McMenamins Bagdad Theater
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd
"If Adventure has a name...
Sunday, January 8th, 2006: The monthly Portland late-night staple, The Cort and Fatboy Midnight Movie, got its accidental start as a charity screening for about 20 people at McMenamin's Kennedy School. A DVD of Raiders of The Lost Ark was shown promptly at midnight, and maybe the resolution was a little low, maybe the colors were a little flat, but the movie did what it always does - completely enthralled the audience sitting in front of it. It's only the finest action movie ever made, after all. Not even the Ark itself could likely hold the pure magic Spielberg, Lucas, Kasdan and Ford managed to harness for that film.
Friday, August 5th, 2011: Cort and Fatboy continue to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Midnight Movies inexplicably surviving as long as they have by going back to the film that started it all. And maybe the 35mm print will be a little faded, a little scratched up, maybe the audio will be a little fuzzy, but Raiders of the Lost Ark is going to do what it always does, because it's only the finest action movie ever made, after all.
Admission is $3.00, you must be 21 or older to attend. The doors open at 10pm, a pre-show reel will precede the movie, and then at 11pm, a blue mountain will appear on the screen, and it will fade into a real mountain, and John Williams' music will slowly, ominously begin rising on the soundtrack, and the next two hours will be, guaranteed, the finest bit of summer blockbusting you'll get a chance to witness this year. It just so happens that the blockbusting you're watching is 30 years old."