McDonald Theatre

1010 Willamette Street,
Eugene, OR 97402

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McDonald marquee

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Opened in 1925 as a silent movie house. Converted to a “talkie” movie house after the explosion of popularity in motion pictures, the venue today supports live music, plays, and other vibrant community gatherings. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on October 13, 2005 at 5:20 am

This theater is owned by the Kesey family of Eugene. Ken Kesey is the now deceased patriarch of that family and was the leader of the Merry Pranksters and the bus Furthur that was immortalized in Tom Wolffe’s, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 13, 2005 at 5:33 am

This is a small photo of the McDonald Theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 28, 2006 at 6:00 pm

The theater is in foreclosure and may sold at auction next week:
http://tinyurl.com/psg3e

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 29, 2006 at 4:13 pm

Interesting info in that article:

“The McDonald Theatre opened on May 27, 1925, as the Lowell Theater and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places”.

Maybe the article should be posted as a news file in case someone is interested in buying this theater.

GaryParks
GaryParks on April 15, 2007 at 6:05 pm

I saw and photographed the exterior of the McDonald week-before-last. It is in operation as a concert venue.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 25, 2007 at 6:33 am

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

McDonald Theater Building (added 1982 – Building – #82003733)
1004-1044 Willamette St., Eugene
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Thomas & Mercier
Architectural Style: Other, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Area of Significance: Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation, Commerce
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Specialty Store, Theater
Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Specialty Store, Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 28, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Vintage photos can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 25, 2008 at 6:48 pm

This is a photo of the McDonald Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 21, 2009 at 3:40 pm

The year given for this photo is 1984.

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