Valentine’s Day Movies – Vanguard


Traditional Valentine’s Day plans can be expensive and time-consuming to make, but there’s a classic option to suit everyone’s budget and schedule: a movie. Portland has a rich movie scene, offering options for all tastes. Here are the four best movies to see in Portland this Valentine’s Day.

Portland Community College Waterfall, 7 p.m.

If you and your Valentine aren’t into romantic movies, this movie is for you! Talking about trees follows four members of the Sundanese Film Club, who make it their mission to open a theater in the city of Omdurman. However, the country has been dominated by Islamist militants making the existence of cinema rare. The group uses any means necessary to bring the history of cinema to the Sudanese people, but quickly comes up against censorship. The film is free and takes place as part of the 30th annual Cascade African Film Festival. For more information, visit the festival website

Several schedules and theaters

From writer and director Stella Meghie comes a special Valentine’s Day release. The photograph follows Mae Morton, the daughter of Christina Eames, a photographer who died unexpectedly. After she passes away, Mae begins looking for details about her mother’s early life but comes across journalist Michael Block. The two have an instant spark and are lifted off their feet in a whirlwind romance. You can watch the official trailer on YouTube and find ticket information by visiting the movie page on the Regal Cinemas website.

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

The Oregon Symphony will accompany one of Hollywood’s most romantic films, Casabanca. Written by Max Steiner, a father of modern film music, this classic follows Rick Blaine as he must choose between his love for Isla, one of his former lovers, and helping her and her current husband, as they attempt to escape to America during the World War. II. This special performance will last only one night and will be directed by Norman Huynh. Ticket information is available at event page on the Oregon Symphony website,

Cinema 5th Avenue, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Are you and your date awful, or just want to stay close to campus? Portland’s student-run 5th Avenue Cinema theater will feature two Valentine’s Day evening screenings of Ganja & Hess, a 1973 experimental horror classic. The film, written and directed by Bill Gunn, follows Dr. Hess Green, who becomes a vampire after his assistant stabs him with a cursed ancient dagger. Under the curse, Green falls in love with his assistant, who learns one of his dark secrets. For more information visit the the movie page on the site of the 5th avenue


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