Lithia Theater

243 E. Main Street,
Ashland, OR 97520

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm

The Lithia Theatre was operated by Robert Lippert from 1946 until 1951, when it closed as a movie house. It was then refurbished by Angus Bowmer and reopened as a home for his theater group, the Vining Repertory Company. In November, 1952, the Lithia Theatre was destroyed by a fire, prematurely ending the company’s second season.

Here is a 1914 photo of the Vining Theatre’s auditorium.

Here is a 1951 photo with the posters of the Vining Repertory Company’s four productions for that season.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm

“CASH NIGHT” on the marquee,Giving out money to see a movie.

DonLewis
DonLewis on September 16, 2010 at 11:46 pm

A photo postcard view of the Vining Theatre in Ashland before it became the Lithia.

strawberry
strawberry on July 24, 2007 at 12:38 am

And a JPEGy looking photo from 1935 here.
(http://photos.salemhistory.net/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=%2Fspecialcol&CISOPTR=1824&DMSCALE=100&DMWIDTH=500&DMHEIGHT=500&DMMODE=viewer&DMFULL=1&DMX=0&DMY=0&DMTEXT=theatre&DMTHUMB=0&REC=1&DMROTATE=0&x=157&y=263)

strawberry
strawberry on July 24, 2007 at 12:09 am

You can see a black and white photo of the Lithia back in 1949 here.
(http://content.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/tf1t1nb0bh/?query=oregon&brand=calisphere)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 26, 2005 at 7:11 pm

Here are two photos from 1949. One is of the Lithia, and the other is the Varsity, which was another theater in Ashland:

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