Heilig Theatre

676 Willamette Street,
Eugene, OR 97401

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Heilig Theatre

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The Eugene Theatre was opened November 17, 1903. Located on Willamette Street near E. 6th Avenue it was initially a vaudeville theatre. Movies were introduced early on and on October 16, 1922 it was renamed Heilig Theatre. A 2/4 Robert Morton organ was installed in 1924. The Heilig Theatre closed June 3, 1973.

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GaryParks
GaryParks on April 15, 2007 at 8:15 pm

Wow! What a beautiful nighttime photo of downtown Eugene, with all that neon, that Lost Memory has posted. Sad to say, although Eugene is a very cool town, all of what is shown in the photo no longer exists. I was in Eugene week-before-last, and wandered the entire length of Willamette Street, looking for remnants of the theatres which once lined it. Aside from the well-preserved McDonald, nothing else seems to have survived. Eugene was hit hard in the Sixties and Seventies with a crop of Modernist office and commercial buildings. Some have considerable architectural merit in their own right, but there exists a considerable loss to the stock of older downtown buildings. Still, Eugene remains a cool and funky hippie town with charming historic homes, interesting and friendly people, and a thriving arts scene.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 6, 2007 at 9:07 pm

Here is an article about the exhibition of “Birth of a Nation” at the Heilig in 1915:
http://tinyurl.com/24jezs

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 1, 2017 at 1:56 pm

1965 photo added courtesy of John Chiax.

OCRon
OCRon on April 2, 2017 at 1:01 am

The Address was 676 Willamette Street. The 600 block is now a pedestrian walkway for Hult Center for the Performing Arts and the Hilton Hotel.

Opened as Eugene Theatre November 17, 1903 and became Heilig Theatre October 16, 1922. While being operated by Western Amusementsit closed June 3, 1973. (AKA Eugene Opera House on early Sanborn Maps). Ads and a photo news clip have been added to the photo section.

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