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July 1, 2021 – September 30, 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 starting with the Open-Air Rooftop Cinema at the Lloyd Center. The series will offer open-air rooftop screenings of great movies at Lloyd Center 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 rooftop sunsets!

Doors open at 8 pm with food and beverages available for purchase. Music begins at 8 pm and films begin at dusk. 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 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 (9 pm) or for entirely missed screenings. Please, no pets or outside food or drink.

Tickets to Lloyd Center 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. Please email for details.

Lloyd Center | The Cinema Unbound Summer Movies and Rooftop Screenings are located atop the Lloyd Center shopping mall in the Lloyd District of Portland, Oregon. Screenings will take place on the top level of the parking structure, which is open-air and uncovered. The entrance is at the West-end parking garage at Lloyd Center (10th Ave and NE Halsey). 

Enter the Lloyd Center parking garage next to Barnes and Noble bookstore on NE Halsey, and drive towards the roof-top. There will be ample parking in the garage and limited ADA & VIP parking. Attendees may also park on the street below and enter the rooftop via the stairs. Please look for and follow the wayfinding signs.

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





Top Down Rooftop Cinema 2018




Sat, Jul 31

Knives Out – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Rian Johnson

The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there's one thing that renowned Detective Benoit

Sun, Aug 1

Sherlock Holmes – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Guy Ritchie

When a string of brutal murders terrorizes London, it doesn't take long for legendary detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.)

Fri, Aug 6

Dirty Dancing – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Emile Ardolino

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

Sat, Aug 7

Brokeback Mountain – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Ang Lee

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

Sun, Aug 8

Medicine for Melancholy – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Barry Jenkins

Barry Jenkins found mainstream success in 2016 with his Oscar-winning coming-of-age tale Moonlight, but prior to that breakthrough, he made

Sat, Aug 14

The Green Knight – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by David Lowery

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

Sun, Aug 15

The Dark Crystal – Rooftop Cinema

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

Sat, Aug 21

Barbershop – Rooftop Cinema – CANCELED

Directed by Tim Story

This screening has been canceled due to a venue double-booking. A smart comedy about a day in the life of

Sun, Aug 22

Steel Magnolias – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Herbert Ross

M'Lynn (Sally Field) is the mother of bride-to-be Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts), and as friend Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton) fixes

Sat, Aug 28

Valley Girl – Rooftop Cinema

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

Sun, Aug 29

Tron – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Joseph Kosinski

When talented computer engineer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) finds out that Ed Dillinger (David Warner), an executive at his company,

Sat, Sep 4

Selena – Rooftop Cinema

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

Sun, Sep 5

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

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

Sat, Sep 11

Pariah – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Dee Rees

Teenage Alike (Adepero Oduye) lives in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood with her parents (Charles Parnell, Kim Wayans) and younger sister

Sun, Sep 12

Lady Bird – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Greta Gerwig

A teenager (Saoirse Ronan) navigates a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf) over the course of

Sat, Sep 18

Mars Attacks! – Rooftop Cinema

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

Sun, Sep 19

Shrek – Rooftop Cinema

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

Beetlejuice – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Tim Burton

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their

Clueless – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Amy Heckerling

Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale.

House Party – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Reginald Hudlin

Play's parents are out of town, and he's planning the house party to end all house parties. His best friend,

Nomadland – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Chloé Zhao

Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off

Say Anything… – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Cameron Crowe

Crowe’s directorial debut cemented his reputation as a heart-on-the-sleeve auteur capable of elevating universal rites of passage into dynamically charged

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Wes Anderson

Renowned oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) has sworn vengeance upon the rare shark that devoured a member of his crew.

Wonder Woman – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Patty Jenkins

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior.

Zola – Rooftop Cinema

Directed by Janicza Bravo

"Y'all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out? It's kind of long but full

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.