Portland ranked best city for movie lovers

Portland ranked best city for movie lovers

Portland ranked best city for movie lovers


by Cornelius Swart, kgw.com Staff


Posted on October 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 9 at 2:29 PM

PORTLAND -- Movoto.com has ranked Portland the best city in the country for cinephiles.

The real estate blog, with articles like He-Man's Castle Grayskull for Sale and 29 Things You Need to Know About Lubbock, TX Before You Move There (as if anyone was considering it)  kicks out more top-ten lists than a David Letterman, BuzzFeed love child. The site states that the firm is just trying to "spark conversation about cities," using "criteria you would use to argue at a bar."

Once again, Portland has made it to the top of its recent rankings.

The site weighed 100 cities based on their number of video rental stores, indie movie theaters, film societies, drive-ins and yes, movie theaters.

The winners at the Movoto Box office were:

1. Portland, OR

2. San Francisco, CA

3. Atlanta, GA

4. Las Vegas, NV

5. Pittsburgh, PA

6. Minneapolis, MN

7. Rochester, NY

8. Orlando, FL

9. Seattle, WA

10. Cincinnati, OH

According to the site, Movoto harvests data from places like "the Census, Center for Disease Control, Yelp and Yellow Pages." So that means they have a bias towards cities with well populated Yelp nodes and apparently some place where people still use phone books (does Antarctica have a city?).

More from Movoto rankings: Portland ranked most hipster city

Because the rankings were done per capita, large cities like New York and Los Angeles with larger totals got outdone by small quirky places that punch above their weight like Cincinnati and Rochester NY.

In the final cut, Portland once again shows that nobody knows how to kill time like the Rose City:

"The clear winner for Best City for Movie Lovers was Portland, OR. It has five film fests per year, a film museum, multiple film societies, tons of movie theaters, indie theaters, a drive-in theater, and is even home to the unique Kennedy School movie theater."
-- Motovo.com

Apparently no one at Movoto has been to the Bagdad or Mission Theatres or the St. Johns Pub. In other words, Portland has plenty more where that came from, so hold tight for a sequel.