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Hollywood District | NE Portland

ALL ABOUT

Get ready to fall in love with this Northeast Portland neighborhood that truly has it all. The historic Hollywood district is full of small-town charm and old-world glamor, centered around the stunning Hollywood Theater, built in 1926. From rambling homes on tree-lined streets to the easiest-access grocery stores, restaurants, farmers' markets, vintage boutiques, and coffee spots, there's plenty to see and do in the lovely Hollywood District. From catching a movie at the historic theater, to bowling a round at the Hollywood Bowl, or working out at the new 24 hour fitness, this is definitely a one-stop-shop of a neighborhood.

Hollywood is known as one of the most accessible neighborhoods in town, because it lies on some of the Eastside's thoroughfares, The Banfield Freeway (I-84) Sandy Boulevard, Broadway Boulevard, and César E. Chávez Boulevard. The MAX light rail Red, Blue, and Green lines also runs through the neighborhood, passing through the centrally-located Hollywood Transit Center. Perfectly situated between Downtown Portland and the Portland International Airport, you're never more than 15 minutes away from anywhere you'd want to be!

LOCATION AND SCHOOLS

The Hollywood District is located in Northeast Portland between NE Sandy and NE César E. Chávez Boulevards, bordered by the Sullivan's Gulch, Irvington, Alameda, Beaumont-Wilshire, and Rose City Park neighborhoods. The Hollywood District contains three Portland Public Schools: Fernwood School (1915 NE 33rd), Hollyrood School (3560 NE Hollyrood Ct), and Grant High School (2245 NE 36th Ave).

HISTORY

The Hollywood District was originally called Hollyrood, after a town in Scotland, but was renamed Hollywood after the historic 1920s-era theater, the Hollywood Theatre, which forms the center of the neighborhood. The Hollywood District was originally part of the Rose City Park subdivision which was established in 1907.

Once the Hollywood Theater opened in 1926, the neighborhood really began to develop. The subdivisions started to fill in the gaps on the street scape. The streets began to take on some depth with the mixture of small and large homes of the era.  Large Craftsman styles were placed generally on the corner lots. The Craftsman are usually two story homes, with a symmetrical facade with large overhangs. 

Since the 1940s, the Hollywood District has been a mecca for Portlanders wanting to experience the taste of international cuisine. From Chinese to German, Italian and Mexican, there have been many ethnic favorites in the neighborhood.

The Hollywood District also figures in Beverly Cleary's Klickitat Street series of books, a fact memorialized in a display at the neighborhood library. Details on a Beverly Cleary walking tour are available at the library.

Fun fact: The Hollywood District was the location of the first Fred Meyer Shopping Center, located directly across from the Hollywood Theater, now home to a Rite Aid.

HOLLYWOOD DISTRICT REAL ESTATE & HOME STYLES

The Hollywood neighborhood is full of Old Portland style homes, elegant craftsman bungalows, classic tudors, and charming English cottages. Most houses have large porches to serve as private sanctuaries and public meeting spots, and beautiful tree-lined streets. Due to the large availability of transit in Hollywood, the area has many apartment buildings and townhouses for Downtown Portland commuters.

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS & BARS

Chameleon Restaurant & Bar - 2000 NE 40th Ave - This place is like a romantic hidden hideaway for couples. It's so elegantly beautiful, even the bathroom is decorated and lighted with chandeliers. The light, music, and flowers give the place an old Hollywood (California!) vibe. The menu is an interesting mix of New American and Thai, due in large part to the chef's background. Perfect for date night or a special anniversary.

Hollywood Burger Bar - 4211 NE Sandy Blvd - This is the best drive-in, roadside-style burger you can find in Portland. If you like the third-pound pub-style burger with the huge buns, this isn't your place. If, however, your best summer memories involved the family packing up the station wagon and pulling into a drive-in for an aromatic hamburger wrapped in paper, then this is heaven.

Hama Sushi - 4232 NE Sandy Blvd - Great Sushi! Great Service! Great Price! Great Place! The best no frills sushi for the price you can get in Portland, this place is great for a casual night out. Thursday's are buy one get one free sushi - now that's a deal!

Moon & Sixpence British Pub - 2014 NE 42nd Ave - Moon and Sixpence is Hollywood's answer to the dirty, dark hole-in-the-wall British pub. Serving up a quality microbrew tap list along with a hearty offering of standard brit food like bangers and mash, cottage pie, pasties and the like, it's a great place to grab a pint and some filling food. The live music is excellent and loud enough without killing conversation.

Shandong Restaurant - 3724 NE Broadway St - This place has amazing, authentic Chinese food that smells great enough to draw you in from a block away, a sleek, modern interior, friendly staff, and plenty of options for all palates. Try the calamari, shandong bean hand pulled noodles, and the spicy chicken wings! Yum!

FAVORITE SHOPPING

Things From Another World - 4133 NE Sandy Boulevard - This cool comic book shop has an impressive array of comics, graphic novels, zines, and figurines to satisfy any comic enthusiast.

Hollywood Antique Showcase - 1969 NE 42nd Avenue - Individual dealers combine to make this consignment shop a very comprehensive mall with some fantastic finds, especially if you're looking for retro 50's items or for high end actual antiques (e.g., 100+ years old). The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and happy to hold something for the day or help you load your car.

Bohemian Vintage - 1627 NE 42nd Ave - In a city known for it's vintage gems, this little store definitely holds its own. It's the kind of place where you have to dig through a bunch of great looking and quirky pieces to find a real treasure, but you're almost guaranteed to walk away with something you love. Find a great leather jacket, a studded belt, cute little hat, or gorgeous cocktail glasses - you never know what surprises you'll find!

 

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