McMenamin's Old St. Francis Movie Theater in Bend, Oregon

Get a Taste of the Old School in Bend, Oregon

Visiting or living in Bend, Oregon means that you're probably outdoors a lot. This city of 80,000 boasts some of the best outdoor recreation in the entire Pacific Northwest.

But on days when you want to kick back and enjoy a movie, your best local bet is McMenamin's Old St. Francis Movie Theater. Right in downtown Bend is a former Catholic School that has been converted into a charming hotel, restaurant, pub, brewery and bakery, private meeting and event space, a soaking pool..... and a movie theater!

But its unlike any movie theater you've probably visited! Plush couches and chairs are set up for patrons to have full restaurant service right in the theater! Order a pizza, sandwich, fries and wash it all down with a delicious pint of McMenamin's Ale while watching the film. A full bar is also available, with wine and mixed drinks.

Enjoy regular movie fare? You can still have popcorn, candy and soda, too!

An old school becomes a charming hotel, restaurant and movie theater in Bend, Oregon
An old school becomes a charming hotel, restaurant and movie theater in Bend, Oregon

Second Run Movies at a First Rate Theater

Movies at the Old St. Francis Theater are second-run. You can see films that just left the Cineplex for a fraction of the cost. Its only $3 for admission for adults, and $1 for children 12 and under!

On weekends, there are usually movies appropriate for families (G or PG) showing at 1:00 and/or 3:00. PG-13 rated films are shown at the 6:00 hour. Movies that are appropriate for adults (rated R) are delayed until 8:00 or later.

During sports season, you can enjoy the large screen at the Old St. Francis Theater for all the big games - Super Bowl, Rose Bowl, NBA Championships, Major League Baseball playoffs and more.

Plan to get to the theater about 1/2 hour before your film is set to begin. There is often a long line down the hallway to the indoor kiosk at which you can purchase tickets. Cash is appreciated!

Heading into the Old St. Francis Movie Theater
Heading into the Old St. Francis Movie Theater
Ordering food and beverages at Old St. Francis Movie Theater
Ordering food and beverages at Old St. Francis Movie Theater

Stay, Eat and Enjoy Entertainment all at One Place

The colorful paint and inviting gardens outside McMenamin's Old St. Francis School practically usher you in from the street. Garlic and onion aromas waft past your nose hinting at the pizzas, pastas and delicious soups and sandwiches indoors.

While we primarily head to McMenamin's for its movies, many people come to stay the night when visiting Bend, Oregon. The website proudly boasts that the Old St. Francis School was named a Conde Nast's Readers' Choice Award Winner for 2009 Best Small Hotels! The property is a popular spot for local conferences and wedding receptions, as well.

Its hard to believe that the small city-block sized "campus" was once a Catholic schoolhouse in 1936. The classrooms of yester-year have been transformed into 19 inviting guestrooms and four individual rental cottages with room for 2 to 10 people. Art work and photographs adorn the hallways of the property showing the school's history and the growth of Bend, Oregon over the past century.

Lots of options for beer at the Old St. Francis Theater in Bend
Lots of options for beer at the Old St. Francis Theater in Bend

Contact Information for McMenamin's Old St. Francis School

Address: 700 N.W. Bond Street, Bend, OR 97701

Phone: (541) 382-5174 (local); (877) 661-4228

Email: info.osf@mcmenamins.com

Fun Times at the Old St. Francis Theater

The relaxed atmosphere at the Old St. Francis Theater is perhaps one of my favorite aspects of the site. Each time I have friends or family come into town, we enjoy a movie at McMenamin's!

The kids like to sit in the plush chairs and order pizza while watching the show. My friends and I enjoy a glass of wine while watching a kids' movie we might otherwise wait for the rental. For our family of 4 kids, I can take the whole gang plus myself for $7 admission - that's less than the cost of a single matinee ticket at most theaters!

Maybe that's why I enjoy going to the movies at the Old St. Francis Theater so much?

Next time you visit Central Oregon, be sure to head to downtown Bend.  Even if you don't want to catch a movie, you should still walk the halls of the former St. Francis school, and leave time for a beer!

How to Find McMenamin's Old St. Francis Movie Theater

A marker700 N.W. Bond Street Bend, OR 97701 -
700 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97701, USA
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© 2010 Stephanie Hicks

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Oh that turned out awesome! Great piece on a popular place for kids of all ages. We've been in 2 of the little pubs/bars and found them so charming. There is really much more to them than meets the eye and glad they got your attention. Thumbs up!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you - I linked to your hub on the best things to do with kids in Bend/Central Oregon! ;-) So glad we can both cover this amazing area of the PNW! Best, Steph


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Simone Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

What a neat place this is! I used to have something similar where I lived- an old morgue had been turned into a movie theater and it was a great place to get snacks, sit down on a couch in an odd, vaulted room, and watch movies with the locals. Hurrah for spots like this!


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Sounds like a place worth spending a delightful evening,stephhick;)


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Simone - that sounds like quite the movie theater! A morgue! wow... fun though, huh?


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Mentalist acer - it is a very fun place to spend the evening. A unique, fun movie theater!


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steffsings 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Great story, great writing, and I love McMenamins too... Thanks for sharing Oregon with the rest of the world.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks steffsings - I love Oregon and especially the McMenamin's properties! Cheers, Steph


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you so much for a very informative,and interesting hub.Thank you for sahring it. Godspeed. creativeone59


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Glad you enjoyed it, creativeone - its always fun to hub about local treasures in your hometown. Cheers, Steph


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Psalmist4M 6 years ago from the Shelter of His Wings

Impressive details, very specific and enjoyable. Actually makes you want to travel from Georgia just to visit. Thanks so much for sharing.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

It really is fun - a great building, location, delicious food and awesome for the whole family. We always find great movies to see and go to Old St. Francis several times a month. Cheers, Steph


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sunvalleysurfer 6 years ago from Sun Valley & Boise Idaho

I just came onto the site this morning and read your article. I had to because this is one of my all time favorite places in Bend! The best beer on tap (Ruby Ale), along with all the beautiful gardens and fire pits makes the St. Francis School one attractive place. I have soaked in the Roman tub, which is one remarkable piece of art in itself. It makes a person feel as though they have stepped back in time. Great article!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks sunvalleysurfer! It is just a treasure, isn't it? I like the Ruby Ale, too! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your memories of Old St. Francis too. :)


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

I have got to come to Bend now! You have given many reasons over the last few weeks to visit...Thanks.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

We've got open arms here for your visit Lilly! Best to you, Steph

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