This is a beautiful, homey, single-screen theater that plays all the major movies - first run - but without the noise, ads, neon and inflated prices of the major cineplexes. But, beyond that, there is something truly "real" about Columbia City theater. It is a community theater and it is common to find neighbors and friends sitting on the big comfy couches in the lobby and forgetting that they came to see a film. A truly family-friendly place, we can take our daughter there without having to run into mass-media cheezy advertising that can make a trip to the movies feel like such an emotional hassle. We love this theater and go to see EVERYTHING they show, whether we want to see it or not, just to support it.
As a bonus, there are a handful of great little shops and restaurants popping up in Columbia City. Before or after a film, you can dine at any number of restaurants, shop in a handful of unique boutiques..... At this rate, Columbia City will be the next Ballard..... If you live int he South End, you already know about this gem of a theater. If not, it's worth the trip.