Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 here in Oregon have dipped just below the level set by the state, allowing restrictions to ease on restaurants, theaters and gyms once again. So, as Oregon is now at a "high risk" status, venues shuttered last week can reopen as of today, though with limited capacity on indoor seating. It's like being on a carousel. You are always moving forward, but are traveling in a circle, continually ending up back where you started.
We can get off this crazy ride, with a little effort on everyone's part. So keep wearing your mask, continue social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as you can, and maybe we can meet up at a conventions or a film festival later this summer.
As always, you can check the Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy Calendar for all the events coming to the Pacific Northwest. And I'll keep updating it as we (hopefully) get past this pandemic and more venues open up.
But for now, let's look at what's happening in local theaters, as some great genre films are still out there.
The Disney film Raya and the Last Dragon is back in theaters, including the Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR). McMenamins locations: Bagdad Theater and Pub (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd in Portland, OR), the Anderson School Theater (18607 Bothell Way NE in Bothell, WA), the Kennedy School Theater (5736 NE 33rd Ave in Portland, OR), the Old St. Francis Theater (700 NW Bond St in Bend, OR), the Olympic Club Theater (112 N Tower Ave in Centralia, WA), the Power Station Theater at Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey in Troutdale, OR), and the St Johns Theater (8203 N Ivanhoe St in Portland, OR).the link for ticket sales and Covid rules.
The Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St in Portland, OR) is also showing Tetsuo: The Iron Man through Sunday, May 9. Tickets must be purchased in advance, so visit the link for ticket sales, showtimes and Covid rules.
Godzilla vs Kong is still playing at the Granada 3 Theatre (1311 Adams Ave in La Grande, OR). Click on the link for showtimes, advance ticket sales and Covid rules.
Over at the 99W Drive-In (3110 Portland Rd in Newberg, OR), you can catch the dystopian sci fi film Chaos Walking, starring Tom Holland (the latest Spider-Man) and Daisey Ridley (Rey in the latest Star Wars trilogy). The film is playing with the Jason Stathan action film Wrath of Man. The films play Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8. Visit the Facebook page for details.
2020's Unearth is still screening on the Kiggins Theatre Virtual Screening Room. The cast includes scream queen Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Creepshow), P. J. Marshall (American Horror Story) and Rachel McKeon (Jessica Jones), and concerns two neighboring farm families finding their relationships strained when on leases their land to a natural gas company. If you're wondering if something is unleashed, well, the tag line does call it a "fracking horror story." Click on the link for more details.
Looking ahead a bit, the Kiggins Theatre (1011 Main St in Vancouver, WA) has announced it will show A Quiet Place Part II on the big screen starting Thursday, May 27. Visit this link for showtimes, advance ticket sales and Covid rules.