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Portland ranked No. 1 best city for movie lovers

October 9, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 09--It's no secret that Portland is a vibrant market for independent film. But trying to calculate just how strong a market that is, or how the movie scene here compares to other cities, has long been a matter of fierce debate.

Well, the folks at the Movoto real estate just took a crack at trying to answer that debate once and for all. They collected per-capita movie data for 100 cities, including number of movie theaters, indie theaters, video stores, drive-ins, film festivals, and more, then ranked each city from 1-100. Per Movoto:

The results were then totaled, averaged, ranked, weighed (more weight was given to number of specialty theaters, for example), then stuck in a super-secret envelope, delivered to Movoto headquarters by a guarded car, and read aloud from behind a podium to an office with bated breath.

Guess who came out on top? Oh that's right, you probably read the headline.

According to Movoto, the Rose City is the No. 1 city for movie lovers in the U.S., besting San Francisco, Seattle, New York and even Los Angeles, which somehow didn't crack the top 10 (and casting a suspicious light on the whole process).

Here's what Movoto had to say about PDX:

When it was all shot, edited, spliced up, and pieced back together, the clear winner for Best City for Movie Lovers was Portland, OR. It has five film fests per year, a film museum, multiple film societies, tons of movie theaters, indie theaters, a drive-in theater, and is even home to the unique Kennedy School movie theater.

It's unclear what makes Kennedy School's screen more notable than, say, Cinema 21, St. Johns Cinema, Hollywood Theater, Living Room Theaters or any of the other great indie theaters in Portland and beyond. (I do know that if Movoto decided to next rank the quality of movie theater draft beer, Portland would definitely come out on top again.)

-- Michael Russell

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