Kickstarter helps Hollywood Theatre raise marquee funds

Kickstarter helps Hollywood Theatre raise marquee funds
The Hollywood Theater marquee in Northeast Portland. (Photo courtesy of the Portland Business Journal)

Portland’s historic Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., has raised nearly four-fifths of the $55,000 it needs to replace its crumbling marquee via Kickstarter.

The money will pay to fabricate and install a new neon, illuminated sign that echoes the original marquee installed when the theater opened in 1926.

"Portlandia" stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein lent their celebrity to the campaign. The Meyer Memorial Trust, the Kinsman Foundation and the Hollywood Boosters have pledged a combined $40,000 toward the marquee restoration.

The current marquee was installed three decades ago. The structure is failing and is not in keeping with the theater’s original design. Additionally, a newer building constructed nearby dwarfs the theater and obstructs the view.

The marquee project is part of a larger revitalization for the theater, now 86 years old. It has new seats, screens and sound systems following its 1997 acquisition by the nonprofit Film Action Oregon.

The Portland Business Journal is a new partner.