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2016 Topdown: Rooftop Cinema

How often can you say that you’ve enjoyed watching a movie under the setting summer sun, leading you through an engaging story and into the backdrop of the beautiful Portland skyline? Join us for the 12th annual film festival under the stars, the 2016 Top Down: Rooftop Cinema.

Already, the premiere of the festival’s first film, Edward D. Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), followed by a sold out Raising Arizona (1987) kicked the series off to an undoubtedly excellent start. Atop the Hotel deLuxe’s parking structure at SW 15th and Yamhill, viewers are welcomed by live bands or DJs from The abundance of food and beverage options include Gracie’s, Aladdin’s Café, Brass Tacks Sandwiches, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Here are the films you can enjoy at the Top Down: Rooftop Cinema this year:

Plan 9 from Outer Space 4

Thursday, July 14th

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Directed by Edward D. Wood

Film preceded by: Rover’s Eye (2015), dir. Laura Heit

Musical entertainment provided by: DJ Nate Carson (Heavy Metal Sewing Circle)


Thursday, July 21st

Raising Arizona (1987) 

Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Film preceded by: Proximity (2014), dir. Joshua Cox

Musical entertainment provided by: XRAY.FM DJ Chancie Chance (Welcome to Your Good Day)

She's Gotta Have It 3Thursday, July 28th

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

Directed by Spike Lee

Film preceded by: Coined (2010), dir. Elijah Hasan

Musical entertainment provided by: XRAY.FM DJ Bobby D (Nightschool)


Key Largo 2Thursday, August 4th

Key Largo (1948)

Directed by John Huston

Film preceded by: For Jean-Pierre Melville (2015), dir. Ira Flowers

Musical entertainment provided by: Shelley Short


Attack the Block 4Thursday, August 11th

Attack the Block (2011)

Directed by Joe Cornish

Film preceded by: Wild Bichons (2013), dir. Stefan Nadelman

Musical entertainment provided by: Small Million


Hairspray 1Thursday, August 18th

Hairspray (1988)

Directed by John Waters

Film preceded by: One Week (2015), dir. Rollyn Stafford

Musical entertainment provided by: XRAY.FM DJ Theo Craig (Take it to the Bridge)


True Stories 1Thursday, August 25th

True Stories (1986)

Directed by David Byrne

Film preceded by: The Roper (2013), dir. Anna Sandilands, Ewan McNicol

Musical entertainment provided by: XRAY.FM DJ Honest John (Savage Beat)


Some important information to consider:

Entry for advance ticket holders is guaranteed until 8:30 pm. Advance tickets ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee entry after 8:30 pm. A limited number of chairs are available on a first-come, first- served basis, so feel free to bring a chair, pillow, or blanket, along with a light sweater or jacket. Advance ticket holders who arrive after 8:30 pm but are not admitted to the screening (in the case of a sell-out) may exchange their tickets for another Top Down screening. There are no refunds or exchanges for arrivals after the film begins (c. 9 pm) or for entirely missed screenings. Please, no pets or outside food or drink.

Advance tickets are available at $10 general; $9 student/senior/PAM member; $7 Silver Screen Club Friend. Tickets at the door are $12 general; $11 student/senior/PAM member; $9 Silver Screen Club Friend.


Thank you to our sponsors: Hotel deLuxe, Peter Corvallis Productions, Sierra Nevada Brewing CompanyKBOO, PDX Pipeline, and Artslandia.

For more information on the 2016 Top Down: Rooftop Cinema Film Festival, click here.

For pictures from the 2015 Top Down: Rooftop Cinema Film Festival, click here.


Written by Omar Rivera, PR/Marketing Intern