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Bits & Pieces: New Mission


The Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., has undergone renovations, and opened last week as a second-run movie theater. It has long been known as a venue for live music, TV show viewings, speaker presentations, films and comedians, but it’s now dedicated to nightly second-run films for the first time. It opened with “Muppets Most Wanted” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The renovations included upgrading seats (same seats that went into the Bagdad Theater) and removal of wooden tables and chairs, as well as installation of a new sound system and screen and projector.

‘Book of Mormon lottery

As expected, there’ll be a lottery for tickets to “The Book of Mormon,” which returns to Portland at Keller Auditorium, July 8 to 20. There’ll be a pre-show lottery at the Keller box office, 222 S.W. Clay St., where a limited number of tickets will be available at $25. Entries will be accepted 2 1/2 hours before each performance.

For info: www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com/Portland.

Shubert grants

Oregon Children’s Theatre has received a grant from The Shubert Foundation for the eighth consecutive year — $40,000. OCT originally received a Shubert grant in 2007 for $5,000. Five other Oregon theater groups received Shubert grants: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, $200,000; Portland Center Stage, $60,000; Artists Repertory Theatre, $40,000; Miracle Theatre, $10,000; Profile Theatre, $10,000.