Group formed to pursue restoration of La Grande’s Liberty Theatre

posted by CSWalczak on February 25, 2010 at 5:50 am

LA GRANDE, OR — Closed since 1959 and partially converted to retail use, the 1910 Liberty Theatre may make a comeback if engineering and environmental reports come back positive and the funds can be raised. The theater was also known as the Orpheum and the Arcade.

The upper reaches of the main auditorium, the balcony and projection room, are mostly intact. An ornate but tarnished old chandelier hangs from the ceiling near the balcony. It’s an emblem of the past that draws the eye.

Piles of drapery lay about, and some of the old carpet remains. In the projection room, there’s some equipment left over.

Down below, under a couple of layers of added flooring, can be found the orchestra pit, the stage, stage stairways and doors left and right, dressing rooms.

There is more here in the La Grande Observer.

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scorpio1949
scorpio1949 on February 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I was under the impression that the people that own the Granada (and owned this building when it was The Liberty) didn’t want this returned to a theatre. Maybe they are ok if it doesn’t run films that compete with the Granada and is used as a multi purpose entertainment facility.

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