McMenamins Kennedy School

Hotel, Movie Theater, and Bar
Concordia, Portland
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  • Amanda S.
    "The movie theater (and the food there) and the soaking pool are fun!"(8 Tips)
    Max K.
    "Definitely get the Cajun tots!"(5 Tips)
    Anna R.
    "Love the Boiler Room Bar, the veggie pizza is good!"(3 Tips)
    Ryan L.
    "The Hammerhead is devine"(3 Tips)
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  • Jenn Y.
    Jenn YFebruary 5, 2013
    Awesome restored school converted into a hotel/restaurant/bar/soaking pool/movie theatre. It's a trippy experience. We go for the $5 movies in the auditorium - plush vintage couches instead of seats.
    Upvoted Dec 30, 2016
  • Quintein
    QuinteinAugust 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    It's an old elementary school with everything you could want for an afternoon of entertainment. I highly recommend watching a movie here on a weekday followed by happy hour at one of the bars.
    Upvoted Dec 30, 2016
  • Brad M.
    Brad MaceJanuary 26, 2013
    If the Courtyard Restaurant is full, or even if it is not full, hit the Cypress Room. And what the hell, come before 8pm and use the soaking pool first. News Flash!!!! They take dogs now!!!
  • Erin M.
    Erin M.January 25
    Hotel rooms are spendy, but a neat experience - sleeping in school! I loved the big windows and the chalkboards were fun.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuMay 24, 2015
    Cute place to catch a movie and have some beer or pizza in the theater and in one of the several bar/restaurant options
    Upvoted Dec 30, 2016
  • Scot O.
    Scot OlsenJanuary 19, 2015
    Soaking pools are where it's at. You can bring beer into there if you'd like, just don't forget to grab your license back from the front desk.
  • amy D.
    amy DubinOctober 27, 2011
    Love the late evening hot tub (more like the size of a small pool) after 8pm it's 21+, and there are lots of things to eat and drink on-site. You can even stay over if you get too smashed!
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.January 9
    Cajun tots are amazing. And such a bargain!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Nate W.
    Nate WoodheadFebruary 15, 2015
    Cool idea overall. Rooms we're small but well decorated with cool light fixtures and furniture. The facilities and ambiance are what sells it
  • Rod S.
    Rod SagerNovember 18, 2014
    Went here with out of town guests. Interesting place and you need to really explore it. There are half a dozen different bars in this place. Outstanding
  • Anna R.
    Anna RossFebruary 26, 2016
    Though, the menu is a bit pricey for the food the atmosphere is great. Love the Boiler Room Bar, the veggie pizza is good!
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda ScottAugust 20, 2014
    The movie theater (and the food there) and the soaking pool are fun!
  • John B.
    John BoatnerDecember 17, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Great beer, good food, and a fantastic atmosphere. So much to see and do... and stamps to be had.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 14, 2011
    Did you know? The Nickelodeon, the world’s first movie theater, opened in 1905. Kennedy Elementary School opened its doors ten years later in 1915, but wouldn’t become a movie theatre until 1997.
  • Dorena
    DorenaOctober 10, 2013
    Soaking pool is awesome! If the restaurant is full head to the cypress room. Kids admitted until 10 pm.
  • Neil S.
    Neil SanchalaSeptember 6, 2011
    This school's been converted to a hotel, complete with bars and restaurants. At any McMenamin's, order a Rubinator -- half Ruby, half Terminator Stout.
  • Dakota C.
    Dakota CiscoMarch 9, 2014
    Open book steak: extremely fatty cut. Bready saturated in butter and grease. Flavor far below great.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrehmJanuary 2, 2014
    Make sure you have enough time to stop by every little bar. This place is excellent.
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron ChavezJuly 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    love this place! Great atmosphere! Great place to train and have a conference!
  • Joe L.
    Joe LinMay 26, 2013
    Make sure you show up tardy for school otherwise you won't get to experience the cool bars...like us
  • Philip R.
    Philip RagawayNovember 3, 2013
    Never ask for a mimosa and then when the waiter says it may take a while because he has to make it, then ask if they have to pick the oranges... You end up with cold coffee you never ordered..
