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July 1, 2021 – September 25, 2021

The Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series, running July, August, and September 2021, welcomes guests to safely gather and experience the power that truly radical and entertaining cinematic storytelling can bring. Unbound from the traditional movie theater setting, we’re creating new venues throughout the city, closing out with the Open-Air Cinema at OMSI. The series will offer open-air screenings of great movies at OMSI with food, drink, fun weekend themes and costumes, plus outdoor watching at pop-up venues throughout Portland.

Cinema Unbound Summer Movies and Open Air Experiences will safely bring together our community to celebrate and explore cinema in all its forms. Bringing together our community—families, artists, front-line workers, partners across the city, cinephiles, and those who simply need a healing night out with popcorn under the stars—is what it’s all about.

Each night, you will meet storytellers whose narratives spring from a wide variety of building blocks and backgrounds. Some are first features, some are big-budget productions from those with storied creative careers. Some push boundaries in a future-forward way, and some just make us flat-out laugh and take us back to our youth. Some were made right here in the Northwest, and the rest hail from New York, Hollywood, and representative communities everywhere.

This summer’s lineup of unbound programming continues to make the best use of the benefits of fresh air as our community recovers from the pandemic.

Enjoy great movies, food, drinks (including beer, wine, cocktails) & spectacular sunsets!

Doors open one hour prior to sunset, with specific opening times emailed directly to guests prior to screenings. Food truck offerings, movie snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Entry for advance ticket holders is guaranteed until 10 minutes after the start of the feature film. 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 basis, so feel free to bring a chair or blanket, along with a light sweater or jacket.

There are no refunds or exchanges for arrivals after the film begins or for entirely missed screenings. Please, no pets or outside food or drink.

Tickets to OMSI screenings are $20 per person and $30 per person for special VIP seating.

VIP TICKETS – VIP seating, VIP parking, (1) Food & (1) Drink voucher.
Kids 5 & under are free.

NWFC members receive a $5 discount on each ticket purchased.

All films are subject to change without notice.

For up-to-date event information regarding weather please visit the event’s website. Please assume the show is on unless otherwise noted.

The Northwest Film Center will comply with any Federal or State health precautions that may be in place at the time of the event. This may include wearing a mask and/or social distancing.

For questions about tickets please contact the Ticket Tomato customer service team at 1-800-820-9884 or


Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

Directed by Michael Rapaport

Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind-the-scenes drama that follows this innovative and influential band to this day. R | 1h

Brokeback Mountain

Directed by Ang Lee

In 1963, rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and ranch hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) are hired by rancher

Dirty Dancing

Directed by Emile Ardolino

Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts,

Mars Attacks!

Directed by Tim Burton

A fleet of Martian spacecraft surrounds the world's major cities and all of humanity waits to see if the extraterrestrial


Directed by Gregory Nava

In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla (Jennifer Lopez) is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham

Shrek–Canceled due to weather

Directed by Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek (Mike Myers) whose precious solitude

The Dark Crystal

Directed by Jim Henson, Frank Oz

Jen (Stephen Garlick), raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has been told that he is the last survivor

The Green Knight

Directed by David Lowery

An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, THE GREEN KNIGHT tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev

Valley Girl

Directed by Martha Coolidge

Lovely teen Julie Richman (Deborah Foreman) is steeped in the excessive, pink-clad culture of the San Fernando Valley, complete with

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.