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McMenamins Bagdad 2017 — Album Description
Photos in Album: 11 Album Created: 5 Mar 2017 Last Updated: 9 Mar 2017
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In the past I posted a couple of articles recounting how I went with my young-​adult son to see Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens at McMenamins Grand Lodge and Star Wars: Rogue One at Mc­Men­a­mins Edgefield. Both movies were great, but I liked Rogue One a bit better.

During January 2017 I had been hoping to see Rogue One again at the Mc­Men­a­mins Bagdad Theater after a visit to the Japanese Garden, but snowy weather foiled my plans. Later in the month I was checking show dates and times at the Bagdad when I discovered, to my con­ster­na­tion, that that very day was the last day Rogue One would be at the Bagdad. In addition, it was National Popcorn Day, which is a great day to go to the theater and enjoy a bag (or more!) of that quintessential American delicacy.

In light of all this, I decided to make a special trip to Portland that day. By the time I arrived at 6:00 it was already dark — life in January in the Pacific Northwest. Parking was a challenge because SE Hawthorne Boulevard was packed out, and the surrounding area is narrow residential streets, but I managed to find a spot a few blocks away.

Once inside the historic theater (built 1927), I spent some time admiring and photographing the old-​fashioned Mediterranean / Middle-​Eastern décor. I’m sure that when the place is crowded it feels more alive, but when I was there the quietness and handful of people made it seem like an ancient sacred temple. I walked around in silence and awe. This would be a great place to watch Raiders of the Lost Ark!

The cavernous theater room is just as impressive as the rest of the building. Rows of large, illuminated columns on the side walls help uphold the ancient-​sacred-​temple feeling. I sat in the front row of the balcony, where I enjoyed popcorn, a hummus plate and a couple of Hammerhead beers during the movie.

The theater is not the only venue in the Bagdad Theater and Pub building. Because I visited only the theater portion, I am planning on returning later in 2017 for a mini pub crawl so I can enjoy food and drink, and get my Passport stamps, at the Bagdad Theater Pub, the Back Stage Bar and the Greater Trumps bar.

I took a total of 27 pictures at the theater; the best 11 now have a home in this album. Future photos from my next visit will be added to this collection.
For further details about the story behind the photos in this al­bum, see the related article, Star Wars at Mc­Men­a­mins Bag­dad The­ater.
The photos in this album were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera.
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