It isn’t common knowledge that the beautiful Hollywood Theater is actually owned by a non-profit organization using its gorgeous 1926 venue to give back to its community. Not only does the theater screen 300 films a year, the folks behind the theater are constantly reaching out to new demographics. To that end, they tapped me—along with my fashion pal Marjorie Skinner, style columnist for the Portland Mercury—to curate a new series of fashionable films.

The Fashion in Film Series will feature movies that speak to the greater conscious of the fashion world. For the inaugural event, we chose the Citizen Kane of the 1980’s, Troop Beverly Hills.

Once said to be the ultimate example of style in cinema (by me) TBH features a ginger-haired Shelly Long starring as Phyllis Nefler, a society wife that takes over as leader for her daughter’s (played by an adorable young Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley and indie rock fame) Wilderness Girls troop featuring a bunch of stylish spoiled Hollywood rich kids. Long teaches them about fashion, friendship, and hard work while learning the same lessons along the way. Expect huge shoulder pads, even bigger bangs, the requisite 80’s fashion show montage(!), and stylish cameos by Cheech Marin, Robin Leach, and a teen Tori Spelling. Basically, it’s everything you’ve ever wanted in a film.

Our series launch will take place Saturday, March 22 beginning at 7pm—don’t be late! Afterwards, the official unofficial afterparty will take place at Blackwell’s, featuring drinks and a character costume discussion. Anyone in 80’s regalia gets a hug, and anyone in full Wilderness Girls apparel gets boundless respect and possible a drink on my tab.


The Hollywood Theater’s Fashion in Film Series
Troop Beverly Hills
Saturday, March 22, 7pm
4122 NE Sandy
Buy advance tickets here (A measly $8, or $6 for students)

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