road Café! We will be supporting the Café on our April 29th and May 6th shows.

    Experience the midnight show in all its splendor, complete with audience participation, callbacks, and the Clinton Street Theater live shadowcast, the Clinton Street Cabaret!

    We will be asking for donations at the door, and all proceeds from prop bag sales will go to Sisters of the Road Café. Strap on your fishnets for a great cause!

    Sisters Of The Road is a nonprofit Cafe in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood working to create systemic change that will end poverty and homelessness by providing nourishing meals in a safe, dignified space.

    Since 1979 the Café has been a fixture in the community advocating for non-violent social justice and change. Sisters Of The Road exists to build authentic relationships and alleviate the hunger of isolation in an atmosphere of nonviolence and gentle personalism that nurtures the whole individual, while seeking systemic solutions that reach the roots of homelessness and poverty to end them forever.

    The Clinton Street Theater, home to the longest running weekly showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" in the world, has been thrilling, chilling, and fulfilling the Portland community since 1978.

    Doors open at 11:30 PM Tickets are $8 Prop bags available for purchase (all sales go to Sisters Of The Road Cafe)

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  • Monday
    May 1 2017
    Clinton St Resistance presents Pink Floyd: The Wall on 35mm - Night Strike fundraiser
    free

    Here on Clinton Corner, we're doing our bit to make things better with a FREE movie every Monday night. We're taking donations for a good cause, so come to the Clinton Street Theater and drop $5 in the bucket.

    Special treat--brought to you on 35mm

    "Nothing is put together for you, but all the pieces of the puzzle are there for you to create what you want. It's refreshing to see a movie that is completely out of the box, and doesn't follow any present forumla. THE WALL is a great rock opera." Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine

    This week's screening is a Fundraiser for Night Strike.

    Night Strike is a community gathering that mobilizes volunteers/services, meets felt needs, and develops relationships that transform lives. It is a unique opportunity for people to spend time under the Burnside Bridge every Thursday night to love people because people matter. It is an opportunity for members of Portland’s homeless community to hang out, enjoy a hot meal, receive a free haircut or shave, have their feet washed and have their old shoes/clothes/sleeping bags replaced. It is also a chance for you to come down and share in the experience, help serve the needs of the homeless in our community, and more importantly, invest in lives and build relationships with the people you meet.

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  • Monday
    Apr 10 2017
    Clinton Street Resistance: Monty Python for VeteransResond
    free

    Free screening of Monty Python's The Meaning of Life!! Accepting donations at the door to support VeteransRespond. Help support those that are doing great work and an important part of the community! donate- watch, resist! Find out more here: http://www.veteransrespond.org/

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  • Monday
    Apr 3 2017
    Clinton Street Resistance: 1984 benefits ACLU

    Things are really f*cked up right now. And here on Clinton Corner, we're doing our bit to make things better.

    We'll be showing 1984 for free at 7pm! All donations collected at the door with be donated to ACLU

    Find out more at https://www.aclu.org/

    This special weekly event is brought to you by Dot's Cafe, The Lucky Horseshoe Lounge, Clinton Street Pub, and Clinton Street Theater.

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