:: The coolest cinema ::
The coolest cinema I’ve ever been to was the Kennedy School Theatre in Portland. It’s located in the Kennedy School Hotel, which was once an elementary school. The 1915 building still holds the atmosphere and items of a school, but was adapted in 1997 by the McMenamins brothers to become a hotel / pub / restaurant / brewery / cinema. The hotel was easily one of the most interesting places I’ve ever stayed.
The Kennedy School Theatre auditorium features real sofas of different colours & types, little side tables where you can rest your brewed-onsite beer & fresh pizza, while the lobby features movie posters drawn on a chalkboard by a local artist. The cinema itself features first and second-run movies, projected in crisp DCP (Digital Cinema Package). In fact, the movie Curtis & I watched was not something we would have chosen otherwise, but because we wanted so badly to experience the place (and we had free tickets as hotel guests), we put up with that evening’s offering. Not a daunting task, though, since we had incredibly delicious, fresh Portland beer & pizza in our hands.