Laurelhurst Theater
Laurelhurst Theater and Pub
Special Events
9/2 - 9/4
» Major League
The Cleveland Indians have gone 34 years without a division title. When the team owner Donald Phelps dies his widow Rachel, a former showgirl, takes over as the new owner. Rachel hates Cleveland and she's planning on moving the team to Miami. She can't break the lease with Cleveland unless the attendance for the season is below 800,000 so she puts together a team so awful that the attendance will tank. Rachel and GM Charlie Donovan recruit some misfit players like catcher Jake Taylor, Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn (Charlie Sheen), third baseman Roger Dorn, outfielder Willie Mays Hayes, and Pedro Cerrano. As expected, the Indians get off to a slow start, but when they discover that Rachel wants the team to lose so she can move it the Indians get their act together and start winning games. This madcap, leather sport-ball comedy is written and directed by David S. Ward (of King Ralph). "Just a reminder, fans, comin' up is our 'Die-hard Night' here at the stadium. Free admission to anyone who was actually alive the last time the Indians won a pennant." (1989)
Major League

9/5 - 9/11
» Akira
A turning point in animation, Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira attains Jodorowsky levels of visionary excess and visceral insight. Set in the dystopian spectacle of Neo-Tokyo, Akira's story is a cyberpunk alchemy of stylish bosozoku bikers, amped-up military dictators, and psychic throw-downs. Considered "unmarketable" in the U.S. by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Akira has won a cult following worthy of its brutally energetic 160,000 animation cells. Globally mythic--and deeply adolescent-- Akira relishes in every detail of apocalypse-lovin', Cronenbergian punishment. "Enough! Open up your eyes and look at the big picture. You're all puppets of corrupt politicians and capitalists. Don't you understand, it's utterly pointless to fight each other."(1988)

9/12 - 9/18
» Every Which Way But Loose
One of the monster hits of the late 70's, Every Which Way But Loose surprised all the panning critics who couldn't understand why huge numbers of people loved the bond between a man and his orangutan! Philo Beddoe (Clint Eastwood) and Clyde are all about hard work, cold beer, country music, and good fights. But when the Black Widows gang and a hot yet eerie blond floozie (Sondra Locke) enter their world, Clint & company bust out on a score-settling road trip. Hey, Chewbacca's cool, but Clyde's real! Directed by James Fargo (The Enforcer). "I'm not afraid of any man, but when it comes to sharing my feelings with a woman, my stomach turns to royal gelatin." (1978)
Every Which Way But Loose

9/19 - 9/25
» The Omega Man
Tim Burton says that when he happens across The Omega Man on TV, invariably he watches it all the way to the end. Hell yeah! There's not much quite as satisfying as seeing Charlton Heston "handle" nocturnal albino-mutants. As the survivor of biological warfare, Dr. Robert Neville (Heston) comes to learn that his blood is the cure. But before he can find interracial love and before he can save orphans, Neville must deal with the leader of The Family, Matthias (played with scrotum-curdling, thespian intensity by Anthony Zerbe). Ron Grainer's alternately funky and poignant score ripens under your skin (Grainer did the Doctor Who theme!), and Heston is my man!! Note: Omega Man director Boris Sagal died in a Portland hospital in 1981 after being "partially decapitated" by helicopter rotors at Timberline Lodge during a shoot for the miniseries World War III. C'mon people, let's get that statue commissioned! "We waited for you, Neville, so you could see this: The end. The end of all you've done. You see, none of it was real. It was illusion. Your art, your science, it was all a nightmare. And now it's done. Finished." (1971)
The Omega Man

9/26 - 10/2
» Last Tango in Paris
What can you say about one of the most radical films of all time? Just make "butter" jokes? Ok, but I'd rather realize that Last Tango in Paris is supremely fresh not only as a movie but it's a painting, too. Director Bernardo Bertolucci and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro created what they describe as an "orange" film by absorbing the palette of Francis Bacon. Based on a dream of Bertolucci's about a "beautiful nameless woman," Last Tango portrays the very, very, very doomed love affair between a newbie widower (Marlon Brando) and a pretty young girl (Maria Schneider). Audiences went berserk over Last Tango's sheer eroticism. Unable to see it in their own country, thousands of Spaniards traversed the border into France. In the U.S., a bomb threat was directed at a theater and there were reports of "vomiting by well-dressed wives," along with multiple accusations of "pornography disguised as art." Simultaneously, Pauline Kael compared the American premiere to the first performance of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps! "Anyway, to make a long, dull story even duller, I come from a time when a guy like me used to come into a joint like this and pick up a young chick like you." (1972)
Last Tango in Paris


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