McMenamins Kennedy School

Hotel, Movie Theater, and Bar
Concordia, Portland
  • Amanda S.
    "The movie theater (and the food there) and the soaking pool are fun!"(9 Tips)
    Max K.
    "Definitely get the Cajun tots!"(5 Tips)
    Anna R.
    "Love the Boiler Room Bar, the veggie pizza is good!"(4 Tips)
    Ryan L.
    "The Hammerhead is devine"(3 Tips)
86 Tips and reviews
  • soaking pool
  • cajun tots
  • boiler room bar
  • trivia
  • beer
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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.
  • Quintein
    QuinteinAugust 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ 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.
  • 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!!!
  • Nathan W.
    This old elementary school has been turned into a restaurant, bar(s), movie theatre, hostel and soaking pool. There's so much to explore here. The Detention and Boiler Room bars are recommended!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.January 9
    Cajun tots are amazing. And such a bargain!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Dakota C.
    Dakota CiscoMarch 9, 2014
    Open book steak: extremely fatty cut. Bready saturated in butter and grease. Flavor far below great.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Joe L.
    Joe LinMay 26, 2013
    Make sure you show up tardy for school otherwise you won't get to experience the cool us
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • Kristina J.
    Kristina JacobsSeptember 21, 2011
    Favorite place in Portland. The layout of the different themed rooms is awesome!
  • z z.
    z zJuly 9
    Just stopped for lunch and a beer or two. What a cool place.
  • Jordyn
    JordynAugust 19, 2015
    Amazing place. Get a beer and walk around.
  • 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!
  • Barbara K.
    Barbara KellyFebruary 3, 2016
    Great Lamb burger special. And veggie chili soup was amazing.
  • 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.
  • Max K.
    Max KDecember 30, 2016
    Definitely get the Cajun tots!
  • 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
  • Savina I.
    Savina I1 week ago
    Elementary School converted into a beautiful restaurant/bar/hotel area :-)
  • myBeegle
    myBeegleJanuary 10, 2011
    Want a free drink during the BCS game? 2 even? Register for, 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cindy R.
    Cindy RyanFebruary 12, 2015
    Salmon with bacon a tasty treat
  • Frederick G.
    after you get a bite to eat, walk the hallways and check out the old pictures and interesting art
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleySeptember 7, 2014
    It's like seeing a movie in an American wizard school
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MessanoJune 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This place rocks!! Great beer and happy hour. The boiler room has delicio
  • Pawel P.
    Pawel PietrykaAugust 10, 2015
    Go here if you want to see something different.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MessanoJune 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food. The boiler rooom has delicious Sundried arthichoke dip
  • Jesse E.
    Jesse EnzApril 22, 2012
    Free refills on draft root beer
  • Kayan H.
    Kayan HargreavesApril 4, 2011
    Get the cajun tots. thank me later.
  • Janet J.
    Janet JohnsonApril 27, 2010
    great place for a business meeting! we have 20 people here today, and it's first class.
  • Nancy G.
    Nancy GalantyOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for a room off of 33rd, a loud busy street.
  • Randy W.
    Randy WoloshinMay 6, 2010
    Order the steak sandwich and a Hammerhead. You won't be disappointed.
  • Sonya L.
    Sonya LarsonFebruary 26, 2012
    The breadsticks are a meal in themselves
  • Derek P.
    Derek PhillipsNovember 24, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    check out the soaking pool. free for Concordia neighborhood residents and guests, $5 for everyone else. like a giant hot tub. kids welcome until 8:00pm
  • Ian M.
    Ian McClaneAugust 31, 2015
    Boiler room was great!
  • L D.
    L DJune 9, 2010
    Happy hour 10 - 12pm $3 pints and great HH menu
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DeMelloJune 2, 2010
    Mommy matinee's are the way to go if you have a baby!
  • Solario
    SolarioJanuary 17, 2015
    This place is so weird in the best way.
  • Cheyla B.
    Cheyla BreedloveJuly 27, 2011
    Try the Nebraska on tap. As per husband
  • Annie K.
    Annie KawasakiAugust 8, 2010
    This is the best one to watch a movie at!
  • Gadling
    GadlingOctober 10, 2010
    Don't forget your swimsuit for the soaking pool!
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HaffeyMarch 7, 2011
    The ruby beer is delightful!
  • Sarah
    SarahSeptember 12, 2010
    Good wine, wine sampler is fun!
  • H. C.
    H. Colbert (@hrsch)June 10, 2016
    I'm not quite sure what to make of this place.
  • Voltaire V.
    Beer is good
  • Lauren A.
    Lauren AJune 15, 2010
    Avoid the wait, sit at the bar!
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MMarch 13, 2010
    Try the Irish Stout! Excellent!
  • Kayan H.
    Kayan HargreavesApril 3, 2011
    Cajun tots!!! nom nom nom
  • Steve S.
    Steve StromDecember 27, 2011
    Hammerhead! Do it!!
  • Adam D.
    Adam DSeptember 4, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Mix a Ruby and Terminator beer combination. They call it a "rubinator."
  • Alex W.
    Alex WilliamsJanuary 8, 2010
    Get to the theater early for a good couch.
  • Portland Geek Council of Commerce and Culture
    Flex your geek powers every other Tuesday for Geek Trivia hosted by Cort & Fatboy. Theatre opens at 6:30, trivia begins at 7pm. Sponsored by Things From Another World. No cover, great prizes!
  • David E.
    David EspinozaSeptember 18, 2014
    Going to watch sex tape
  • Kerri H.
    Kerri HartnettJuly 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    my home away from home...
  • Tracy B.
    Tracy BlodgettFebruary 12, 2011
    A prost: to an open bar.
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RothermelAugust 5, 2010
    Get the lucky charms beer
  • Amber C.
    Amber C.August 11, 2009
    Have a drink in the honors bar and the detention room.
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LewisDecember 19, 2009
    The Hammerhead is devine
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