Esquire Theatre

2300 NW Kearny Street,
Portland, OR 97210

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Architects: Day Walter Hilborn

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Nob Hill Theatre

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Esquire Theatre

Opened as the Nob Hill Theatre in 1912 featuring silent films and local vaudeville acts. The theatre was renamed the Esquire in 1938 and remained a favorite of the north side neighborhood residents until 1987 when it closed.

The auditorium, stage house and the box office were demolished in 1987 and the front of the building was then turned into retail space.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

chapcan on April 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Kiss of the Spiderwoman

TLSLOEWS on April 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Nice looking little theatre.

rivest266 on August 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm

August 26th, 1938 grand opening ad uploaded here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 10, 2022 at 6:50 pm

The records of architect Day Walter Hilborn list a remodeling of the “Knob Hill” Theatre in Portland as a 1938 project. The project must have been the conversion of the Nob Hill into the Esquire, which took place that year.

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