May 13

MIDNIGHT MOVIE: Evil Brain From Outer Space (1964)

Dir. Ichirô Miyagawa (1964); 78m

Starring: Ken Utsui, Junko Ikeuchi, Minoru Takada

Mystery Science Theater wanna-be’s come one and all, 5th Ave encourages your witty remarks and heckles for one night only! This Silver Age Sci-Fi monstrosity dubbed with the accuracy of a Stormtrooper’s blaster, is a gut busting unforgettable experience. Bringing back the tradition of Midnight shows to 5th Ave, Evil Brain From Outer Space is our pilot to, hopefully, a series of off the wall midnight screenings for future terms. In Japanese with English subtitles. Special Guest “Dr. Mag” of ACME-TV and Magnum Productions will speak on the process of remastering and distributing films like this one, and how public domain films function as a part of the film industry.

Truth Night
7:30 pm19:30

Truth Night

What is truth? Lately it seems this has become a more contentious question than ever in our lifetime. Come join the Science Outreach Society and Neuroscience Club, along with special guest Prof. Troy Campbell from University of Oregon, as we talk about what science can teach us about investigating the truth.

The night will start with two short SOS and NSC student presentations and then Prof. Campbell will present his research about what causes people to reject science. Throughout the night we will also have trivia questions, videos, pizza, and prizes!

Do Not Resist
Feb 26

Do Not Resist

We will be hosting Rad Edu's screenings of Craig Atkinson's documentary DO NOT RESIST throughout the month of February, starting this Saturday (2/11) at 7:30. The screenings will be free and open to the public. Click through for Atkinson's director's statement on his film, a years-long study the ever increasing militarization of our police and their presence in our daily lives and resistances. Subsequent screenings are 2/17 at 7pm, 2/25  at 7:30pm, and a matinee on 2/26 at 4pm Stay tuned, Craig may be making an appearance in March.

10:00 pm22:00


Dir. George A. Romero (1968); 96m

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4th at 10:00pm

George A. Romero’s zombie classic was praised for being racially progressive in its time, due to the casting of African American actor Duane Jones in the leading role of Ben. While Romero shrugs off the notion of his film serving as social commentary, its readings and context cannot be ignored, a black actor starring in a film not about race. Jones’ blackness is never mentioned but it is of course always there. Romero’s first film, a grim tale of survival, is credited with bringing the zombie genre into the mainstream, as hundreds of American and Italian films would pour from the inspiration of this masterpiece for years to come

 PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey
7:00 pm19:00

PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey

FREE & Open to the public 

PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey is the harrowing adventure of 700 people, trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming. Battling the most treacherous terrain on earth, they spread their message of ecological compassion through human’s most basic means –by walking on foot, village to village, and showing by example. Barely surviving injuries, illness, and starvation, the trekkers emerge with nearly half a ton of plastic litter strapped to their backs, triggering an historic green revolution across the rooftop of the world. *Shot with solar power by Himalayan monk Ngawang Sodpa, the film features United Nations MDG Honoree the Gyalwang Drukpa, and Aamir Khan. 

The film is executive produced by Michelle Yeoh, narrated by Daryl Hannah, and it is the debut feature documentary from director Wendy J.N. Lee. 

72 minutes
in English & Tibetan (w/English Subtitles)

Learn more about the film & view the trailer >

Film screening at PSU is sponsored by:
PSU Institute for Asian Studies

With co-sponsorship support from
PSU Nepalese Student Association

Nov 15

43rd Northwest Filmmakers' Festival

The Northwest Filmmakers' Festival comes to the 5th Avenue Cinema this year to showcase some of the best films from the region! The Fifth Avenue will be showcasing the following films:

Finding October
Directed by Nick Terry
Washington, 2016, 72 min.

If There’s a Hell Below
Directed by Nathan Williams
Oregon/Washington, 2015, 94 min.

The Devout
Directed by Connor Gaston
British Columbia, 2015, 100 min.

Customer 152
Directed by Jonathan Holbrook
Washington, 2016, 133 min.

The Pearl
Directed by Jessica Dimmock and Christoper LaMarca
Oregon, 2016, 93 min.

The Village of Middlevale
Directed by Amber Celletti and Nathan Blanchard
Washington, 2015, 100 min.

Shorts I: Known and Unknown (Or Unknowable)
Directed by Various
United States, 2016, 80 min.

