The Portland Art Museum film and new media hub, also known as PAM CUT // Center for an Untold Tomorrow, has announced new details for the Tomorrow Theater that will open in downtown Portland, Oregon, this fall.
The Tomorrow Theater will offer robust, participatory programming, serving as a model, both locally and globally, for the future of multimedia arts and film. The space will function as a creative hub for artists and audiences through multimedia content.
For PAM CUT, each night will bring something different, through a variety show approach that incorporates at least two distinct art forms simultaneously. By embracing cinematic storytelling in all its forms – from films and series to animation and games, XR, performance and audio stories – the events and happenings will be as varied as the performers and audiences on any given night. Full scheduling and partnerships will be announced this fall.
“Cinematic storytelling, like performers and audiences, comes in all varieties and flavors. With Tomorrow, we’re building a home for cultural snacking, a space where when people walk through this door, they’ll never know exactly what tomorrow will bring,” PAM CUT director Amy Dotson said in an official statement. home to a multimedia feast of creators, content and audiences who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible, we are firmly committed to mixing it.By creating a space where artists collaborate across disciplines, audiences mix and are exposed to a variety of art histories and media; they will never have the same experience twice.
Originally envisioned as architect Isaac Geller’s 1925 vaudeville theater, the space has lived as everything from an arthouse theater to, more recently, the porn palace of Portland, Oregon Theater. Andee Hess and Makrai Crecelius, of the women-owned, Portland-based interior design firm Osmose, designed the theater. Their work has been described by The New York Times and Architectural Digest as the creative forces behind spaces as diverse as Salt & Straw ice cream parlors and Fred Armisen’s gothic-inspired home.
The theater spans nearly 9,000 square feet with 300 modular seats. The theater is also designed to host not only regular screenings, but also community and artist events.