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The Portland Art Museum leases the former Oregon Theater at Southeast 35th and Division for the PAM CUT film center.

PMG PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - The former adult movie spot, the Oregon Theater at 35th and Division, will be the new home for the Portland Art Museum's Center for an Untold Tomorrow when it is remodeled.

PAM CUT — the renamed Northwest Film Center — is moving into the former Oregon Theater at 3530 SE Division St, the Daily Journal of Commerce reports.

The space, which was home to an adult movie theater for decades, will be home to PAM CUT's programming, a mixture of avant garde art films and high-tech visual storytelling.

The Center for an Untold Tomorrow will lease the property, which is being remodeled by Kevin Cavenaugh's Guerilla Development. The DJC reports that Guerrilla Development, purchased the 1926 property from Gayne Maizels in April 2020 for $1.8 million. Cavenaugh called the project Double Scrub.

Laura Bartroff, PAM'S director of communications, said in a statement:

"The eastside Portland location will expand the Museum's reach into the community and welcome new audiences as a model where art, multimedia storytelling, and cinema come together. The opening date, programming, and name details are forthcoming.

PMG PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Coming soon: The Oregon Theater is making way for the aesthetes of PAM CUT, after remodeling by Kevin Cavenugh's Guerilla Development. Seen here Thursday May 12.

The Museum and PAM CUT have been seeking to diversify their programming spaces for many years. Expanding on offerings at the Whitsell Auditorium at the Museum's downtown campus, this new space will be future-forward, inclusive, and unexpected.

"We're so excited to have a new home to celebrate art and storytelling that is not content to be contained," said Amy Dotson, Director of PAM CUT and the Museum's Curator of Film & New Media. "We'll share more details soon, and we can't wait to invite our communities into this exciting new space championing the future of cinema and media arts in all its many, evolving forms."


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