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    classical old Laurelhurst 1923s movie theatre 1 more image

    by glabah Updated Sep 27, 2010

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    Quite a large number of Portland residents like the Laurelhurst Theatre, or at least a large enough number of them like it to vote the Laurelhurst into a number of favorite lists, including an annual survey by the off-beat Willamette Week newspaper.

    The movie theatre has four screens, and the actual number of seats in each is relatively small. All of the movies shown here are second-runs (that is, movies that are old enough to have fallen out of the big megaplex theatres, but not old enough to be released on disk yet) and therefore the price per ticket is only $3, which is less than half of some of the megaplex places.

    The seats are padded, and therefore are more comfortable than the Bagdad theatre over on Hawthorne (another 2nd run theatre that is much larger).
    All of the rows have tables for you to put your beer or other drink or food.

    The theatre was originally built in 1923, and a few of the furnishings (such as the sectional mirror in the lobby) are original.

    After a certain time (currently 3PM) visitors must be 21 or over, as those are the rules in places where beer and wine may be purchased. Pizza and other theatre concessions are also available.

    There is a very small parking lot on the west side of the building.

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    People enjoy Laurelhurst Park on a spring day 4 more images

    by glabah Written May 13, 2008

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    This park is located a few blocks south of Burnside, between SE 39th Avenue and 33rd Aveue. For the most part, this park is of local interest only. The park and pond does draw some interesting birds from time to time (including the occasional blue heron in the pond) but for the most part you can do better elsewhere if looking for birds. The park also has an off-leash area during certain hours of the day, which may be useful to you if you are traveling with a dog.

    The park has rest rooms (usually the ones on the north side of the park are open) and a drinking fountain and other amenities that are fairly standard in city parks. This includes a small playground on the south side of the park, and a few horseshoe pits.

    Due to the age of the park, the trees are generally large and due to the number of rhododendron it is a good place to visit in mid-spring.

    In early May, the area around the park is the home of the Laurelhurst Art Walk.

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    Laurelhurst Artwalk: Confusing Curvy Streets! 4 more images

    by glabah Updated Jun 13, 2007

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    See above tip for basics of the Portland art walks. This ArtWalk is annual.

    The 2007 Laurelhurst Art Walk was in mid-May, one weekend before the Mt. Tabor Art Walk. The general area is around Laurelhurst Park, but goes west to 28th Avenue and east as far as 45th Avenue. Unlike the Mt. Tabor and SE Portland ArtWalks, this art walk (at least in 2007) was a Saturday only event. On the other hand, due to the smaller area covered, there isn't as much need to go back and look a second time on Sunday.

    One problem with this art walk is the number of busy streets that cross over the neighborhood. However, on the particular Saturday I did this art walk, these streets were surprisingly easy to get across. One would NOT be able to get across Burnside without a cross signal on a weekday! No problem on May 12, 2007 though!

    ONE POTENTIAL PROBLEM FOR PEOPLE: If you are unfamiliar with the area, be very careful of the odd street layout in this area. It may seem like a grid, but it is not (see map, "photograph 1" on the list of photos). The streets are actually slightly curved, so that it is really easy to get lost if you don't know what you are doing - even if you have a good sense of direction!!

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Laurelhurst Off The Beaten Path

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    SE 44th & Ankeny: nativity scene on roof 4 more images

    by glabah Written Dec 21, 2007

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    If you live in Portland, or are visiting during Christmas, chances are you have heard of the much hyped Peacock Lane Christmas lights display.

    However, just north of Peacock Lane and SE Stark Street, a number of the houses in the Laurelhurst neighborhood put on Christmas light shows of their own. The area isn't anywhere near as densely lighted as Peacock Lane (not every house is lit - in fact most are dark). However, those that have lights are well decorated. SE 44th and 45th between Burnside and Stark are usually particularly good.

    It's not Peacock Lane, but:
    If you are coming all the way over to northern SE Portland to see Peacock Lane, you might as well walk around the surrounding area to the north and see what you can find in this area. You may find some interesting light displays.

    All of these photos were taken December 18, 2007.

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    Da Vinci Middle School stairway: art in school 2 more images

    by glabah Updated Dec 11, 2007

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    Da Vinci Arts Middle School is a fully functional middle school, as part of the Portland Public Schools system. It is particularly oriented towards arts students, and students are given the freedom to express themselves in a number of ways that are different from what is allowed in normal middle schools.

    Witness, for example, painted lockers in the hallways.

    As a general rule the school is not open to the public due to student security, but from time to time there are special events there. For example, there is a "holiday art sale" featuring local artists that benefits the school.

    For those interested in education and art, it may be fun to try to find one of these events when the school is open to the public and take the opportunity to look around the school.

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    Joan of Arc statue: looks spectacular from here 3 more images

    by glabah Written Aug 9, 2007

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    Coe Circle Park is the name of the circular park that is formed at the middle of the intersection of NE Glisan Street and 39th Avenue. This round-about intersection has been a feature of the city for decades.

    By far the most spectacular feature of this park is a statue of Joan of Arc, sitting atop a horse and covered in gold plating, and towering above all who get close to her.

    The statue was created in 1924, and after several decades of neglect it was refurbrished, which was completed in 2002.

    Unfortunatley, in recent years the statue has been damaged by visitors.

    It can be extremely dangerous to visit the statue, unfortunately, due to the huge amount of traffic coming through the intersection, much of which does not stop for pedestrians. If possible, I would suggest visiting early on a Saturday or Sunday morning, when there is much less traffic than during the rest of the week.

    The statue was created as a monument to those killed in World War I.

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