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The Savoy Theater is not showing movies currently but has hosted some special events recently. The theater marquee lists the theater for sale, lease or rent and has a lot going for it. It is in very good condition and located in the heart of Port Orford.
Demoliton has begun on the two mini-theaters that take up the balcony of theater with the goal of returning the Egyptian to a theater with a usable balcony which would add about 300 more seats. Work is being done by inmates from the Shutter Creek Correctional Facility.
This theater reopened on Friday night, February 2 with a sold out performance by Kenny Rogers. The next day the theater opened for an open house for the community which included tours, live music and food. I was on the first tour of the afternoon and we were shown the entire theater from the green rooms to the kitchen to the backstage area, bathrooms, and the catacombs under the theater. The theater currently does not have a projection booth and is intended for live performances but we were told they will be purchasing a digital projector.
The Savoy Theater has 13 interesting flavors of salt to put on your popcorn; more than any other theater I have been in. In fact how many other theaters have a “salt bar” for your fresh popped popcorn?
The Friends of the Egyptian Theater and the City of Coos Bay have re-lit the Egyptian Theater. It had gone dark after it was closed but it’s coming back to life! They have held several fundraisers in an effort to revive the now city owned theater. Downtown Coos Bay looks much better now.
The Savoy Theater is open seven days a week with matinees on Saturday and Sunday; this in a town of 1,200 people. It has been wonderfully restored by the owner and is the pride of Port Orford. The theater was previously known as The Star during the 1980’s and early 90’s. Before that it was called The Colonial.
The Egyptian Theater was the heart and soul of downtown Coos Bay. When it closed permanently as a movie theater on Sunday, November 27, after 80 years in business it hurt the area and the residents. Let’s hope the plans for the City of Coos Bay to buy it and in conjunction with the Little Theater on the Bay run it as a live venue work out.
The Egyptian Theater main floor is no longer the place where the biggest movies open in Oregon’s Bay Area. The company which owns it recently opened an 11 theater multiplex at the Pony Village Mall where they showcase the more popular movies. The Egyptian has been showing art and foreign movies among others lately. There has been talk by the Little Theater on the Bay group of the City of Coos Bay buying the Egyptian and then leasing it to the theater group. The Egyptian would then be a live concert venue rather than a movie theater.
This is one of the most beautiful theaters in America. Recently when driving through SLO we stopped in downtown so I could take some photos. The Fremont was showing Corpse Bride that Sunday and was open so I walked in and took some interior photos. I told the manager what I was up to and about CT and she was very friendly about it. Unfortunately the auditorium was dark so couldn’t see that part.
The Dome Theater building at Ocean Park was used for the Magic Carpet Ride at Pacific Ocean Park when it opened in 1959. There is a good photo of the back side of the Dome Theater as the Magic Carpet Ride in Jeffrey Stanton’s book Venice of America, ‘Coney Island of the Pacific’ on page 216. Pacific Ocean Park closed in after the summer season in 1967 and now there is now trace of the park or the Dome Theater left.
The Star Theater is now a feed store. It was closed when I got to town so didn’t get to see the inside. The wonderful marquee which boldly proclaims Star Theatre and faces directly towards Highway 140 sure got me to pull over quick and get some photos. This isn’t a former movie theater which kind of looks like a theater. It very much looks like what it was orginally built as and is the main building in town.
I visited Lakeview on May 12 and 13. The Alger Theater is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for movies but they are getting Star Wars III next week so will be open Thursday-Sunday. This theater is a classic looking 1930’s era theater which needs just a little tender loving care (paint, poster displays windows and lighting). Otherwise it’s a gem.
The Boulevard Theater was a magnficent landmark in that part of Los Angeles. It was easily visible from the busy Santa Monica Freeway. One Sunday on the way to Venice via the freeway I saw what was left of the Boulevard during the process of demolition and thus got into the auditorium visually for the one and only time. Why I didn’t get off the freeway and get up closer for a look and take some photos is related to always be in a hurry.
The Liberty theater was designed by Portland architect John Tourtellote. The 750 seat theater opened on April 20, 1924 with a Wurlitzer organ concert. The first movie was “The Fighting Crowd” plus a Little Rascal short subject called “Big Business”. A few years ago I attended a LTOB production of Grease. The seats must have been either the original ones or very old at that and weren’t very comfortable.
The New Liberty Theater as it was known in 1924 replaced the original Liberty Theater in North Bend which was originally called The Joy. The historical information is all from the Little Theater on the Bay website.
The theater closed a couple of years ago and has reopened as a shoe store called “On Your Feet Footwear.” The building was remodeled in the inside and a false wall was created to cordon off the back room storeage area for the shoes. Other than that the classy sign is still there as well as the box office. If the shoe store ever were to close it looks like the theater could easily come back to life again showing movies. The building is located in the old town section of Florence and is in a popular walking area.
We used to drove “all” the way over from Beverly Hills to go to the Meralta because for a while it was a fifty cent adminission theater. It was well worth the drive for a double feature and we went there often.
My brothe and sister and I went to the Picfair Theater many times in the late 50’s and early 60’s. We attended the Saturday matinees which cost 25 cents admission. The shows consisted of several cartoons, a Three Stooge short with Joe Besser, a newsreal and one or two B features. At intermission there was a drawing for several prizes so we held on to our stubbs. Many of us used to fold up our popcorn boxes and fling them at the screen like a frisbee. We don’t do that anymore.
I miss the Saturday afternoons at the Picfair. Today’s theaters simply don’t put on such an interesting programs. Now it’s commercials followed by the previews and then the feature. No newsreel, no 3 Stooges and no drawings. Too bad.
The theater building was torched during the April 29-30, 1992 riots and only the shell remained. That was later torn down.