Frequently asked questions:
Where and What is the Venetian?
The Venetian is a newly-renovated restaurant & venue located in the heart of Downtown Hillsboro, Oregon. Read about the history of the 140-year-old building here.
Will the Venetian still be a theater/venue and restaurant?
The new Venetian features an upscale dining experience different from what you can find anywhere in the Portland Metro Area. The movie theater is being remodeled as a venue space that will accommodate many different kinds of events, be that live or private. Our vision would be to hold corporate meetings on weekdays in the ballroom, which would bring people into downtown where they can discover the vibrancy of Hillsboro. Then in the evenings we imagine holding public events such as shows or concerts, productions, dinner theater, and the like. To be clear, we will hold private events such as weddings, benefit banquets and receptions, however the restaurant will always be open to the public. It will encompass both the lower and upper dining rooms.
What is the style of the new renovation?
We've brightened the space with more lighting, as well as cleaned up some of the outdated finishings with a modern take on NW Nature. "Modern meets rustic" is what we've been calling it. During the remodel we were sure to expose as many of the old elements of the building as we could, for example some of the original brick, as well as leaving the upstairs ceiling exposed. We've procured and finished reclaimed barn wood from the Helvetia area to use for the new façade, adding historical value to the building. There are many clean lines and wood elements, as well as plants, stone walls, and similar natural components. The theater space will be outfitted with a hardwood floor and other features creating a grandness that will make the space come alive. Ultimately we want all the elements in the space to drive interest and allow you discover new and interesting views while you venture through the building, as many others have in the past.
Are you open for indoor dining?
As of February 13th, 2021 we are open for indoor dining. Due to Oregon coronavirus restrictions, we originally opened for take-out in November of 2020, and are still actively completing renovations in the ballroom. We will keep everyone updated through the website on the progress of the ballroom, however with the current restrictions in place we cannot give exact times.