Secret I
Directed by Matt McCormick

Antipodes Rising
Directed by Georg Koszulinski

Modern Dark
Directed by Josh Lunden

Outer Darkness
Directed by Hannah Piper Burns

Blue Discord
Directed by Arianna Gazca

Secret II
Directed by Matt McCormick
Well now!

Directed by Isaiah Corey

Plena Stellarum
Directed by Matthew Wade

Shared Grief
Directed by Adam Sekuler

Directed by Sandra Ignagni, Trevor Meier

Shorts II: Visions of Reality
Directed by Various
United States, 2016, 82 min

Canadian Pacific
Directed by David Rimmer

Copper Perforation Loop Triptych
Directed by Ruth Hayes

Canned Fit
Directed by Woodruff Laputka

Here Nor There
Directed by Julia Hutchings

The Lift
Directed by Manny Mahal

Voice of the Hi-Line
Directed by Doug Hawes-Davis

Primal Flux
Directed by Joan Gratz

Me is Being Great
Directed by Marshall Granger

Night Walk
Directed by Neely Goniodsky

7:00 pm19:00


PORTLAND STATE OF MIND EVENT: ARRESTING POWER: RESISTING POLICE VIOLENCE IN PORTLAND, OREGON (digital screening + panel discussion + admission free + donations to our collaborators at Don't Shoot Portland appreciated)

Sat: 7:00PM
Dir. Jodi Darby, Julie Perini & Erin Yanke (2012); 84min

October 22nd is the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality. A benefit for local organizations resisting police brutality hosted by Don’t Shoot Portland & PSUSU, Arresting Power sheds light on a 50 year history of violence in the city you currently call your home.
    The panel will include leaders of local organizations that are demanding structural changes in Portland and metro areas. These groups are protecting their communities, creating alternatives to policing, highlighting the contradictions between policing rhetoric and practices and being on the front lines of the Black Lives Matter struggle.

Thanks to the PSU's Speakers Board for their generous support of this event.

6:30 pm18:30




We as people live next to each other and on top of each other and yet so often we are defined by our differences and desires to remain divided. "We All We Got" explores this division, highlighting the importance of community and the infinite strength we can only build together.

Films Showing: Pink Boy - Barriers of Separation - A New Home - Good White People - We All We Got - Zero M2

+ Featuring a special screening of Olive & Dingo, produced as part of the Media for Social Change summer documentary program.

Screening followed by Q&A discussion with festival director, Michael Harrington.

Tickets: Per suggested donation at the door: $5 - $10

Serving: Popcorn!

Oct 16


SPECIAL EVENT: RABBIT’S MOON (16mm) in Celebration of a Full Moon

Fri & Sat: 9:00PM, Sun: 9:15PM
Dir. Kenneth Anger (1950-72); 16m
Starring: Claude Revenant, André Soubeyran, Nadine Valence

A special 16mm presentation of Kenneth Anger’s sensational Rabbit’s Moon. Assembled 20 years post-production, Anger had described the film to be “a lunar dream utilizing the classic pantomime figure of Pierrot in an encounter with a prankish, enchanted Magic Lantern.” Tinted blue and doowop scored, hail Satan.

7:00 pm19:00


Friday the 27th Time Arts Club will be screening student film submissions for our annual VISUALS shorts festival. Admission is free, we will have free pizza, and the audience will vote on their favorite selection. Prizes for the first three winners and artist discussion with audience after the screening.

Artists include: 

Emily Lewis
Nicole Baker
Megean McBride
Chit Chat
K.C.R. Anderson
Lauren Blankenship
Kaitlin Daley
Kennedy Cruz
Evan Webster
Phil Gregory
Geoff Philips
Sam Sanderson

7:00 pm19:00



The Judaic Studies Student Club Presents: SON OF SAUL

Directed by László Nemes
2015 // 1h 57m

"Two days in the life of Saul Auslander, Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando at one of the Auschwitz Crematoriums who, to bury the corpse of a boy he takes for his son, tries to carry out his impossible deed: salvage the body and find a rabbi to bury it. While the Sonderkommando is to be liquidated at any moment, Saul turns away of the living and their plans of rebellion to save the remains of a son he never took care of when he was still alive." — LaoKoon, IMDB

Admission is free!

7:30 pm19:30

FREE DIGITAL DOCUMENTARY — The Weather Underground

  • 5th Avenue Cinema


Directed by Sam Green and Bill Siegel
2002 // 1h 35m

Through the 1960s and 70s, radical college activist group The Weathermen fought against institutional racism, the Vietnam War, and all acts of violence done in the name of America. The participants—arguably those who could afford not to enact peace—believed they were meeting the government on their level: by enacting terrorism at home. Fascinating archival footage and first hand accounts are used to recount the long reaching results of this iconic group, who fought hate with hate.