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KentJune 3, 2014
    Word to the wise: the soaking pool is usually closed for cleaning on the first Tuesday of each month.
  • A K.
    A KhamOctober 10, 2010
    Bring cash if you're running late for a movie & not planning on eating, they'll let you cut the line & pay for the tickets so you can get seated right away.
  • ELS Language Centers
    Just a few blocks from ELS, the Kennedy School features a restaurant, movie theater, soaking pool and hotel.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BilowDecember 29, 2013
    Cold, burnt fries and a stale bun on a $12 Bison Burger! Usually I love going here but this time the food was just plain bad. See my pic: would you EVER server those fries to a paying customer?!?!
  • Roman
    RomanNovember 2, 2012
    Read something of the steam punk genre while sitting in the Boiler Room bar... Awesomeness!
  • Kristina J.
    Kristina JacobsSeptember 21, 2011
    Favorite place in Portland. The layout of the different themed rooms is awesome!
  • Randy P.
    Randy PalazzoSeptember 5, 2016
    Great food. The boiler rooom has delicious Sundried arthichoke dip
  • Coley D.
    Coley DizeOctober 26, 2011
    Went with a colleague who used to live in Portland. Had a great meal and loved Detention really cool bar!
  • Jordyn
    JordynAugust 19, 2015
    Amazing place. Get a beer and walk around.
  • Max K.
    Max KDecember 30, 2016
    Definitely get the Cajun tots!
    Upvoted Jan 9
  • Randall P.
    Randall PalazzoMay 21, 2016
    Randall Palazzo is a member of Home Builders Association. He has been in the business of building and selling vintage-styled homes for more than twenty-five years.
  • Barbara K.
    Barbara KellyFebruary 3, 2016
    Great Lamb burger special. And veggie chili soup was amazing.
  • Flower G.
    Flower Gerbera ⓋJanuary 3, 2011
    If you're vegan, this place sucks. There is one vegan item, besides tater tots and fries, and only two items that can be made vegan, a basic iceberg salad and a hummus place.
  • Stef P.
    Stef PinnigerApril 22, 2013
    Never, ever try to soak on a Sunday unless you are prepared to wait for an hour and be surrounded by little ones with floaties (and floaters probably).
  • Toby B.
    Toby BarnesJanuary 18, 2015
    Skip the food line if you are coming for a movie and pay at the ticket check.
  • Kushal D.
    Kushal DaveJune 25, 2015
    Grab a small cigar for a couple bucks in the cigar room
  • myBeegle
    myBeegleJanuary 10, 2011
    Want a free drink during the BCS game? 2 even? Register for myBeegle.com, and find RJ at the Boiler Room bar. He'll buy you a couple, while his wallet lasts that is. . . Read more
  • MusicTherapy Services of P.
    $3 movies on a couch with cajunized tots and beer delivered to you...dreamy!
  • Ficus K.
    Ficus KirkpatrickJanuary 4, 2014
    Cool concept and space but ultimately pretty crappy as a hotel.
  • John R.
    John RyanJanuary 2, 2012
    Awesome pizza n cider must have for anyone
  • Phillip E.
    Phillip EmeryAugust 13, 2010
    If you want to hit this place up, do it at happy hour and take advantage of the food specials. 3-6 or 10-12.
  • Carson S.
    Carson SmithJanuary 27, 2015
    Wonderful atmosphere and great food and brews.
  • rich m.
    rich masioDecember 20, 2014
    Funky alternate hotel option but no tv in rooms.
  • Michelle G.
    Michelle GlennSeptember 5, 2014
    The pear sidecar is wonderful.
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiSeptember 27, 2014
    It's as if every room in a school turned into a speakeasy.
  • Frederick G.
    after you get a bite to eat, walk the hallways and check out the old pictures and interesting art
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MessanoJune 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This place rocks!! Great beer and happy hour. The boiler room has delicio
  • Cindy R.
    Cindy RyanFebruary 12, 2015
    Salmon with bacon a tasty treat
  • Pawel P.
    Pawel PietrykaAugust 10, 2015
    Go here if you want to see something different.
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