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Portland Modern

When you see the sign for Portland Modern on 21st Avenue in between Johnson and Irving Street, you probably will think one thing: “Oh, it’s another modern furniture store. Don’t they have like twenty of those in the Pearl District already?” Looking at the sign with its stark white coloring and stylized lettering, along with its unusual placement in the basement of the Irving Street Condominiums, your first thought feels even more confirmed. Then, you take the... 

  • Address:2109 NW Irving St.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 243-2580
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Cinema 21

Cinema 21 is a callback to the old days of movie glory. It’s the kind of place that used to be everywhere in Portland, but have since disappeared. It’s a movie palace, in the best sense of the term. It’s a place that exists solely for the reverence of movies. Obviously, due to all of these things, it’s considered one of the great landmarks of Northwest 21st Avenue. In a city that is absolutely fanatical about art and art film, Cinema 21 is one of the main places... 

  • Address:(503) 223-4515
    616 NW 21st Ave.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 223-4515
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Oregon Jewish Museum

One of the best parts of Portland is the city’s commitment to educating itself. This is most evident in the city’s collection of museums. From the world-class work done at places such as the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry or the Portland Art Museum, to the proliferation of galleries that make up the Pearl District and Alberta Arts District, to the smaller scale and more intimate museums such as the Oregon Nikkei Legacy center, a trip through Portland gives... 

  • Address:1953 NW Kearney St.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 226-3600
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The 3D Center of Art and Photography

These days, when you go out to the movie theater or even when you watch television, 3D is unavoidable. All of the biggest blockbuster movies are either being shot in 3D, or are being refitted for the format. Beyond that, 3D has invaded television, as well, promising to be the next evolutionary step after high definition. What’s not to love with that, though? Film, when it was first made, was meant to be an approximation of the stage, yet it always struggled with depth.... 

  • Address:1928 NW Lovejoy St.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 227-6667
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Voice Box

Very rarely does someone go to karaoke for their own sake. (They may go up after a few cups of sake, but that’s beside the point.) You’re not going to go up on stage in front of a bunch of people just because you felt like it. You’re going to go up on stage in front of a bunch of people because you have a few friends in that audience. But what if that’s too much pressure, seeing all those eyes staring back at you while you’re up there? You only got up on stage... 

  • Address:2112 NW Hoyt St.
    Portland, OR 97210
  • Phone: (503) 303-8220
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Mission Theater

One of the crown jewels of the McMenamin brothers’ empire of pubs, breweries, restaurants, hotels, and theaters is the Mission Theater, located on the corner of Northwest Glisan Street and Seventeenth Avenue. The Mission Theater is a classic example of a uniquely Portland phenomenon: the beer theater. While most cities have second-run theaters where you can catch new movies a big screen right before they hit video, Portland has second run theaters where you can sip... 

  • Address:1624 NW Glisan St.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 223-4527
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Fred Astaire Dance Studio

There are very few more awkward and embarrassing situations than when you go out on the town, people start hitting the dance floor, and when they ask you to join them, you have to respond with a somber and defeated, “I don’t know how to dance.” Dance is truly one of the greatest ways to express yourself. It’s aerobic, it’s artistic, and more than anything, it’s fun. It’s even fun to watch, as shows such as Dancing with the Stars have taken over airwaves... 

  • Address:305 NW 21st Ave.
    Portland, OR 97210
  • Phone: (971) 255-1918

Pro Photo Supply

Northwest Portland is as artistic an area as you will find in the city. Just about everyone you see fancies him or herself as some degree of artist. Some will say that they are performance artists. Others will say that they are writers and authors. Yet others choose their media as sketching and painting. However, the most prevalent is probably the photographers. You’ll see the amateur photographer taking pictures of leaves falling, and preserving their appetizer at... 

  • Address:1112 NW 19th Ave.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 241-1112
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Encore Audio/Video

Sony Only was a staple on the corner of Northwest Glisan Street and Fifteenth Avenue for decades. People driving up from the Pearl District on Glisan towards the rest of Northwest Portland and the suburbs beyond knew that Sony Only was the place to get all of their Trinitrons, Walkmen, and Mini-Discs (remember those?). However, society has changed in the past few decades. We enjoy variety, and breadth of knowledge. For that reason, Sony Only changed with the times as... 

  • Address:1610 NW Glisan St.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 224-9400
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If you really, truly care about audio, chances are that you have already heard of SuperDigital. Listening to and making music is one of Portland’s greatest passions, and SuperDigital is one of that passion’s most loyal servants. It is impossible to go out in Portland at night and not be able to find some sort of live music. Even better, there’s a good chance that the live act that you’re catching will be a local one. It almost seems like just about every Portlander... 

  • Address:1150 NW 17th Ave.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 228-2222
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Bang and Olufsen

The name “Bang and Olufsen” is synonymous with quality. The Danish company has been around since 1925, and has been innovating since that time. Their first significant product was a radio that ran off of alternating current, rather than the battery-powered radios that has been so popular prior to that. Ever since then, Bang and Olufsen has been at the forefront of household entertainment innovations, moving into diverse fields such as televisions, speakers, stereos,... 

  • Address:634 NW 12th Ave.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 206-7438
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Pearl Audio Video

Chances are, if you live in the Pearl, you like things done a certain way. When you had your home decorated, you may have had it done by a professional interior designer, someone who knew the perfect way to maximize your space, giving you a living room, bedroom, and kitchen that was totally original, and ridiculously stylish. You didn’t make trips out to Target and Ikea to get the things for your home: you had higher quality bought to you. Now, when you complete your... 

  • Address:1038 NW Johnson St.
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Phone: (503) 222-2599
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