Admission is free, popcorn is free, concessions are cheap!


Apr 24

Italian Film Festival USA of Portland

Welcoming the 2016 Italian Film Festival USA of Portland! Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute; in collaboration with the Portland State University’s Department of World Languages and Literatures and the Associazione Culturale Italiana Portland

Apr 22

AN EVENING WITH FREDERICK WISEMAN Titicut Follies Screening Followed by Q&A

Dir. Frederick Wiseman (1967) 1h 24m

5th Avenue Cinema and nw Film Center are thrilled to present an evening with iconic documentarian Frederick Wiseman, director of such essential works as At Berkley, Box-ing Gym and Public Housing. We will be screening his 1967 debut Titicut Follies (on a recently restored 35mm print from the Library of Congress) a harrowing documentary responsible for exposing abuse and neglect in America's mental health institutions.

This event will be held on 4/21 and begin at 6:00pm at Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Avenue, inside the Portland Art Museum with an introduction from Mr. Wiseman, followed by the screening and a Q&A.

$15 general admission, free for Portland State students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Oct 18

Asian Film Screenings

We are pleased to invite you to attend Asian Film screenings at the 5th Avenue Cinema this weekend!

Date: October 16.
Venue: PSU Cinema 5th Avanue, Portland.
Hours: 6:00 PM, 8:30 PM
Admission: 6USD

Date: October 17.
Venue: PSU Cinema 5th Avanue, Portland.
Hours: 4:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM
Film: THUY
Admission: 6USD

Date: October 18.
Venue: PSU Cinema 5th Avanue, Portland.
Hours: 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Admission: 6USD

6:30 pm18:30

Bringin' in Da Spirit

Bringin' in Da Spirit is an evocative and passionate documentary that celebrates the Black midwives who committed themselves to holistic answers in the face of powerful misconceptions about the practice of midwifery and virulent opposition from Western medicine. Join us for a special screening of Bringin' in Da Spirit to raise awareness for The International Center for Traditional Childbearing and help us raise funds for the 9th International Black Midwives & Healers Conference scholarship fund. We are raising DOLLARS FOR DOULAS (minimum donation is $1 please ask your friends to donate $'s for Doulas and bring to the screening together we can easily reach our goal of $70,000)
Every $400 raised will send one low-income person the conference. Help us make the conference accessible to all, regardless of income! To see the trailer go to this website:

5:00 pm17:00

PSU Institute for Asian Studies' Dialogs Across Asia

Join us, Wed, March 11th, 6:00 PM, for the PSU Institute for Asian Studies' inaugural discussion event in our new Dialogs Across Asia Series.

Expression, Repression, Terror, and Backlash: 
A Glimpse of Six Asian Films and a Conversation with PSU Asian Film Scholars
The First in the PSU Institute for Asian Studies new series: Dialogs Across Asia

Wednesday, March 11 @ 6:00 PM
PSU campus, Cramer Hall, CH room 53
1721 SW Broadway, Portland
Use the Cramer Hall north entrance (on SW Mill by the Streetcar tracks) for ease in finding CH room 53. 

View event details at

4 PSU faculty and Asian Film experts will host a lively interactive discussion with the audience around themes of expression, repression, terror and backlash as depicted in select films from India, China, Hong Kong and Japan. Film clips from the six films listed below will be shown. 

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by
Portland State University - Institute for Asian Studies
PO Box 751, Portland, Oregon 97207

TEL: 503-725-8576

3:00 pm15:00


The student chapter of OSPIRG at Portland State University would like to invite to to a special FREE screening of the film "Pay2Play: Democracy's High Stakes" on Sunday January 25th @ 5th Ave. Cinemas (510 SW Hall St.). The show starts at3pm and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring OSPIRG's own Executive Director Dave Rosenfeld, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Amy Lubitow Ph.D and more t.b.a. During the event we will discuss the problems associated with the flood of money in our political system, what is being done to combat this issue and how you can get involved! Come early as seating is limited.

“PAY 2 PLAY” follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, the cycle where Politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury -- through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. “PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes” is the layman’s guidebook to taking back our democracy.

The film features Robert Reich, Noam Chomsky, Lawrence Lessig, Jerry Springer, John Nichols, Van Jones, Marianne Williamson, Jack Abramoff, Thom Hartmann, Bob Edgar and more...

Learn more about the film @