The Bagdad Theater shows occasionally awesome second-run movies. It's worth admission price just to see the Middle-Eastern themed interior but there's more. You can get some pizza and even a beer and every other row has been removed to allow for tables and plenty of leg room. So you never have to worry about some annoying sociopath kicking the back of your chair through your screening of Harold and Kumar. The connected pub offers all the other McMenamins amenities and promises entertaining people-watching on busy Hawthorne Boulevard.
Chances are you didn't even live here when Hawthorne Boulevard was mostly junk shops and dive bars. Gentrification has taken care of that but if you'd like a taste of what those days were like, step into Nick's, have a beer and get a chilidog or a garden burger and a $7 Long Island. Soon all thoughts of dreadlocks, bead shops and schmancy bistros will be like ghosts from the future.